Belfast Christmas Market

This year, Belfast Christmas Market takes place from Saturday November 18th until Friday December 22nd 2024.  Attracting over one million visitors every year, the Belfast Christmas markets will take place within the grounds of Belfast City Hall at Donegall Square in the city.

The stalls will be open between the following times:

  • Monday to Wednesday – 10am – 8pm (bars open until 9pm)
  • Thursday to Saturday – 10am – 10pm (bars open until 11pm)
  • Sunday – 12pm – 6pm

Now entering its 18th year, the Belfast Christmas Market first hit the city back in 2004 and it has gone from strength-to-strength since.

Over 1,000,000 were expected to have attended last year’s event, with over 40,000 visitors alone passing through the stalls on the opening weekend.

Visitors to the market can expect over 100 exhibitors from 28 counties, beer tents and all of the usual festive bits and bobs, like crafts and sweet treats.

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What Stalls Will Be There?

As well as even more local flavour, the Market still offers something a little bit different with 21 nationalities from all over the world bringing all sorts of unusual foods and gift ideas.

This includes crêpes from France, Dutch pancakes, Belgian chocolates, an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers, giant bratwurst from the iconic Schwenkgrill, Spanish paella and sweets from Italy.

Visitors can also treat themselves to the well known ‘Hug in a Mug’ of Gluhwein from the prize winning Kochem vineyard located in the Mosel Valley, Germany, or end the day in one of the bars serving local and continental drinks to get even more into the Christmas spirit.

This year the food court at the Market with bench style seating makes a return, as does the carousel and vintage Helter Skelter, offering views across the market.

Support for local food and craft has increased with a number of St George’s Market traders joining in. Some local favorites will also be returning including Pappas Minerals and Tapitas, Rossi’s Ice Cream and the Toasted Marshmallow stall.

What Can You Do At Belfast Christmas Market?

This is what you can get up to at this year’s Market:

  • A vintage helter-skelter
  • An observation wheel (at Cathedral Gardens)
  • A Santa train
  • A busy-bee carousel
  • A large snow-slide
  • An Olaf ride

Still feeling festive then check out guide to the best Christmas Markets in the UK.

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