Christmas in Belfast

City hall in Belfast at ChristmasBelfast really knows how to celebrate Christmas. Visitors will marvel at their numerous festivals and activities to mark this holiday season.

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and is the capital as well. Its name is derived from the Irish phrase “Beal Feirste” which is translated to “the sandy ford at the mouth of the river.”

Write Santa

Whoever said that Santa is not real? Tell the people of Belfast that and they will tell you that they have a special post box which can only receive letters for Santa. Santa’s Postbox is located in the grounds of the City Hall and will be in operation from 12 November to 19 December. Local children are encouraged to get their Christmas lists to Santa way before Christmas and they are guaranteed to get a personal letter back from no other than Santa himself!

Continental Christmas Market

Belfast has its own brand of Christmas shopping. This year, the hugely successful Continental Christmas Market is returning and will be running from 21 November to 18 December. It is currently being held in the grounds of Belfast City Hall and showcases countless stalls, each one offering its own unique products. Shoppers can take their pick from a wide range of crafts, decors, food, drink, gifts, and more – all of which come from all across Europe.

If shoppers need to take a break from all the walking, there are countless stalls which offer scrumptious bites and refreshing drinks from countries such as Spain, France, Holland, and Germany.

Children wanting to get a glimpse of Santa can do so at his own personal grotto One can reach Santa’s grotto by going through an enchanted forest which only allows children to go through!

The Belfast Wheel

Though not solely for Christmas, the Belfast Wheel is a good opportunity to view the city lights, especially for the season. As long as you are not afraid of heights, you should take the chance to see much of Belfast 200 feet from the ground. The Belfast Wheel is open from October 2007 to March 2008.

Christmas at the Belfast Zoo

Children have another chance to interact with Santa and his elves at the Belfast Zoo on the following dates: 1,2,8,9,15, and 16 December. Other activities include Christmas storytelling, gift wrapping, and other animal-oriented shows. A reminder, though, this is quite a popular event so pre-booking is highly recommended.

One Comment about “Christmas in Belfast”

  1. CompuMom Says:

    Believe it or not, I just found out (less than one year ago) that my Mother’s side of our family were 100% Irish and I’m 60 years old! Some day I will travel there and see some of the sites.

    I’m a big Christmas person, so of course I wanted to see how it is celebrated there.

    Sounds wonderful! Please visit my Christmas Page.

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