The Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry

Here's a round-up of what else is happening over the festive period.


The popular Christmas Winterland Markets in Guildhall Square will also make a welcome return from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th December with a bar serving craft and artisan drinks, live music, kids entertainment and festive animation.

Step into the majestic wonderland of Santa’s Christmas Workshop in the Guildhall with story-telling, Christmas crafts and an appearance from the man himself, Father Christmas.

A new element to this year’s programme is the nightly Box Wonders from Thursday November 13th to Sunday December 16th when model toys will come to life from present boxes with a burst of colour, light and sound when the Guildhall clock strikes 6 each night.

The Grand Christmas Procession at 6pm on December 15th is back and will depart from the Christmas Markets in Guildhall Square and meander through the City Centre.

On Sunday December 16th a Mini Walkabout Procession in Waterloo Place and Guildhall Square from 4pm – 6pm will see King Wenceslas on stilts and six golden geese thrill the crowds of seasonal shoppers.


Image courtesy of Market Place Europe

An array of new things to do are coming to Belfast! Head for the city centre where you’ll find a ski slope, ferris wheel, helter skelter, amusements and family zones, all of which are being set up to complement the retail offering in and around the city. The activities will stretch from Cathedral Gardens, up Royal Avenue and Donegall Place to City Hall, as well as on the streets in and around the cordon around Bank Buildings (the old Primark store).  

Shoppers will be allowed to walk past the Primark building as part of a covered walkway as a new tunnel reconnects Donegall Place and Royal Avenue. 

While you’re in the city centre, take advantage of the free tours available of City Hall or head for the free Visitor Exhibition. In doing so you’ll learn all about the extraordinary building and have the opportunity to admire the city’s civic treasures. One such gem can be spotted as soon as you step through the doors - look immediately upwards to admire the impressive, ornate central dome and bronze chandelier. Hanging 20 metres above ground level, the 1.3 tonne chandelier features more than 100 glass shades and in December is raised specially to allow for the Christmas Tree to be installed.  To see for yourself, arrange a tour by signing in at City Hall reception. Free guided tours of City Hall daily Monday - Friday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm).


Treat your tastebuds to something special at Titanic Belfast, with a special Festive Afternoon Tea by the stunning Titanic Staircase accompanied with live jazz.  Every Sunday in December and 1st January.

A night not to be missed at Hillsborough Castle - Christmas Ghost Stories with Ian McElhinney.  Join the acclaimed actor and director as he reads ghost stories in an atmospheric, spooky candle-lit room at Hillsborough Castle (28th December). 

Hire an igloo at Cutter's Wharf (available until March 2019).  Enjoy festive packages including winter cocktails, mulled wine and mince pies in one of these fully heated festive domes.  Call directly to book.     


Catch a Panto or show in one of our theatres

On the Shelf (10-22 December) or Jack and the Beanstalk (1 December-13 January) at The Grand Opera House

The Elves and the Shoemaker (27 November-6 January) at The MAC

Alice:The Musical (30 November-5 January) or Bah, Humbug (17 November-5 January) at The Lyric

Beauty and the Beast (30 November-6 January) at the Belfast Waterfront Hall

Peter Pan (30 November-30 December) at the Millenium Forum

Cinderella (7-19 December) at Waterside Theatre

Annie the Musical (29 November-8 December) at The Ardhowen

It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas (4-31 December) at Theatre at the Mill

Here are some more events happening over the festive period and where you can see Santa.