Belfast Christmas Market

A Traditional Christmas Continental Market in Belfast

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Market Place will be returning to the grounds of the Belfast City Hall (Donegall Square, BT1 5GS) for the 13th year for the much anticipated and highly popular Belfast Christmas Market! The gates will be open every day for visitors to explore a number of countries from across the world including Germany, Spain, France, Italy and a number of local traders. Santa will be visiting the market to meet families as there will be plenty of entertainment during our visit.


One of Belfast landmark buildings, the famous City Hall with its beautiful gardens,  provides a wonderful backdrop for the Belfast Christmas Market, situated right in the heart of the City Centre and its wider retail shopping areas. The Market is situated directly alongside the central Bus link and taxi station so transport and travel are never far away.

These fabulous City Hall gardens are transformed into a bustling continental village providing a great shop around Europe opportunity in the heart of this famous City Centre.

The Belfast Christmas Market also guarantees a real Irish welcome for all its visitors.

Among the retail theatre taking place each day, visitors will be able to avail of the now infamous culinary delights including a range of products such as cheeses, olives, Italian nougat, Belgian chocolates, French tarts, (made on site by a fantastic Breton Patisserie) Mouthwatering foods will be available for customers to sample and buy as they wander around the Yuletide market – giant Bratwurst sold from a traditional Schwenkgrille, Spanish Paella, exotic and rare meats from around the World such as Alligator, Impala, Kangaroo and Wild Boar. For those who enjoy Crepes one of the best Creperies in Europe will be selling both the sweet crepes and savoury Galettes alternatively the Dutch equivalent the poffertjes (or mini pancakes) will be served with a variety of toppings.

Marketplace have also handpicked a selection of traders selling a wide range of unique art and craft products from various countries around the world for you to find that special gift or just a treat for yourself. And of course bringing a great splash of colour is the Dutch Bulb and Plant Garden selling a fabulous array of bulbs, trees, shrubs, garden ornaments and bird feeders.

To warm you

The market features some fantastic refreshment areas such as the Continental Bar and Lavery’s traditional Irish Bar where you can hear some great live music or wander around the German Gluwein and Bratwurst Stands enjoying a great glass of warming mulled wine.

Don’t forget Santa’s Grotto!!
And if all that shopping, eating and drinking doesn’t satisfy you, you can also take the family to visit Santa in his specially designed Grotto which will be open: Monday to Wednesday 3pm – 6pm, Thursday to Friday 2pm – 7pm, Saturday  11am to 7pm and Sunday 12noon to 6pm.

And if you post Santa a letter (in his post box in the grounds of the Belfast Christmas Market) by Tuesday 19th December you’ll receive a letter back from him!

Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme is about promoting accessibility for all who visit the Belfast Christmas Market. These FREE tours operate during quieter times of the market for people who may have accessibility issues. Monday to Thursday 10am – 12noon. To book a tour please email

Educational Tours

Market Place are thrilled to offer local primary schools the opportunity to take part in our FREE Educational Tours! These allow young children to visit the market with their teachers to meet the traders, learn about all the different cultures being represented at the market and to try some tasty foods at the festive market! These tours run daily Monday to Thursday between 11am to 3pm. To book please email

Please note

Christmas Market closes at 6pm on Saturday 23 Dec 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10 am - 8 pm 10 am - 8 pm 10 am - 8 pm 10 am - 10 pm 10 am - 10 pm 10 am - 10 pm 12pm - 6 pm
  • Rowena

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Beautiful cozy lovely x-mas market, been living here almost a year now and it's a great place to wander for hours.. Love it!


    It's called "poffertjes" not pofitjes.. :-)

  • Dympna

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Great for food and hot drinks

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