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Belfast’s Christmas market // In pictures

City Hall in Belfast at Christmas, Northern Ireland

We’re approaching the start of December, the weather’s getting chilly and the scarf and gloves have been dug out of the cupboard. It can mean only one thing – Christmas market season is coming. I love a good Christmas market and will be sipping vin chaud at one in Paris later this month, but for now I’m revisiting my trip to Belfast. The Continental Christmas Market there is held outside City Hall and is full of the usual mix of food, drink and gift stalls. There’s a real multinational feel with stallholders coming from over 30 different countries – so you can get a crepe, bratwurst, springbok burger or paella to go along with your gluwein or mulled cider, and even pick up a ‘raindeer’ to take home with you.

Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christmas markets in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The details

Belfast Christmas Market takes place from 19 November to 22 December 2016. It’s open from 10am–8pm on Monday to Wednesday, 10am–10pm on Thursday to Saturday, and 1pm–6pm on Sundays.

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    patriciamoed
    November 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great post, Lucy! Thanks.

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    curioustourist13
    November 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Love this time of year in Europe! I wish the U.S. had some sense of Christmas markets. Truly a magical time!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Christmas markets are such a huge thing in Europe now, sure it won’t be long til they start to cross over to the US!

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    restlessjo
    November 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Looks good, Luce. I remember your great post on the Titanic Museum.
    Never been to Belfast. Bags me a reindeer 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Can’t believe it was almost a year ago I was in Belfast! Really enjoyed it, great place for a weekend city break.

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    Suzanne Courtney
    November 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love Christmas markets and this one looks lovely. I can almost smell the mulled wine!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Had my first mulled wine last weekend so am starting to feel a bit festive!

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    dixiedeano
    November 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I never miss the Belfast’s Christmas market and Luce, you describe it to a tee.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Enjoy it this year, have a mulled wine for me!

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    Madhu
    November 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Ah looks wonderful Lucy! And envying you the vin chaud in Paris even before you get there! Have fun 😉

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Madhu, can’t beat a vin chaud to get you into the Christmas spirit. Pics of Parisian markets to come later this month hopefully!

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        Madhu
        November 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

        Look forward to it 🙂

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    Jono Cusack
    November 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Love this time of year with Christmas markets all around Europe!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

      They’ve really taken off in Europe, most cities seem to have their own versions now!

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        Jono Cusack
        November 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

        I love the one in Vilnius in Lithuania

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    outaboutmum
    November 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Going here in Friday! You can’t get better than the Belfast Christmas market!!!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Have a great time, looks like it should be even bigger this year!

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        outaboutmum
        November 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        As long as there is no demonstrations!!

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    atravelingb
    November 26, 2013 at 2:33 am

    It looks like a great time! I have always wanted to go to Belfast, but I never knew they had a Christmas market. It has been added to the list!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Belfast was lovely just before Christmas, we did get really lucky with some gorgeous sunny weather which helped!

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    bevchen
    November 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Very nice! Our Christmas market starts on Thursday… I can’t wait!

    Somebody recently found my blog by searching for “raindeer” biscuits. I imagined a deer made up of little rain drops…

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

      A ‘raindeer’ sounds so cute doesn’t it! Enjoy your Christmas market trip too.

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    love.antoinette
    November 27, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Christmas markets – my absolute favorite during the holiday season!! Would love to experience the holidays in other countries in the following years to come.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I’ve only spent Christmas itself in the UK and Australia so would love to see how it’s celebrated in Asia or South America some day!

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    laurensnoof
    November 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Looks lovely, I’m yet to head to Liverpool’s christmas markets, can’t wait to get my hands on some tasty food! Great post!
    Lauren
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    nylonliving
    November 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Just Go Places.

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    riannev
    December 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve never been to a Christmas market, but it looks like I would really enjoy myself there! A good way to get into the christmas spirit 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      They’re great – you can’t help feeling Christmassy with all those smells of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts!

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    Rebecca
    December 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

    As much as I love a hot Aussie Christmas, I’d love to have a White Christmas one day! Nice pics.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      I’ve spent a couple of Christmases in Australia and it felt so strange for me being hot and sunny, it’s definitely a lot different in Europe but if it snows then it’s so beautiful!

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    mactwisp
    December 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Reblogged this on metricfunk27 (Enter Another World).

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    mactwisp
    December 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I want those Choco <3 thanks for this amazin' post btw

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      They were really good! Thanks for reblogging.

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        mactwisp
        December 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        no prob!!!! now youre making me jealous ahah

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    Juan Knows
    December 15, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I can only imagine getting a taste of all those sumptuous Christmas treats! I hope my city also hosts one like these…but, instead we get bazaars with very few Christmas spirit on it!!! Either way, it’s C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!!!!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      The food was great – and all those Christmassy smells of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts – definitely gets you in the festive spirit!

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    Where's Wiwi?
    December 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I love European Christmas markets! I was lucky enough to get to Germany in 2006 and visit a few brilliant ones and have been hankering to get back there ever since. Your post has made my feet even itchier than normal!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I’ve been to a few in France and the UK but would love to do a proper traditional one in Germany some time – one for the 2014 travel list!

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    elatlboy
    December 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Great pics. Try to get to as many markets as I can each holiday season. Love the atmosphere!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Great aren’t they, always get me feeling festive!

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