Christmas at Mount Stewart, County Down.

Christmas in Northern Ireland is none like no other, full of festive flair with its unique winter wonderlands and enchanting cottages it truly is a magical experience for all the family.

It’s also the perfect place to shop and relax – From unique boutiques and locally handcrafted wares to a spot of luxurious afternoon tea its the ultimate Christmas gift.

Make magical memories

Create magical memories for the little ones with a visit to Santa at Northern Ireland's unique locations.  Be it enchanting snow cottages, Edwardian festive street scapes or holly-jolly sing-a-longs there are lots of family fun events and Santa experiences to choose from. Check our Events section for upcoming events this Christmas.

A Georgian experience

Celebrate Christmas Georgian style, from the 18th century dining experience to learning about its fascinating architecture and heritage.  Take a Georgian inspired break this November as Armagh City celebrates it in style, with its unique and historic cityscape it’s the perfect destination to honour this era. The city will be transformed with an abundance of activity from festive markets and spectacular lights shows to entertaining street theatre and carol-singing. 

A crafty Christmas or foodie heaven?

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Fast-pass into the Christmas spirit and explore the magic of the Christmas markets. Towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland will be transformed into a world of fairy lights and festive markets.  You can find that perfect locally hand crafted gift or enjoy many of the continental gastronomic delights on offer.  For that special find in a unique boutique or some high street shopping check out our Ultimate Guide to Shopping.

Festive teas and winter escapes

Whether you're looking for an afternoon treat to accompany a girlie Christmas shopping trip or a delicious festive surprise for someone special, There are many stunning locations hosting some very special festive themed afternoon teas for everyone to enjoy. Get away from it all during this stressful season and indulge in some ‘me’ time with a chilled out Christmas break. From the glimmering cities to shimmering seas Northern Ireland has plenty on offer.

New Year Celebrations

There's plenty to do over New Year's in Northern Ireland – from glitzy gala balls and theatrical shows to show stopping fireworks displays.

Here are a just a sample of some New Year’s popular favourites:

Be glam at the glitzy galaTitanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol and the Europa Hotel  in Belfast, amongst others play host to a New Year’s Eve gala ball events that happen across Providing a VIP experience with a drinks reception, fine dining at its best all jam-packed with an evening of fun entertainment.

An evening of theatre and jazz  - For something less formal celebrate the New Year with an evening of cabaret, comedy and a top notch dining experience at many of the theatre and cabaret venues across Northern Ireland.

Check out our Events section for upcoming New Year's celebrations.