4 Belfast Markets you need to visit this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way is there to celebrate the season and support local than in a Belfast market.

Belfast markets are celebrating extra opening hours this Christmas and you really are spoilt for choice when shopping in the city’s four markets. The markets each provide a completely different experience and there really is something for everyone!

Christmas at St George’s

The iconic St George’s Market will be open extra days during Christmas week meaning visitors have even more time to enjoy Northern Ireland’s finest artisan foods and a stunning choice of unique craft, antique, vintage, art and gifts.

Recognised as the UK’s No1 market, St George’s will have all kinds of delicious foodie temptations, gift ideas, live music and a festive atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

The market is open:
Monday 19 – Thursday 22 December: 11am – 6pm,
Friday 23 December: 6am – 3pm,
Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December: 8am – 2pm,
Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December: market closed

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Belfast Christmas Market

Now a much loved city tradition you can taste your way around the world with a range of culinary delights at the Belfast Christmas Market at City Hall until Dec 22nd!

In addition to the fantastic stalls of food, drink and crafts, there are 20 stalls in chalets at the entrance gates to City Hall that will feature some of our finest local food and craft producers to celebrate Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016.

Santa will be enchanting Narnia themed grotto and follow a fairy trail around the market and will support the Children’s Cancer Unit at The Royal Victoria Hospital.

The market is open: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm; Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm (finishes at 8pm on Thursday 22 December); Sunday: 1pm – 6pm.

Christmas at Smithfield Market

Smithfield is up there with St George’s as one of the last two remaining historic marketplaces in the city. Rebuilt in the 1970’s, Smithfield is the focal point of the Smithfield & Union Quarter in Belfast. These days it’s more of a mini mall, but it’s heart is still a market, with a number of families trading there for over 60 years, some are happy to tell stories of the old days at Smithfield.

Pop in and browse for antiquities, vintage, collectors items, gifts, boxing equipment, trophies, retro gaming, rugs and so much more. If you love nostalgia then Smithfield is for you!

You’ll also find a number of essential service providers here; phone, watches, clothes, jewellery and PC repairs. And the great value Bistro and Doughzy Donuts.

Smithfield is open every day in December until Christmas Eve.

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River House Yard Food Market

The River House Yard is located in the heart of Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter and is a winter-proofed, outdoor street food market constructed from shipping containers that have transformed an underused yard into a buzzing and energetic spot.

Tucked between the Spaniard and The National, Belfast’s Street Food Market will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm until Christmas Eve.

The National will be providing the bar and the vendors taking part include Broughammon Farms, Boojum, Burger Republic, Oui Poutine, and On the Hoof.

For more information on what’s happening at Belfast’s markets this festive season, go to www.visitbelfast.com/christmas

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