Your daily advent calendar to help #FindYourBelfast this Christmas

As December kicks off, the countdown to Christmas is in full swing.

And to make sure you get the best out of the festivities, Belfast Live has teamed up with Visit Belfast to let you know the very best of what's going on in our amazing city.

Every day in the run up to Christmas Day our exclusive Advent Calendar will reveal news of a fantastic event, a fabulous offer or a fascinating fact about our city to keep you fully on top of what's going on.

So keep an eye out, and most of all, enjoy...

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25 December

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from Visit Belfast and Belfast Live!

And if you’re looking ahead to New Year, there are lots of amazing options for a fab night to see in 2017.

Why not treat yourself to a night at Hastings Europa Hotel for just £70 per person? With fantastic live music and fine food, it’s the perfect place to bring in the New Year in Style. With an amazing breakfast thrown in to help you recover from the big night, what’s not to love?

Party in style at Titanic Belfast, enjoy a cocktail on arrival and alight supper before dancing the night away in front of the stunning Titanic staircase. With a live band, DJ and piper at midnight, it’s the perfect backdrop for a night to remember. Tickets £40.

Go up market with the black tie Governor’s Ball at Crumlin Road Gaol. A stunning drinks reception is followed by a superb four-course dinner with live entertainment and lots of dancing. Tickets £49.50.

Check out the Midnight in Paris Variety Show at Cabaret Supper club. The £65 ticket includes a singer and pianist, performances from the Burlesque Cotton Candies and resident drag artists, fire eating and contortionsist as well as lots of audience participation. There is a bubbles reception and two course meal to enjoy too, with tables available from 6.30pm.

Or expect some fizz at the I Heart NYE event at The MAC, a good old sing-song. With dancing til late and live music in the foyer from the house band The Moonshines, it’ll be a party to remember. Tickets £17.

Have fun and Happy New Year!

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December 24

If you haven’t managed to squeeze in a pre-Christmas panto, why not try to grab some last minute tickets to Pinocchio at the MAC?

Get the kids out of the house, wear them out and leave your other halfat home to get on with some Christmas prep.

Showings at 10.30am and 2pm. Tickets £25, kids under 16, £10.

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23 December

Take a bit of time out and enjoy some classical music with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Award-winning early music ensemble Sestina performs with the Sestina Baroque Chamber Orchestra for a magical start to Christmas weekend.

Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Chlorine Gardens. Starts at 7.30pm,tickets £12 - £15.

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22 December

Pop along to the SSE Arena for the ultimate family Christmas day out –what says winter more than ice skating?

Get a family skating ticket for £25.50 – two adults and two kids under 12, or three kids and one adult.

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21 December

Take a night off from the Christmas craziness and chill with Brian Kennedy at his 20th Anniversary Concert tonight at The Ulster Hall.

The concert kicks off at 8pm, tickets £25 - £30.

You can also get 10% off tickets at the Ulster Hall box office with a Translink bus or rail ticket.

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20 December

Take a trip to the Lisburn Road for some 'Only in Belfast' gift inspiration. With more than 30 independent stores, designers and galleries as well as top health and beauty outlets it’s a great day out, without even venturing into the city centre.

Check out the Bedeck store for stylish home and interior products or Nineteenthirty Atelier for limited edition menswear by designer Bronagh Griffin.

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19 December

St George’s Market will be extending its opening hours from today, so get down there for some beautiful unique gifts for the people you love.

Enjoy festive food and entertainment while you browse the iconic market.Open 11am-6pm today til Thursday.

Open 6am-3pm on Friday, and 8am-2pm on Christmas Eve.

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18 December

Treat yourself to some serious luxury and relaxation with five-star service at Titanic Belfast with a Festive Afternoon Tea. Set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite featuring the stunning replica staircase,it’s an out of this world experience.

Try delicious finger sandwiches, mouth watering cakes and exquisite éclairs,and if you really fancy a treat, add a little fizz with some Prosecco or champagne.


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17 December

If you’ve got a bit more shopping to do, why not make a full day and night of it and stay over at Belfast’s Fitzwilliam Hotel. It’s Park, Stay and Shop deal from £139 per night includes a full Fitzwilliam breakfast,complimentary parking and WiFi.

The unique boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city on Great Victoria Street, perfect for jumping off the bus, shopping by day and eating out and enjoying some festive drinks by night.

So why not get an early boss into the city, ditch your bags at the hotel and hit the shops?

You’re in walking and taxi distance to Castle Court and Victoria Square.

Once you’ve shopped up a thirst, grab some delicious dinner in any one of the city’s amazing restaurants. Try James Street South, Deanes or Howard Street for some truly spectacular grub.

And if you can manage a drink after all that action, why not grab a cocktail or two at The Apartment, The Merchant or get a cheeky one at Filthy McNasty’s?

Sounds like a great day out that’ll get you right in the Christmas mood.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel deals runs until December 22.

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16 December

Treat yourself and join comedienne Nuala McKeever for a Christmas Cracker Lunch at Hastings Europa Hotel.

The actress, who came to fame with the BBC's Give My Head Peace, will be hosting a comedy lunch at the hotel on Friday 16 and Thursday 22 December so you can have some serious laughs over your starters, mains and desserts - and a couple of drinks if you fancy.

Starting at 1pm, tickets £35.

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15 December

Time for some Only in Belfast inspiration.

We’ve got one of the best shopping cities in the UK, so make the most of it and get some truly unique presents for the people in your life from our very own independent stores. And let’s face it, you can always treat yourself while you’re in.

First and foremost, what about some luxurious chocolates from Chichester Street’s Co Couture? A delicious treat at this, the most magical time of year, when calorie-related guilt should definitely not apply. Make sure you try a hot chocolate while you’re there as well!

Or take a trip to The Good Food and Wine Company at Queen’s Arcade for stunning, award-winning hampers at amazing prices. They’re even offering next day delivery at the moment across the UK and Ireland.

What about picking up a great party dress at Liberty Blue on Lombard Street? If ever there’s a time of year you NEED a new frock, this is it. And you might spot a nice little number in there for your mum or sister too.

For amazing and fun educational toys, look no further than our very own Learning Space in College Street, which specialises in products for kids to bring kids on. With a fantastic range of sensory toys and games to develop skills and help kids with special needs, it’s a fab option for the little ones.

Matchetts Music on Wellington Place is another great option. As well as all the major instruments you could go for like a guitar, violin or even a piano, there are lots of other possibilities for music fans. What about a tin whistle, a song book or just some cute music-adorned stationery?

Or for something really special, what about a gift from Steensons? The stunning jewellers on Bedford Street deals in some of the finest hand crafted pieces in Ireland. As well as their own jewellery, handcrafted in Glenarm in Co Antrim, they also offer carefully selected pieces from British, Irish and European designers.

For more gift inspiration, check our Visit Belfast’s gift guides.

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14 December

Pony Panto at the MAC starts tonight. You never quite know what you’re going to get, but you’re going to get it!

Their reverent, adult-only mix of music and laughs has been a sell-out for the past four years.

Tickets £12-£17.

Runs until 23 December.

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13 December

Think about a bit of mid-week shopping in comfort with a Shop in The City package at Belfast’s Clayton Hotel.

For £122 per room,you’ll get a champagne cocktail on arrival, a £10 voucher for Victoria Square,breakfast and use of the fantastic leisure facilities.

At the heart of the Linen Quarter, you’re just a five minute walk from the shops and the best bars and restaurants in town.

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12 December

Things are getting serious! Christmas late night shopping gets even better as of today with shops in Belfast City Centre open until 10pm on weekdays from now.

Get your shopping shoes on and get stuck in!

Check out the Belfast city centre Christmas opening hours

Door 11

It's time to visit the Winterland Express at W5! Check out the video below for a taste of what you can see!

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10 December

Take a walk through time at Belfast Castle’s Christmas Tour with an illustrated talk on the history of the building right up to today.

Followed by tea, coffee and mince pies. Tickets £4. Tours are available on 10, 13, 17 and 18 December.

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9 December

Head to Writer’s Square in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter for a spectacular winter circus, the Gala Caberet Circus Club featuring daredevil acrobats,jaw-dropping trapeze, stand-up comedy as well as burlesque dancers and DJ.

The live entertainment will be under a heated circus big top at Writers’ Square,with food and a bar open throughout the show.

Adults: £22.

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And for those with little ones, SNOW is a perfect family circus show, with performances every day until 18 December.

Adults: £12
Kids: £7.50.

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8 December

Pop along to Belfast Christmas Market.

It’s open from 10am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday so if you can’t make it during the day drop by after work for a browse through the hand-painted pottery, continental food, festive arts and crafts from across Europe and beyond and grab a glass of mulled wine.

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7 December

The Gingerbread Mix Up kicks off at The Lyric Theatre tonight. Little monster Primrose is the apple of her daddy’s eye, but a pain in the neck for her mum.

Cast out in the forest with only her Nintendo for company, our heroine meets Pardon, a cool cat turned witch’s assistant.

Can Pardon save Primrose from the wicked witch? The show runs until January 7.

Adult tickets: £18 Kids - £12.50

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6 December

Make a night of it with a special Shop and Stay package at the Hastings Europa Hotel, from £125 per room.

This fabulous overnight stay includes festive tray bakes in your room on arrival, a £30 Victoria Square shopping voucher and a full Irish breakfast the following morning.

The Europa Hotel is in a great location, close to Belfast’s fabulous shops, award-winning restaurants and buzzing nightlife.

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5 December

Don’t forget – Belfast city centre shops are open until 9pm tonight!

There’s lots of on and off-street car parking available to make sure you can cart everything home.

Click here for a full breakdown of the Christmas hours.

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4 December

Cinderella opens at the Grand Opera House.

This year’s panto, starring Pop Idol Gareth Gates as Prince Charming and our very own May McFettridge as The Fairy Godmother, runs until January 15.

Tickets start at £18.

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