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In pictures: Belfast’s Christmas market

Belfast Christmas market, 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 am hoping to be sipping vin chaud at one in Paris later this month, but for now I’m revisiting last year’s 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, and even pick up a ‘raindeer’ to take home with you.

City Hall in Belfast at Christmas, Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas market, Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas market, Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas market, Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas market, Northern Ireland

Belfast Christmas market, Northern Ireland

2013’s Belfast Christmas Continental Market is being held at City Hall between 16 November and 22 December. It’s open every day, from 10am– 8pm on Monday–Wednesday, 10am–10pm on Thursday–Sunday and 1pm–6pm on Sundays.

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  1. Great post, Lucy! Thanks.

    November 25, 2013
  2. Love this time of year in Europe! I wish the U.S. had some sense of Christmas markets. Truly a magical time!

    November 25, 2013
    • 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!

      November 26, 2013
  3. Looks good, Luce. I remember your great post on the Titanic Museum.
    Never been to Belfast. Bags me a reindeer :)

    November 25, 2013
    • Can’t believe it was almost a year ago I was in Belfast! Really enjoyed it, great place for a weekend city break.

      November 26, 2013
  4. I love Christmas markets and this one looks lovely. I can almost smell the mulled wine!

    November 25, 2013
    • Had my first mulled wine last weekend so am starting to feel a bit festive!

      November 26, 2013
  5. I never miss the Belfast’s Christmas market and Luce, you describe it to a tee.

    November 25, 2013
    • Enjoy it this year, have a mulled wine for me!

      November 26, 2013
  6. Ah looks wonderful Lucy! And envying you the vin chaud in Paris even before you get there! Have fun ;-)

    November 25, 2013
    • 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!

      November 26, 2013
    • Look forward to it :-)

      November 26, 2013
  7. Love this time of year with Christmas markets all around Europe!

    November 25, 2013
    • They’ve really taken off in Europe, most cities seem to have their own versions now!

      November 26, 2013
    • I love the one in Vilnius in Lithuania

      November 26, 2013
  8. Going here in Friday! You can’t get better than the Belfast Christmas market!!!

    November 25, 2013
    • Have a great time, looks like it should be even bigger this year!

      November 26, 2013
    • As long as there is no demonstrations!!

      November 26, 2013
  9. 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!

    November 26, 2013
    • Belfast was lovely just before Christmas, we did get really lucky with some gorgeous sunny weather which helped!

      November 26, 2013
  10. 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…

    November 26, 2013
    • A ‘raindeer’ sounds so cute doesn’t it! Enjoy your Christmas market trip too.

      November 26, 2013
  11. Christmas markets – my absolute favorite during the holiday season!! Would love to experience the holidays in other countries in the following years to come.

    November 27, 2013
    • 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!

      November 28, 2013
  12. 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
    paradiselosttravels.wordpress.com

    November 27, 2013
  13. Reblogged this on Just Go Places.

    November 28, 2013
  14. 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 :)

    December 1, 2013
    • They’re great – you can’t help feeling Christmassy with all those smells of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts!

      December 3, 2013
  15. As much as I love a hot Aussie Christmas, I’d love to have a White Christmas one day! Nice pics.

    December 7, 2013
    • 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!

      December 9, 2013
  16. Reblogged this on metricfunk27 (Enter Another World).

    December 11, 2013
  17. I want those Choco <3 thanks for this amazin' post btw

    December 11, 2013
    • They were really good! Thanks for reblogging.

      December 12, 2013
    • no prob!!!! now youre making me jealous ahah

      December 12, 2013
  18. 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!!!!

    December 15, 2013
    • The food was great – and all those Christmassy smells of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts – definitely gets you in the festive spirit!

      December 16, 2013
  19. 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!

    December 15, 2013
    • 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!

      December 16, 2013
  20. elatlboy #

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

    December 17, 2013
    • Great aren’t they, always get me feeling festive!

      December 18, 2013

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