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Christmas bin collections, taxi prices, parking, weather, pub and off-licence opening hours in Belfast, Derry, Ballymena, Newry, Lisburn

Your guide for the festive break in Belfast and Northern Ireland

From parking to public transport - to when your bin will be collected to shop opening times - here is everything you need to know for Christmas in Northern Ireland.

Parking

From Friday November 27 until Sunday January 3 (inclusive) shoppers can take advantage of nearly 1,500 free parking spaces at 17 off-street car parks across Belfast. It covers Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

They include:

•Ashdale Street

•Bankmore Street

•Charlotte Street

•Corporation Square

•Corporation Street

•Cromac Street

•Dunbar Street

•Exchange Street

•Frederick Street

•Hope Street North

•Kent Street

•Little Donegall Street

•Little Victoria Street

•Marlborough Avenue

•Winetavern Street (Smithfield)

•Station Street

•York Street

They will offer free parking after 6pm on Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

A further 105 spaces are also being made available at the council’s staff car park in Ormeau Avenue at weekends during the festive season.

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Public transport

If you are leaving the car at home a special timetable will operate over the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

• No Ulsterbus, Metro, Goldline, Airport Express, NI Railways or Enterprise services will operate on Christmas Day. 

• There will be some limited Goldline, Ulsterbus and Metro services operating on Boxing Day, including Goldline Express X1 from Belfast to Dublin serving Dublin Airport.

Special holiday timetables will operate on many services between December 27 and January 2.

For holiday metro bus timetables click here

Full details of holiday timetables over the festive season are available online

Weather warnings

There are currently no weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland

But they can be checked here

Taxi fares

Both of Belfast's main taxi companies Value Cabs and FonaCAB are charging "fare-and-a-half" from 5pm on Christmas Eve to 5am on December 27; and the same applies again from 5pm on New Year's Eve to 5am on January 2.

Belfast Shopping Centre Opening Hours

Christmas week

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Castlecourt

Christmas Eve 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day  CLOSED

Boxing Day 10-6pm

Sunday December 27 1pm - 6pm

Monday December 28 9am - 6pm

Tuesday December 29 9am - 6pm

Wednesday December 30 Pam - 6pm

New Year's Eve - 9am - 5pm

New Year's Day 12pm - 5pm

Normal trading hours resume Saturday January 2 2016.

Victoria Square

Tuesday December 22 9am - 10pm

Wednesday December 23 9am - 10pm

Christmas Eve 8am to 5pm

Christmas Day CLOSED

Boxing Day 9am to 6pm

Sunday December 27 1pm to 6:00pm

New Year's Eve 9:30am to 5pm

New Year's Day 1pm to 6pm

Pub opening hours

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Christmas Eve: Bars will close at 11pm - or midnight if they have a late extension.

Christmas Day: 12.30pm - 10pm.

Boxing Day: Bars to close at 11pm - or 1am with a late extension.

Off sales

Christmas Eve 8am - 11pm

Christmas Day - none allowed.

NI Water

For all emergencies as well as day to day enquiries throughout Northern Ireland call the Waterline on: 0345 744 0088

Leakline

If you want to report a leak in the public water supply, call:

Leakline number: 0800 028 2011

(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Flooding

In the event of flooding from burst watermains or blocked sewers call Waterline: 0345 744 0088

You only need a single telephone number to report a flood – 0300 2000 100.

This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t have to decide which organisation you need to ring and you don't have to contact the Rivers Agency, Roads Service or NI Water – this will be done for you.

When you ring, a member of staff will take all your details and contact the appropriate agency on your behalf. This is a non emergency number so if you are in danger call the emergency services on 999.

Bin Collections - when will my bin be collected over Christmas?

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim Bin Collections:

Monday 28 December 2015 - collection as normal

Newtownabbey Black/Brown Bin Collections:

Friday 25 December 2015 - will now be collected on Monday 28 December 2015

Monday 28 December 2015 - collection as normal

Friday 1 January 2016 - will now be collected on Saturday 2 January 2016

Newtownabbey Kerbie Box/Wheelie Box Collections:

Friday 25 December 2015 -No collection

Monday 28 December 2015 - collection as normal

Friday 1 January 2016 - will now be collected on Saturday 2 January 2016

Ards and North Down Borough Council

There are no changes to household bin collections over Christmas or New Year

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Armagh

Thursday December 25 2015  – Collections will operate as normal.  Leave your bin out before 7.30am

Friday December 25 2015  – Bins will be collected on Friday 18th December. Leave your bin out before 7.30am  Your next collection will then resume as normal on Friday January 8 2016.

Monday December 28 2015  – Collections will operate as normal.

Friday January 1 2016  – Collections will operate as normal.

Bryson Recycling: blue/black box and food waste collections

All boxes/caddies will be collected as normal with the exception of Friday December 25 2015 and Friday January 1 2016.  These collections will take place on Saturday January 2 2016.

Please leave out your boxes/food caddy before 7.30am

Banbridge

Bins were collected on Friday December 19 for Christmas Day.

There are no other changes.

Craigavon

Bins due for collection on Christmas Day were collected on Saturday December 19. Food caddies will be collected on Monday December 28.

Bins and food caddies due for collection on New Year's Day will be collected on Saturday January 2 2016.

Belfast City Council

Usual bin collection date Friday December 25 - will now be collected on Sunday December 27

Usual bin collection date Monday December 28 - as normal

Friday January 1 2016 - will now be collected Saturday January 2 2016

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Bin Collections (including food waste caddies where applicable)

Ballymoney

Friday December 25 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 26

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected as normal   

Coleraine

Friday December 25 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 26

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Saturday January 2

Limavady

Friday December 25 2015          not applicable

Friday January 1 2016                not applicable

Moyle

Friday December 25 2015 will be collected on  Thursday December 24 except for Ballinagard Road, Carey Mill, Churchfield, Drumaroan, Glenmakeeran and Torr Road which will be collected on Saturday December 26.

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Thursday December 31 except for Ballinagard Road, Carey Mill, Churchfield, Drumaroan, Glenmakeeran and Torr Road which will be collected on Saturday January 2.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Anyone in the Derry area with a Friday bin collection had their blue bin emptied Saturday December 19. All other days of the week are unaffected.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

There will be no bin collection on Christmas day only.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Former Lisburn City Council Areas

Friday 25 December 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 19 2015

Friday January 1 2016 Saturday January 2 2016

Former Castlereagh Borough Council areas

Friday December 25 will be collected on 22nd -24th December (landfill - please leave your bins out for the duration)

Monday December28 2015 will be collected on 29th - 31st December 2015* (recycling please leave your bins out for the duration

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on 4th - 6th January 2016 ( recycling please leave your bins out for the duration)

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Ballymena

Thursday December  24 2015 - As normal

Friday December 25 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 26 2015

Monday December 28 2015 - As normal

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Saturday  January 2 2016

Larne Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015/16

Thursday December 25 2015 Blue & brown bins -As normal

Friday December 252015  Blue bins only will be collected on Monday December 28

Monday December 28 2015 - Blue bins only - As normal

Friday January 1 2016 Blue & black bins will be collected on Saturday January 2.

Carrickfergus

Black and Brown Bins

Thursday December 24 2015 - as normal

Friday December 25 2015  will be collected on Saturday December 19 2015

Monday December 28 2015 - As normal

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Saturday January 2 2016

Mid Ulster District Council

For residents of the former Dungannon council area

Friday December 25 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 19 2015

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Saturday January 2 2016

For residents of the former Cookstown and Magherafelt council area

Friday  December 25 2015 will be collected on Saturday December 26 2015

Bin collections will take place as normal on Friday January 1 2016 for residents of the former Cookstown and Magherafelt council areas.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Ballyward - Friday December 25 will be collected on Saturday December 19

Friday January 1 2016- no change

Former Newry and Mourne District

Friday December 25 will be collected on Sunday December 27

Friday January 1 will be collected on Saturday January 2

Former Down District

Friday December 25 will be collected on Monday December 28.

Friday January 1 2016 will be collected on Saturday January 2 2016

Births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships registration

Thursday December 25 - 9.30am - 3pm

Friday December 25 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015 - Closed

Monday December 28 2015 -  9.30am - 12 noon - Death registrations only

Tuesday December 29 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015  9.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday December 31 2015  9.30am - 3pm

Friday January 1 2016 - Sunday 3 January 2016 Closed

Monday January 4 2016  9.30am - 12 noon - Death registrations only

Tuesday January 5 2016  9.30am - 4.30pm

Leisure centres

For the holiday timetable for leisure centres in Belfast click here

Cemetries and Crematorium

Belfast Central office - 028 9027 0296

Thursday 24 December 2015 9.30am - 3pm

Friday 25 December 2015 Closed

Saturday 26 December 2015 - 9.30am - 12 noon

Monday December 28 2015 - Thursday 31 December 2015  9.30am - 4.30pm

Friday January 1 2016 - Closed

Saturday January 2 2016   9.30 am - 12 noon

Monday January 4 2016  9.30 am - 12 noon

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