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Belfast Christmas Market 2017: Everything you need to know

The Belfast Christmas Market returns to City Hall this weekend to kick off the festive celebrations for 2017.

Inside the gates visitors will find a selection of hand-painted pottery, continental food, fancy festive decorations, and a wide range of festive arts and crafts from across Europe and beyond.

So if you're excited about the upcoming spread of festive cheer - here's everything you need to know about this year's market.

When does the Belfast Christmas Market kick off?

The Belfast Christmas Market opens from 12noon on Saturday, November 18 on the grounds of City Hall.

How long is the Market sticking around?

It will remain in the city centre until 6pm on Saturday, December 23.

What are the opening times?

Opening times are as follows:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 10am-8pm
  • Thursday - Saturday: 10am -10pm
  • Sunday: 12noon- 6pm.

Will Santa be hanging out at this year's Market?

Of course - Santa will be at his grotto throughout the duration of the Christmas Market's stay in Belfast and good girls and boys can visit him at the following times:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 3pm - 6pm
  • Thursday - Friday:  2pm - 7pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 7pm
  • Sunday 12 noon - 6pm

Visitors to the gingerbread themed grotto - which is supporting the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children - will receive a present and a picture with Santa for £10.

What local stalls are pitched at the Market this year?

Local food and craft stalls will include Rossi’s of north Belfast who stole the show last year with their ice cream chimneys.

Traders from The Dock Market including Baked in Belfast will also be donning their tinsel and Santa hats - as will The Belfast Beard Company, previous winners of the Market’s Pitch Perfect new business initiative after a very successful boost to their business in 2016.

Will there also be stalls from our European friends?

Of course! The Christmas Market has 32 nationalities from all over the world bringing all sorts of unusual foods and gift ideas.

This includes crepes from France, Dutch pancakes, Belgian chocolates, an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers, giant bratwurst from the iconic Schwenkegrill, Spanish paella and sweets from Italy.

Visitors can also treat themselves to the well known Hug in a Mug of Gluhwein and end the day in one of the bars serving local and continental drinks, taking the chance to dig through those shopping bags, look over their purchases and get even more into the Christmas spirit.

What's new at this year's Christmas Market?

This year the new additions to the Market include: a food court with bench style seating where visitors can take a break from the busy walkways as they eat their grub, plus a vintage helter skelter offers stunning views right across the Market and of course a wonderful whizzing experience for the kids.

For more information, visiit www.belfastcity.gov.uk

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