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The most Instagrammable spots in Northern Ireland to take a perfect picture this Christmas

We’ve picked out some of the best locations to make memories at this December

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Picturesque: Christmas decorations in Commercial Court in Belfast

Picturesque: Christmas decorations in Commercial Court in Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Commercial Court, Belfast

Commercial Court, Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

Belfast Christmas Market and City Hall

Belfast Christmas Market and City Hall

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Lisburn's light tunnel

Lisburn's light tunnel

Hillsborough castle and gardens

Hillsborough castle and gardens

Brian Morrison

Cookstown Main Street

Cookstown Main Street

The Guildhall, Derry

The Guildhall, Derry

Silent Valley

Silent Valley

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Picturesque: Christmas decorations in Commercial Court in Belfast

Christmas is the perfect time for festive photos with family and friends that you might not have seen in a while.

With almost two years of the Covid-19 pandemic keeping people apart and confined to their own homes, we have picked out some of the best Instagrammable places across Northern Ireland for you to take pictures and make memories at this December.

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Joy’s Entry

Joy’s Entry

Stephen Hamilton

Joy’s Entry

Joy’s Entry

This city centre favourite is the most talked about Christmas photo spot every year, with people queuing to get a photo in front of the Schweppes-sponsored tunnel.

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Ali and Dakota Bunting in Joy's Entry

Ali and Dakota Bunting in Joy's Entry

Stephen Hamilton

Ali and Dakota Bunting in Joy's Entry

Belfast Christmas Market & City Hall

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Whether you’re snapping photos of the magical helter skelter, or getting photos with a stein at the German beer tent, you could fill an entire photo album (or Instagram account) with snaps purely from the continental Christmas market.

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Belfast Christmas Market and City Hall

Belfast Christmas Market and City Hall

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Belfast Christmas Market and City Hall

Cookstown Main Street, Co Tyrone

Cookstown has the longest and widest main street across the island of Ireland, which is why its Christmas lights display is always so spectacular.

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Cookstown Main Street

Cookstown Main Street

Cookstown Main Street

The Guildhall, Derry

The Walled City’s famous square will not only host Santa and Mrs Claus for children to meet this month, but also boasts a beautifully photogenic Christmas tree of around 60ft.

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The Guildhall, Derry

The Guildhall, Derry

The Guildhall, Derry

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The new Christmas lights trail features shimmering chandeliers hanging in the woodland, a garden of luminous lasers and thousands of twinkling lights for the best magical camera shots.

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Hillsborough castle and gardens

Hillsborough castle and gardens

Brian Morrison

Hillsborough castle and gardens

Commercial Court, Belfast

One of the city’s most photographed streets, Cathedral Quarter’s nightlife hub is home to red fairy lights and cute cobbled streets all year round, but is even more photogenic for festive nights out.

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Commercial Court, Belfast

Commercial Court, Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

Commercial Court, Belfast

The Merchant Hotel’s Christmas Tree, Belfast

A photograph with this luxury tree is almost as indulgent as the Tyrone Crystal chandelier and 150-year-old roof it resides under.

Lisburn Light Tunnel

A popular picture location, Lisburn has illuminating light installations at various locations across the city and colour-changing Prisms in Market Square throughout the evening.

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Lisburn's light tunnel

Lisburn's light tunnel

Lisburn's light tunnel

Lough Erne resort, Co Fermanagh
If you can brace the cold for a photo beside the beautiful Lough Erne on an icy day, an equally fantastic photo opportunity awaits inside the five-star hotel, with open log fires and vintage decorations.

The Dark Hedges, Co Antrim

Ballymoney’s picture-perfect road which was made iconic by global phenomenon series, Game of Thrones, makes for a perfect winter’s walk.

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The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Victoria Square, Belfast

The shopping centre has decorations and Christmas trees aplenty, but even has some sets purposely designed on its ground floors for passers-by to stop for a quick photo break.

Vintagehill Galbally, Co Tyrone

This ‘Christmas house’ has been made entirely by local man Laurence McCrory and brings joy to all the neighbours and visitors beyond the rural residence every year. Although Santa’s Grotto couldn’t open due to the pandemic last year, Laurence makes sure that the light show continues for plenty of picture chances for anyone who wants to stop by.

Silent Valley, Co Down

Hidden in the Mourne mountains, this valley has picturesque views of woodland, water and wildlife. You can stop by the workers’ historical cottage, which housed people building the Silent Valley Reservoir many years ago.

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Silent Valley

Silent Valley

Silent Valley


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