How much will a taxi cost? What day will bins be collected? From bus timetables to pub opening hours - everything you need to know in Belfast this Christmas
Most routes around the city centre were backed up with traffic on Monday as shoppers raced to secure presents in time for Christmas. To see which roads are currently affected click here.
There were severe delays on ALL Metro bus services as a result. Translink is providing updates on Twitter.
Snow looks unlikely, but the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain across Northern Ireland which could cause flooding, between 9pm on Monday 22 and noon on Tuesday 23.
If your black or blue bin is due to be collected on Christmas Day, it will now be collected this coming Saturday, December 27. If your collection falls on Boxing Day, it will now take place on Sunday, December 28.
If your bin is due to be collected on New Year’s Day, it will be collected on Saturday, January 3. Bins collected on Wednesday, December 24 and Friday, January 2 will still be picked up as normal.
Translink will operate its holiday timetable from Christmas Eve right through to New Year's Day. Timetables can be found here.
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.
Both of Belfast's main taxi companies Valuecabs and Fonacab are charging "fare-and-a-half" from 5pm on Christmas Eve to 5am on December 27th; and the same applies again from 5pm on New Year's Eve to 5am on January 2nd.
Shop opening hours
To 23rd December: Monday to Friday 9am – 10pm
Christmas Eve 9am – 5pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 10am – 6pm
Saturday 27th 9am – 6pm
Sunday 28th 1pm – 6pm
Monday 29th 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 30th 9am – 6pm
New Year’s Eve 9am – 5pm
New Year’s Day 12pm – 5pm
To 23rd December: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 10pm
Christmas Eve 9.30am – 5pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 9am – 6pm
St George's Market
As well as the usual weekend opening hours, the market will also be open on the following dates:
- Monday 22 December: 10am - 9pm
- Tuesday 23 December: 10am - 9pm
- Wednesday 24 December: 8am - 2pm
There will be normal opening hours on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 December. It will be closed on Friday 2 January 2015, reopening on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 January 2015 as normal.
Pub opening hours
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.
Christmas Eve 8am - 11pm
Christmas Day - none allowed.
NI Water industrial action
Hundreds of Northern Ireland Water workers have begun industrial action which they have warned will have a major impact on customers.
Union bosses have said that water supply and treatment services are set to be disrupted over the Christmas period.
Open until 4pm on Wednesday 24 and Wednesday 31 December.
Closed on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December and Thursday 1 and Friday 2 January.
Cemeteries and crematorium
Open to the public as usual: Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm.
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