The air is icy cold, the streets are full of shimmering light – and every doorway seems to radiate warmth and laughter. It’s that time of year again!

Christmas is traditionally labelled a time for family togetherness. A time where differences are put aside and the whole unit can spend some good old fashioned quality time with one another.

Stuck for ideas on the perfect family friendly festivities? Read on through our list for some inspiration.


Tumble Circus Winter Circus

17 December – 3 January

Writer’s Square, Donegall Street

After an 18 month forced hiatus courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic, the beloved Tumble Circus is back!

Filled to the brim with incredible all human performances ranging from hilarious comedy to breathtaking aerial trapeze, fans of the show will be excited to learn that the show is “louder and prouder than ever before”. 

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Christmas Market

13 – 23 December

Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square

Belfast’s most famous Christmas attraction has been back to form since last month,  in all of its award-winning splendour!

Packed with delicious foods spanning local and international origin, beautiful artisan crafts and an iconic Helter Skelter, the Christmas Market is a wonderful family trip. 

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Pinocchio: The Greatest Wonder Of The Age

13 – 31 December

The Lyric Theatre

Nothing says Christmas like a panto! The first in our list of must see family friendly shows is Pinocchio: The Greatest Wonder Of The Age. 

From the team behind The Lyric Theatre’s “Alice the Musical” and “Peter Pan, the Musical” comes “Pinocchio: The Greatest Wonder of the Age”: a brand new musical reimagining of the age old tale of a little wooden boy who dares to dream. 

Starring a myriad of fantastical circus performers, beautiful sets, and an impressive musical score – this is a show not to be missed.

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The Untold Truth of Captain Hook

13 December – 1 January


Next up is the story of a villain who is rendered the hero in his own tale!

The Untold Truth of Captain Hook is a hilarious romp, which subverts everything you think you know about Peter Pan. Are you ready for the truth? 

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Santa’s Night Safari

16 – 19 December

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Walk on the wild side this Christmas with Santa’s Night Safari – an immersive theatre experience that will see you and your family taking part on a map-led adventure to meet a myriad of wonderful characters!

With a Relaxed Performance available for audience members who are looking for a less intense lighting and sound show, this is one to watch this Christmas. 

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Jingle Belles: A Family Christmas Spectacular

23 December

The Black Box

Belfast singers and siblings, Tom and Sinéad O’Kelly, will be performing an evening of festive music, joviality and fun! 

As the Jingle Belles, the pair will be performing their family friendly cabaret performance. With more Christmas classics, pop number ones and show tunes than you could shake a stick at, this ‘Christmas Spectacular’ is sure to get you and yours in the mood for the big day.

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