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Weekend Plans? Christmas markets, outdoor cinemas, wild river dog park and Belfast by the glass

The Belfast Christmas market. Picture by Visit Ireland
The Belfast Christmas market. Picture by Visit Ireland The Belfast Christmas market. Picture by Visit Ireland

We all fear wasting the weekend, often offering respite from our daily routine. However, many of us end up stumped about how to spend those treasured 48 hours. Which is why we have your guide to a fun-filled weekend whether you are going out or staying in.

FAMILY

Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast city centre, November 18 – December 22

The Belfast Christmas markets are back for their 18th year at City Hall. With over 100 international and local traders in the festive village, the markets offer an authentic feast of quality Christmas fayre.

Outdoor Cinema: The Polar Express, CS Lewis Square, Belfast, November 24 at 5pm

A statue of Aslan in CS Lewis Square at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber Greenways in east Belfast. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker
A statue of Aslan in CS Lewis Square at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber Greenways in east Belfast. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker A statue of Aslan in CS Lewis Square at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber Greenways in east Belfast. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker

Grab a hat, gloves and your big coat and get ready for a magical journey under the starry sky as CS Lewis square is transformed into the ultimate outdoor cinema.

Candlelight Concerts: Hans Zimmer’s Best Works, Belfast Cathedral, November 24 at 6pm

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations. In this tribute to the work of iconic composer Hans Zimmer audiences will hear a string quartet play the music he wrote for classics such as The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean Suite and Gladiator.


Wild River Dog Park, Ballynahinch, open all year round

@wildriverdogpark Wild River Dog Park - the place to be if you’re a dog owner in Northern Ireland ❤️ #wildriverdogpark #mustvisitplaces #dogparentsoftiktok #dogfriendlyspots #northernirishtiktok #fyp #viralvideo ♬ Cruel Summer - Taylor Swift

Why not treat your furry friends to an adventure the weekend? Described as Disneyland for dogs this three-acre park is the perfect place to exercise your dog off-lead, with plenty of agility and activities for them to enjoy.

Whether your four-legged friend is a social butterfly or a lone wolf there’s something for everyone. The fun park is bookable for play sessions of up to 10 dogs for £5 or you can reserve a private park for 1-1 with your dog for £10.

Their coffee shop ‘Number 42’ also offers luxury tray bakes and savoury snacks for owners as well as puppuccinos for pooches.

Read more:

Everything you need to know about the Belfast Christmas Market 2023


FRIENDS

Truth, Love or Promise, Lyric Theatre Belfast, November 24 at 8pm

Nuala McKeever picture from the Lyric Theatre Belfast
Nuala McKeever picture from the Lyric Theatre Belfast Nuala McKeever picture from the Lyric Theatre Belfast

How much do you really know about your friends and more importantly, how much do they really know about you? That is the question facing Brenda, Maureen and Joanna in Nuala McKeever’s smash hit, sell-out play which has been brough back by popular demand.

Belfast by the Glass, The Spirit Circle 62 High St Belfast, November 24 at 3pm

Gin cocktails offer an added twist from the standard G&T (Haarala Hamilton/PA)
Gin cocktails offer an added twist from the standard G&T (Haarala Hamilton/PA) Gin cocktails offer an added twist from the standard G&T (Haarala Hamilton/PA)

An alternative history of Belfast through booze. 6 drinks, 6 chapters, 6 stories to be told.

Swiftogeddon- The Taylor Swift Club Night, Empire Music Hall Belfast, November 24 at 9pm

Taylor Swift topped winners at Billboard Music Awards: ‘This is unreal’ (Natacha Pisarenko/AP/PA)
Taylor Swift topped winners at Billboard Music Awards: ‘This is unreal’ (Natacha Pisarenko/AP/PA) Taylor Swift topped winners at Billboard Music Awards: ‘This is unreal’ (Natacha Pisarenko/AP/PA)

A night dedicated to worshipping at the altar of Taylor Swift will never go out of style…have you left a Blank Space in your diary? As this night has been Taylor-made for Swifties.

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Belfast Giant 2023/24 Season, The SSE Arena Belfast, November 25 at 7pm

Quinn Preston scored a third-period double as the Belfast Giants defeated Dundee 6-2 on Saturday
Quinn Preston scored a third-period double as the Belfast Giants defeated Dundee 6-2 on Saturday Quinn Preston scored a third-period double as the Belfast Giants defeated Dundee 6-2 on Saturday

Whether you’re a diehard hockey fan or a total newbie, a Belfast Giants home gamer is not to be missed.

MOVIES/TV

Napoleon, cinema, available from November 22

Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon
Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon

A look at the military commander's origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

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Ridley Scott's Napoleon for Q&A screening at Belfast's Strand Arts Centre with Oscar-nominated producer, Mark Huffam


Wish, cinema, available from November 22

Ariana Debose attending the UK premiere of Wish at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London (Ian West/PA)
Ariana Debose attending the UK premiere of Wish at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London (Ian West/PA) Ariana Debose attending the UK premiere of Wish at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London (Ian West/PA)

Young Asha makes a wish so powerful that it's answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy called Star. With Star's help, Asha must save her kingdom from King Magnifico and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Squid Game: The Challenge, Netflix, available from November 22

Squid Game: The Challenge will premiere on November 22 on Netflix
Squid Game: The Challenge will premiere on November 22 on Netflix Squid Game: The Challenge will premiere on November 22 on Netflix

Immersed in the world of “Squid Game,” 456 real players put their skills and character to the ultimate test for a life-changing $4.56 million prize.

The Railway Men, Netflix, available from November 18

After a deadly gas leaks from a factory in Bhopal, brave railway workers risk their lives to save others in the face of an unspeakable disaster.