Christmas Light Switch On Event 2019

Christmas Light Switch On Event 2019

Join the Lord Mayor, Councillor John Finucane along with Cool FM’s Melissa Riddell and John Kearns and TV favourites PJ Masks as we kick off the festive season with the city’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On. An evening of musical fun awaits with special performances from Mr Hullabaloo, the Shelf-ish little Elves by Christina Nelson and the Fortwilliam Musical Society before the big switch-on.

The event is free to attend but a ticket is required to access the event site. Tickets will available online from Monday 4 November at 9am from the Visit Belfast website and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets are limited to six people per booking and are ‘print at home’ tickets. Please remember to click through for your full tickets for scanning on entry as the email confirmation will not be enough.


Access to the event site is via three main colour coded entrances:

  • red ticket access via Donegall Square West-Wellington Place only
  • green ticket access via Donegall Place only
  • blue ticket access via Donegall Square East-Chichester Street only
  • Accessible viewing platform 1 ticket access via Donegall Square West-Wellington Place
  • Accessible viewing platform 2 ticket access via Donegall Square East-Chichester Street
  • Accessible Viewing Platforms - Two accessible viewing areas are available on the Donegall Square West and Donegall Square East sides of the site. Patrons should ask for the appropriate tickets for this viewing area and we would suggest that other family or friends choose red (platform 1) or blue (platform 2) tickets online to be close to them.

Tickets for accessible viewing areas can only be booked via telephone on Monday 4 November.

Road restrictions

Due to the switch-on event, traffic diversions will be in operation in and around City Hall from 2pm-11pm on Saturday 16 November. There is an exception to Translink which will operate some services until 5pm on event day.

There will be a complete closure to all vehicular traffic at 5pm. Affected roads are:

Wellington Place
Donegall Square North
Donegall Square West
Chichester Street
Donegall Place
Upper Arthur Street

There is no parking allocated for this event; please use city centre car parks, on street parking and public transport. Limited parking restrictions will be in place in Donegall Place and Upper Arthur Street from 11pm on Friday 15 November until 11pm on Saturday 16 November.

The taxi rank on Donegall Square North will relocate to Donegall Square East (beside Ulster Bank) from 2pm on Saturday 16 November and therefore no buses will operate from Donegall Square East from this time. Donegall Square West will close to private coaches from 2pm and Donegall Place will close from 2pm to all vehicles except Translink services.

Please visit for updates on all services.

For detailed information on road closures and suspension of car parking bays please read the attached documents - Road closures and Map of event area


Christmas market 2019

The award-winning Belfast Christmas Market will also be making a return to the city. The Market will open its doors at 12 noon on Saturday 16 November and will stay until 6pm on Sunday 22 December, with a unique offering of local and continental tasty food, sweet treats, wonderful gifts and crafts.