The 10 Best things on in Belfast this coming January.
Belfast is the place to be, regardless of what time of year. As the capital of Northern Ireland, it is brimming with things to do and places to see, live music, theatre and arts.
Often, some of the biggest acts grace the stage in Belfast city, and it draws, too, an eclectic mix of exhibitors and festivals to its region.
Here are our top 10 must-attend events happening in January 2019 in Belfast.
10. The Elves and the Shoemaker
If you had been telling the kids all Christmas you’d go but never got around to it, this one is for you! Taking place in the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) in Belfast City, this whimsical winter’s tale will have the kids (and adults) captivated from start to finish. The performances end on 6 January, so be sure to book in advance whilst tickets are still available.
When: until 6 January 2019 @ various times
Where: Metropolitan Arts Centre, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £10 – £25
9. Forever Jackson
Taking place at the end of January 2019 is what is to be one of the best tributes going – Forever Jackson, a tribute to the King of Pop. It has been named the “No.1 UK Michael Jackson Tribute Show” (UK National Tribute Awards, 2013) and is sure to sell-out.
It’s taking place in the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast and a special overnight package can offer guests a concert ticket, bed, breakfast and on-site parking from only £59.50 per person.
Vienna! is a stunning musical experience by the Ulster Orchestra taking place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast this January. Exploring the glittering, magical world of Strauss, guests will be taken on an enchanting journey with music from the Merry Widow and the Radetzky March!
When: 4 January 2019 @ 7.45pm
Where: Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: free (under 16s) – £30
7. The Elvis Spectacular
Get ready for what is bound to be one of the most fun-filled extravaganzas in Belfast this January. Elvis, or as he was generally known, The King, lives on through the majesty of C.C. Houlihan who embodies his slick style, melodic voice and heart-throb qualities. Taking place in Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, be there or be square.
When: 12 January 2019 @ 8.30pm
Where: Empire Music Hall, 42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £12
6. Alice: The Musical
Another one that you’ll be thankful you didn’t miss during the busy festive season is this Alice: The Musical. Taking place in the Lyric Theatre until 5 January 2019, this has been listed as a must-see of the season.
As Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice in Wonderland lives on, children and adults alike will be swept away in this ultimate story-telling experience.
When: until 5 January 2019 @ 1pm & 4pm
Where: Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £12.50 – £17.50
5. Brian Kennedy
Belfast local Brian Kennedy takes to the stage this January in his hometown, with what is looking to be a sell-out performance. After recovering well from his recent cancer operation, fans wait in great anticipation for his show at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
When: 11-12 January 2019 @ 9pm
Where: Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £30
4. Titanic Afternoon Tea
Embark on a timeless experience as your board the Titanic in Belfast on 1 January this year for the ultimate afternoon tea experience. With sittings throughout the day, guests will lap up 5-star luxury treatment in the replica setting of the Titanic Suite, featuring the stunning and oh so memorable staircase, live jazz and afternoon tea.
When: 1 January 2019 @ various times
Where: Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £12.50 – £37.50
3. The 1975
Critically-acclaimed English pop-rock band, The 1975, are set to take the stage in Belfast’s SSE Arena this January, and it’s bound to be one of the hottest events of the month. Since rising to fame in 2002, this band have played sell-out shows across the globe, and we don’t doubt this will be much different.
When: 9 January 2019 @ 6.30pm
Where: The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £30.50 – £80.50
2. Lisburn Light Festival
Only 8 miles southwest of Belfast city centre is Lisburn in Northern Ireland. This new Christmas incentive will run all through January, giving people an opportunity to see the lighting spectacular post-Christmas. Over one million lights will illuminate the city centre and we’re certain this will be a sight for sore eyes.
When: until 25 January 2019
Where: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
How Much: free
Safe to say this is the ultimate event in Belfast during the month of January. In celebration of 25 years, and in recognition of their last and final album, Thank You & Goodnight, the group will be gracing the stage at the SSE Arena. All we can say is, we’re there!
When: 23 January 2019 @ 6.30pm
Where: SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
How Much: £38.50 – £110.50