Christmas lights twinkling. The arrival of Santa with a sack load of wrapped presents for excited children. The festive feeling all around. The last few years have meant celebrating the special season is quite different to anything that preceded 2020, but fortunately, Christmas 2022 is shaping up to be a good one.
eekend magazine delved into the Belfast Telegraph archives to see how people of Northern Ireland, and Belfast in particular, celebrated the holidays.
Taking a walk down a festive Memory Lane, it’s difficult not to feel a seasonal sense of nostalgia at images of Belfast City Hall festooned with lanterns. Even during our most difficult of times, people in Northern Ireland came together to celebrate the holidays.
In recent years, attendees to the Continental Market ensured the city centre was awash with hungry and thirsty visitors and, as our delve in to the archives demonstrates, the importance of Santa cannot be overplayed!
We even found a photograph of hardy swimmers who participated in the Santa splash in Portrush, in order to raise funds for a charity.
It’s not just in Belfast where lights literally lit up public spaces – there’s a selection of images from around Northern Ireland that really prepared locals for the holiday season.
We hope looking at Northern Ireland of yesteryear gets you in the festive spirit.
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