Christmas in Belfast part 7

This is the final part in my series on Christmas In Belfast and what a lovely way to finish it!! For this my eldest daughter and I visited Belfast Cathedral

to take part in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

We arrived there in plenty of time and got to sit at the very front and on the Lord Mayors seat!! It was very comfy…… The Cathedral quickly filled up and the service promptly commenced at 15.30.

There were nine lessons,relating to the Christ story, which were delivered by different people. Interspersed by excellent singing of songs and well known carols, by the choir and congregation and accompanied by the majestic organ. It was a truly awe inspiring rendition of The Christmas Story and one which I thoroughly recommend….. there is a Christmas Eve programme at 20.00 and it lasts 1 hour 15.

We then took a walk through the City Centre to savour the atmosphere of the last Sunday before Christmas. The place was bustling and lots of gifts were being bought. It was also the last day of the Christmas Market.

We also managed to see a real life Live Crib which had stables complete with animals and real life characters from the Nativity at St Mary’s Church.

Lastly we had a stroll through CastleCourt and soaked up the Christmas spirit….. we also saw the new Shakeaway store. We will definitely have to try it out!!

It’s been a real pleasure sharing my take on Belfast at Christmas. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas, Seasons Greetings and A Peaceful and Prosperous 2020!!