Christmas is just round the corner - and it shows in Belfast

10 signs Christmas is on its way in Northern Ireland

Wrapping paper at the ready - Christmas is just round the corner.

Here are 10 sure-fire signs you know Christmas is coming quicker than you think in Belfast.

The beautiful verdant grounds of Rowallane Garden are sprinkled with festive cheer during the lead up to Christmas. Visitors can unwind by following the enchanting Wooly walk, or get stuck into one of the National Trust run venue's wreath and floral art workshops.

5. Rowallane Garden comes alive with Christmas cheer

The beautiful verdant grounds of Rowallane Garden are sprinkled with festive cheer during the lead up to Christmas. Visitors can unwind by following the enchanting Wooly walk, or get stuck into one of the National Trust run venue's wreath and floral art workshops.
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Mrs Claus and her elves, reindeer and disciples in festive knitwear will be out in force in Belfast's nightspots once December arrives, bringing with it Christmas party season and the new tradition of the Christmas jumper night out.

6. The return of antlers, elves and Mrs Claus

Mrs Claus and her elves, reindeer and disciples in festive knitwear will be out in force in Belfast's nightspots once December arrives, bringing with it Christmas party season and the new tradition of the Christmas jumper night out.
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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the arrival of the pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk is due to open at the Belfast Grand Opera House on December 1 - and tickets for the most in-demand dates are already being snapped up at a rate of knots.

7. The panto opens at the Grand Opera House

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the arrival of the pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk is due to open at the Belfast Grand Opera House on December 1 - and tickets for the most in-demand dates are already being snapped up at a rate of knots.
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Whether you find it hideous or hilarious, patterned Christmas knitwear becomes the go to garment in the lead up to December 25. Workplaces, high streets and even football stadiums all serve as Christmas catwalks from December 1 onwards.

8. Knitwear takes over

Whether you find it hideous or hilarious, patterned Christmas knitwear becomes the go to garment in the lead up to December 25. Workplaces, high streets and even football stadiums all serve as Christmas catwalks from December 1 onwards.
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