Categories: Itinerary

With less than two weeks to go, we are well and truly feeling the Christmas spirit here in the Walled City. If you haven't experienced a Derry Christmas just yet, we have curated a guide so you can make the most of a festive day out in Derry~Londonderry. From magical Christmas attractions to late-night shopping, cosy coffee shops to Christmassy cocktails in our many pubs & restaurants, there's something for everyone.

Getting Here

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Whether you are coming to Derry for the day or planning a longer city break, getting here couldn't be easier. Did you know that we’re just a three hour drive from Dublin and a 90 minute drive from Belfast. You can also reach us via our airport, City of Derry Airport, which has direct access from many of the UK's major cities. Or, fly to Belfast International Airport or Belfast City Airport and hop on the Aircoach which will take you directly into the city centre.

This year, Translink are operating late-night bus and rail services, making getting to Derry all that bit easier. 

Find out more about transport and travel to Derry~Lononderry here.

Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch

In Derry, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to our food scene, especially at this time of year. If you are looking for both comfort and a delicious start to your day, why not visit The Scullery. Enjoy the atmosphere of a vibrant coffee shop in Derry City centre catering for needs of tourists and locals alike, specialising in breakfast and lunch. However, in true festive spirit, we recommend a Bottomless Brunch in the hotel known for its love of Prosecco. Kickstart your Christmas day out at Shipquay Hotel with their brunch and bubbles; they also offer a choice of tasty, non-alcoholic cocktails.


A shopping trip in Derry~Londonderry will most definitely not disappoint. From luxury boutique stores, to high street chains and our stunning craft shops, you’ll find everything you need and more.

The Craft Village - the hidden jewel in the crown of the city - is a must-visit. A reconstruction of an 18th Century Street and 19th Century Square, the Craft Village provides an eclectic mix of artisan craft shops, balconied apartments, licensed restaurant and coffee shops.

Our shopping centres, Foyleside & Richmond, also house your favourite high-street brands including the newest arrival, Rituals.

Cosy Up

After an afternoon of shopping, it's important to stop, rest and refuel in one of our coffee shops. Whether you're a coffee lover, tea drinker or a fan of a festive hot chocolate, the Sandwich Co is the perfect spot.

Magical Attractions

This year, Derry~Londonderry is host to a number of Christmas attractions including St. Columb's Magic Kingdom, The Wild Arctic Experience at Wild Ireland and Lock n Load's Secret Santa Experience. So, if you and the family or friends are wanting to embrace festive funfairs, dazzling light trails and meet Santa himself, be sure to visit these attractions on your festive day out.

Dinner & Drinks

Brunch was a while ago so, now it's time to experience the vibrant nightlife Derry has to offer. The reality is, it's hard to suggest just one place for dinner. However, one of the newest venues to our food scene is Umi, an Asian fusion resaurant serving sushi, dumplings, tapas style small plates as well as big plates if you're feeling hungry. They also have a fully licensed bar with a selection of beers, cocktails and a wine list carefully chosen to pair with their dishes.

It's Christmas! So, why not coninue the night in one of our local pubs. It can't be denied, Peadar O'Donnells is one of Derry's favourite watering holes. However, you need to be quick if you wish to cosy up and enjoy this traditional setting for the night. If you don't manage to squeeze in, not to worry - we have plenty more places you will be sure to enjoy. 

Located in Guildhall Square, the Guildhall Taphouse steeped in history, yet offers a fresh, alternative take on the traditional bar. They serve food daily until 6pm but, expect live music, craft beers and cocktails all night long. There's plenty of phot opportunties in the square with Ireland's tallest Christmas tree! Be sure to tag us in your snaps @visitderry #visitderry

Another firm favourite is Blackbird. Situated next to the city's bus depot, Blackbird is an ideal venue to enjoy a coffee and a nibble, or a cocktail in the heart of the city.

Getting Home

From international hotel brands, boutique designer hotels right through to the best B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering accommodation in the country – we’ve got them in abundance. So, extend your stay and check out our offers here.

Not staying? Nightmovers is a late-night bus and rail service by Translink, allowing people to enjoy more of what the city has to offer this season. Check out their services here.

There's so much to experience and enjoy in the Walled City this Christmas. Find out more here.

group of 3 females enjoying a drink inside the Blackbird

Blackbird is a newly established free house offering a generous range of brews from Derry, Northern Ireland and beyond. Our carefully selected beer list will satisfy the most ardent hophead.

Walled City Brewery
Walled City Brewery

The Walled City Brewery craft uniquely local, premium quality, fabulously flavoursome food and beer in their multi-award winning brewhouse, restaurant and new taproom. If you truly want a flavour of the North-West, it is a must-visit!

Number 19 Craft and Design
Local Produce & Products
Number 19 Craft and Design at Christmas

Visit this friendly shop in the Craft Village, browse a range of gifts, accessories for your home or yourself, pick up a memento of your visit, and meet our artist/makers who are all passionate about their craft.

Kular Fashion
Department Store
Kular Fashion

Kular Fashion is a locally owned premium clothing store located in the heart of the city on Ferryquay Street. Stocking premium brands such as Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren, right through to Fred Perry and Carhartt WIP, we are the fashion destination in Derry.

Foyleside Shopping Centre
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Foyleside Shopping Centre

Largest shopping centre in the North West of Ireland: 50 shops including M&S, Dunnes, H&M, Next, Monsoon, Office, River Island and 1500 parking spaces and coach parking.

Da Vinci's Hotel, Derry
Da Vinci's Hotel, Derry

Da Vinci’s Hotel Derry is located on the Culmore Road, an urban setting on the banks of the River Foyle. Independently owned with 64 rooms, award winning bar, Caterina's Bistro and heated outdoor terrace, and of course the famous Derry hospitality

The City Hotel Derry
The City Hotel Derry

The City Hotel Derry is perfectly positioned for sightseeing breaks in Derry City. A stay at our Derry hotel guarantees easy access to some of the most remarkable golf courses in Ireland. Explore Derry, Donegal and the Causeway Coast.

Bishop's Gate Hotel
Bishop's Gate Hotel

The exquisite Grade B1 listed Bishop’s Gate Hotel is perfectly positioned within the historic city walls in the heart of Derry City’s Cathedral Quarter.

Soda and Starch
Soda and Starch

Nestled inside Derry’s Walls in the heart of the Craft Village, this charming pantry and grill is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. An experience underpinned by a passion for using high quality ingredients.

The Guildhall
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
The Guildhall

Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887. The building now boasts a multifaceted tourism experience providing a central hub for visitors exploring the city