Ah, the twinkling Christmas lights are starting to emerge in Glasgow, and we’re beyond ecstatic. As people are starting to dust off their trees, Glasgow is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And yes, it’s the time when solely talking in song lyrics is acceptable. And for those who love to observe the charming lights all around on top of having Michael Bublé on repeat, we’ve gathered up a list of all the must-see places.
1. George Square
George Square has seen Christmas Fairs transforming Glasgow city centre into a true festive wonderland and replacing the cancelled Christmas market. The traditional Christmas lights are a must-see every year, as Glasgow City Chambers lights up once again. On top of the Christmas Lights, there is an ice rink, observation wheel, ice climbing wall and more this December.
2. Royal Exchange Square and The Ivy
This is another fairly obvious route, but it wouldn’t be a Christmas without wandering around Royal Exchange Square with its canopy of twinkling lights. Plus, close by you’ll find the beautifully decorated archway of The Ivy, where you can pop in for a festive drink or ten. The inside of The Ivy is just as Christmassy, and the Festive Drinks menu is as magical as ever. Try the Popping Cracker Royale with Monkey 47 Gin, passion fruit, spiced mango, lime and cranberry juice topped with prosecco, finished with fairy floss and popping candy.
3. The Corinthian Glasgow
As one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, The Corinthian boasts five floors of bars, brasserie and events spaces for weegies to enjoy, as well as plenty of Christmas decorations to go around. And while you’re there, check out their Festive Afternoon Tea options, or the Festive Boozy Brunch on Sundays. There are also other festive dining and activities options that can be found here.
4. Princes Square
Now that it’s all glitzed up for Christmas with its massive Christmas tree, Princes Square is the epitome of a festive destination. There’s lots of shops to find the perfect gifts, the decorations are on point and, not to mention, the historic building itself is a gorgeous wee thing to look at after the 7.5 million pound refurb. For a truly festive wee afternoon out, after you’re done shopping head down to Big Feed Kitchen near the big Christmas tree for some street food with a Michelin star twist or a perfectly crafted cocktail.
5. St Enoch
St Enoch Square Christmas Fair opened its Christmas fair on November 18 this year, offering thrill-seekers an attraction capable of reaching speeds of up to 70mph, called The Blizzard, and an ice climbing wall where guests will be invited for a wee local adventure. As usual, the iconic windmill can be spotted right when you exit the subway, with a fairytale-like backdrop of Frasers twinkling lights on Buchanan street. Moreover, on top of the twinkling lights and festive vibes, the street food stalls are serving some well-anticipated festive faves, such as a marshmallow toasting station and a Bavarian moose bar and swing grill.
6. Transylvania Shop & Coffee
We are absolutely obsessed with all that Transylvania Shop & Coffee on Victoria Road is about around Christmastime. You can find a stunningly decorated ambience, hot drinks, cakes and Romanian goods to shop. You can even snag yersel a real Christmas tree! Once you’re there, grab an uber delicious Romanian honey cake with a festive hot chocolate and admire all the vibes and more.
An extravagant light trail, the Festive Forest, with light shows and lasers has been enchanting Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow just an hour’s drive away from Glasgow. The festive experience will run from 4pm between December 2 and December 23, inviting visitors to be transported to a other-worldly land deep into the woods. The 1.8-mile walk offers Christmassy laser shows and exhilarating lighting effects as well as sound effects for an unforgettable immersive experience. Plus, a myriad of festive food and drink options will also be available in the Santa Village, including all the usual favourites such as hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, mulled wine and hot cider, as well as Scottish street food from local vendors.