After the worrisome announcement about Glasgow Christmas markets being cancelled, many were waiting for any news about at least some festive events around the city. Fortunately, Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On tradition in George Square will continue for the first time since 2019. And this year, the festivities will commence on Sunday, November 20.
The family-friendly event will mark the start of the countdown to Christmas, and the official festive period. Glaswegians wishing to attend the event could apply for the event until October 16, so no new tickets are available. However, the 10,600 lucky people who got the tickets are urged to arrive early to avoid any delays.
Event times and line-up
It looks like it’s going to be a night to remember, with singers, actors and comedians taking to the stage. Doors will be open from 4:30pm until 6:30pm, allowing event goers some time to enter with time to spare until the first act kicks off at 5pm.
The event hosts George Bowie and Cassi Gillespie from Clyde 1 will be presenting throughout, with a Little Mix tribute act starting the festivities, followed by Berrie Big Band and Soul Nation Choir, as well as a crowd sing-along and a comedy segment in between. And for the headliner, Scottish singer Callum Beattie will be there to sing the night away, as well as Santa himself with a special stop-off just before Christmas.
The big moment of the Glasgow Christmas lights switch on is at 7pm with a traditional fireworks display to officially initiate the festive season. Of course, visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, and since over 10,000 people with be present within George Square alone, expect road closures and limited parking.
So, let the Christmas countdown begin!