December is only two months away, and weegies are upset that the Glasgow Christmas Markets organised by the council have been cancelled. However, it’s not all doom and gloom – a joyfully sustainable festive market is coming to the Southside, and we cannot wait. Rags To Riches Christmas market will be held every Saturday during December in the run-up to Christmas.
There will be three markets overall, held on December 3, 10 and 17 at The Deep End on the Southside of Glasgow from midday until 5pm. During the sustainability-led celebrations, over 100 small businesses, local artists and crafters will be displaying their work. You can expect anything and everything from Christmas decorations to hand-crafted jewellery, hot water bottles or handmade soaps. Visitors will have the chance to support local businesses, as well as have some well-earned festive fun.
However, shopping locally is not the only allure of the Rags To Riches Christmas market. Market-goers will also be able to indulge in mulled wine and food from local vendors, as well as listen to live music and attend a festive workshop! Guests can make Christmas wreaths, decorations and even their very own plant pot made out of jesmonite.
At the jesmonite casting workshop on December 8, visitors will be taught how to cast and set jesmonite homewares using recycled plastics. Jesmonite is a more sustainable alternative to concrete and will be used to create some colourful designs for the home. All materials and tools will be provided, and you can book tickets for the workshop here.
Rags To Riches Christmas markets are organised by Govanhill Baths Community Trust and is focused on using waste to promote environmental sustainability, community engagement and education within Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Govanhill Baths started back in 2004 through the ‘Save Our Pool’ campaign and is supported solely by the active members of the community.
Govanhill Baths is also the organiser of This Is Not A Craft Market, where shoppers can head down to The Deep End every third Saturday of the month to support local artists and makers.
So, head down to The Deep End this December for some true Christmassy fun, where the local people of Glasgow will come together to support each other and just enjoy some (sustainable) escapism.