Just like last year, 2021 has had its fair share of ups and downs, and we can’t believe the end is fast approaching. But it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Glasgow, and we are so ready to embrace the most wonderful time of year. So hit play on the festive playlist filled with Mariah and Bublé and have a jolly festive time with our guide to the best things to do in Glasgow this December.
Nothing says Christmas like ‘The Nutcracker’, and this winter Fever is bringing a special candlelight concert performing some of the best music from the classic show. This festive season, get cosy and get yourself in the holiday spirit by enjoying seasonal music expertly performed under twinkling candlelight. Admire a stellar performance of memorable carols and orchestral works from several composers, and feel it usher in all the good feelings that arrive with the most special holiday of the year. Find your tickets here.
2. Tuck into fries loaded with pigs in blankets and macaroni cheese
Christmas is edging closer which means we’re entering the season of pigs in blankets- as much as we like the turkey, you can’t deny that pigs in blankets are the stars of the Christmas dinner show. And to get us in the mood for the festive season, Lunch Glasgow has taken our favourite trimming of the Christmas roast to top its tasty fries with. Yes, that’s right, loaded pigs in blankets fries.
3. Get your skates on and head to Elfingrove
Organisers of much-loved winter festival, Elfingrove, is making a return for 2021 and it’s expected to be a big one. Itison will be bringing the country’s largest outdoor ice rink to Glasgow for the festive season where visitors can skate around the stunning setting of Elfingrove taking place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. At Elfingrove you can enjoy a starry night whilst gliding across across the ice situated on a purpose designed track around the front of the museum.
4. Cosy up in an igloo or ski gondola at this winter wonderland village
Bringing us a little bit of festive sparkle after what can only be described as a pretty rubbish year-and-a-bit is one of the Glasgow’s biggest beer gardens. Right by the River Clyde, Cranside Kitchen will be launching a wonderful new winter village this December for Glaswegians to enjoy featuring a ski gondola, winter snugs, cosy igloos and festive cocktails. Cranside Winter Village is here to save Glasgow Christmas with a cosy, warm, undercover festive experience including a bar serving mulled wine ciders, winter cocktails and boozy hot chocolates.
It’s the end of an era for celebrated French electronic duo, Daft Punk, and while the news may have proven saddening for many a music fan – we have just the thing to soften the blow. Providing the ultimate tribute in the wake of their split, Fever’s best-selling Candlelight series is back in town – and this December, their world-class musicians will be performing stunning renditions of some of Daft Punk’s biggest hits. Book tickets here.
6. Get into the festive spirit at St Enoch’s Christmas Market
Christmas certainly isn’t Christmas without the festive markets popping up in the city during the winter months and St Enoch’s Christmas market is back. The much-loved event at St Enoch Square is bringing us one step closer to the big day with over 50 seasonal chalets serving up the likes of bratwurst sausage, crepes, Dutch pancakes and Belgian chocolates, as well as the popular Ranch Bar. Visitors can also treat themselves to a warming Hug in a Mug of Gluhwein or a decadent hot chocolate with lashings of cream and topped with marshmallows.
7. Experience thrilling rides and stalls at this year’s Irn Bru Carnival
One of Scotland’s highly anticipated, favourite festive event is returning to Glasgow this winter and with it being cancelled last year due to the pandemic it’s expected to be a good ‘un. The popular Irn-Bru Carnival is coming back to the SEC Centre from December 22 to January 16, but be quick to grab tickets. Packed with thrill rides like the 40m high Starflyer and Midnight Express Matterhorn, plus family rides, children’s rides, games, stalls and an inflatable play area for children, it will no doubt be an unmissable event in the festive calendar for all.
8. Indulge in marshmallows, fondue and s’mores at this Glasgow bar’s cosy Christmas chalet
The temperature is dropping and winter is coming so it’s time to cosy up with fantastic food, delicious drinks and good company. Escape to a magical alpine chalet in Glasgow this festive season, perfect for Christmas celebrations and winter get-togethers with friends and family. Brel is combining their famous après-ski fondue and winter warming food specials with their fully-covered and heated outdoor seating for the ultimate snug setting.
Fairy lights aren’t the only thing lighting up the city this season. Ready to drift away from all your worries? Well, hang tight as Fever have the solution with their ferry impressive jazz candlelight concerts at the splendid ship, the Glenlee, which will ignite your Christmas spirit, if it’s not already there. Choose from truly magical jazz performances, film scores from some of the best composers or prepare to be taken into the clouds with Vivaldi’s most treasured masterpieces.
10. Discover small independent businesses at these Glasgow markets
If lockdown has taught us anything is that we need to support small local businesses more and this December we can continue to do so with a selection of markets and fairs in the city showcasing a range of products. Southside Fringe are hosting a wonderful Makers Fair at Arts Space G41 on several weekends in the run up to Christmas where you’ll find fabulous gifts like prints, jewellery, original artwork and comics, handmade soaps and candles. Go east of the city and head to the home of markets, the Barras, where you’ll find art, accessories, fashion, ceramics, food and drink, sustainable products, plants, flowers, and homeware at the Super Market at BAaD. Or head to The Deep End at Govanhill Baths on either December 4, 11 and 18 where you’ll find This is Not a Christmas Market, a socially-distanced market with a twist, featuring local makers, unique arts and crafts, ceramics, one-off Christmas gifts, homeware, upcycled treasures, clothes, jewellery and more.