2021 is finally over and it’s time to ring in a new and hopefully more exciting year. And whilst that’s a cause for celebration in itself, the uncertainty continues and the possibility of more restrictions is never far from the headlines. It might be a strange old time but it’s an improvement on January 2021 as we can unearth plenty of fun things to do in Glasgow that make a change from watching Netflix reruns and heading out for another slow turn around the local park. And rest assured, you’ll definitely end January knowing that it was the best month of 2022 – so far!
The most awe-inspiring music from one of the greatest film composers Hans Zimmer of all time brought to you in an intimate candlelight setting. No doubt these tracks will sound familiar, as they give life to iconic films such as The Lion King, Sherlock Holmes, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Enjoy this special concert where the most loved film scores are brought to you surrounded by the beauty of Òran Mór bathed in candlelight. Find your tickets here.
OK, so it’s another year you’re probably trying to forget as soon as possible, but there’s still the chance for eternal quiz glory up for grabs, so take it seriously! This game is inspired by The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and takes players through 10 rounds of gameplay with lots of interactive video, audio, special guests, graphics, news presents, and live triggers. Are you up for the challenge? Your tickets are available here.
3. Reminisce the good old days at Hogwarts by watching the Harry Potter reunion
HBO Max announced just last month that a Return To Hogwarts television special is finally coming to our screens. We don’t want to spoil too much, but the trailer shows the cast reminiscing about old times, and we really can’t deal with the nostalgia! Return To Hogwarts will be released globally on New Years Day, January 1, 2022, on HBO Max. Plus, it will feature director Chris Columbus along with the movie’s stars, who haven’t been seen together since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was filmed back in 2009. The special will focus on the Harry Potter legacy. Meanwhile, cast members will take fans on an exciting, emotional and personal journey through the making of the Harry Potter movies.
4. Have a feast at a street food market
Feeling peckish? Pick up some locally made bakes, devour some delicious street food or simply browse the lovely little stalls that make up Glasgow’s mouth-wateringly good food scene. Try street food at either Big Feed, Platform or Dockyard Social where you and your mates are bound to find something you like. You’ll also find epic ice cream sandwiches and desserts at Platform too, so save some space!
5. Visit Scotland’s first restaurant serving carbon neutral steaks
Gaucho restaurants has announced that it will be opening the country’s first restaurant that will serve exclusively ‘carbon neutral steaks’ in Glasgow this January. Scotland’s most sustainable steak restaurant will offer 12o covers and located just a stone’s throw from central station. The venue will serve Gaucho’s Argentine beef, which is said to be sourced from “cattle which have enjoyed a life roaming in vast pastures at specially selected pampas farms”.
Kicking off the new year is a wonderful event whether you’re in search of a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this provides both. The splendid Òran Mór is playing host to a truly mesmerising candlelight concert, with the greatest classical musical compositions by Vivaldi streaming merrily throughout the venue. You don’t need to know all things Vivaldi to enjoy the evening, simply sit back and savour the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear. Get your tickets here.
7. Escape the city and enjoy a winter staycation in the UK
Who knew that two years into the global pandemic, the idea of going on an international holiday would still be a whole daydream away? And while that’s a pretty gloomy thought on the surface, the UK isn’t exactly a total prison. Boasting varying landscapes and quaint little villages, our country is actually a mecca for culture, with tons of stunning sights and historical landmarks to uncover across the island. Check out our pick of the best winter staycations in the UK here.
8. Celebrate Scotland’s bard with these Burns Night celebrations
Here in Glasgow we can celebrate one of Scotland’s best poets, Robert Burns, from either our homes or out and about in the city. Whether you fancy a break from making a Burns Supper this year, want a wee dram to commemorate the bard or both, then there are plenty of activities happening online and in Glasgow this year to celebrate. Head to Òran Mór to enjoy a traditional Scottish celebration complete with piper, haggis and champit tatties or stay inside for the Burns Big Night In, which promises music, song, poetry, whisky and some great Scottish banter streaming live from Burns Cottage in Ayrshire.
9. Go vegan for the month
Veganuary rolls around once more, and it seemingly gathers speed every January. We say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so why not check out all the vegan delights that Glasgow has to offer to inspire your next dining out experience. From vegan junk food by Biffs and Stereo to Asian cuisine by Suissi Vegan Asian Kitchen and The Hug and Pint, there’s definitely something for plant-based eaters to enjoy in Glasgow, Veganuary or not.
10. Take cover in one of the city’s cosy outdoor terraces
One of the best things to do during January is most definitely snuggling up with a drink in a warm and cosy pub alongside great company, otherwise you’re not doing winter right. Luckily, Glasgow has a few cosy and covered terraces in order to create a dreamy outdoor nest for you to do just that. Plus, they might just be pretty enough to make you question whether to sit inside or outside on a cold night. Most would think it’s a no-brainer to head indoors, however these terraces are decked out to make your visit rather toasty with the options of furs, blankets, hot water bottles, heaters and all the boozy (as well as non-boozy) drinks you could want.
11. Sip on a wee dram at The National Whisky Festival
Returning to SWG3 this January with it’s sell-out event is The National Whisky Festival, enjoy a diverse selection of whiskies and guest spirits. Across two extensive three-and-a-half hour sessions each event will showcase dozens of exhibitors from many of the most exciting and innovative names in the industry. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, you can expect a full programme of live entertainment, tasting masterclasses as well as pop-up food and drink vendors and craft stalls.
12. Explore the gorgeous green spaces of Glasgow and beyond
If you’re in need of a break from your living room, there are a number of lovely walks less than an hour away from Glasgow which are worth getting your walking boots on for. From nearby Pollok Country Park in Glasgow’s southside to deep gorges, rushing burns and a ruined castle at Dollar Glen, east of Stirling, nature never looked so good. Check out these stunning walks less than an hour from Glasgow here.