Christmas is fast approaching, and we’re left wondering where did the time go. However, while it’s one of the busiest times of the year, it’s important to still make time for ourselves and to still have some well-deserved fun. From traditional holiday movie scores performed in candlelight, to seriously festive food and drink, here’s our guide to some of the most festive things to do in Glasgow this Christmas.
Glasgow is welcoming the beginning of the festive season as the Christmas Lights Switch On is on Sunday, November 19. This marks the official start of the festive season for this year, and every other Christmas-related activity out there. So, why not go ice skating around Glasgow, and check out our list of the best ice rinks in Glasgow for this holiday season.
This winter, Fever is bringing a special concert performing some of the most iconic music from our beloved movies, surrounded by candlelight on The Tallship of Glenlee on the banks of River Clyde. Just get cosy and get yourself into the festive spirit by enjoying heart-warming 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 joyful feelings that arrive with the most special holiday of the year. Find your tickets here.
A cheerfully sustainable Christmas market is coming to the Southside, and we cannot wait. Rags To Riches festive market will be held on two Saturdays during December, inviting guests to shop local. During the sustainability-led markets, over 100 small businesses, local artists and crafters will be showcasing and selling their work. You can expect pretty much anything and everything, from Christmas decorations to hand-crafted jewellery, hot water bottles or handmade skincare. You should not only be able to support local businesses, but also have some quality time with your family and friends! Market-goers will also be able to enjoy mulled wine and food from local vendors, as well as listen to live music and attend festive workshops.
While we like to encourage shopping independently during ‘normal’ times, the apparent effects of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis on small businesses means supporting them has become more important than ever before. Stop by the George Mews shop to pick up a few cheesy treats, or pick out an eclectic mix of brews at Drygate Brewing Co. You could also stop by Blooms to choose the perfect plant baby for yourself or a loved one, as well as opt for a quirkier homeware present at the Braw Wee Emporium. There are plenty of local independent businesses to shop small in Glasgow, and Christmas shopping is a great way to do so.
St Enoch Square Christmas Fair is on from November 10 this year with Santa’s runaway train, festive bar on top of the stalls and rides. As usual, the iconic windmill can be spotted right away, with a magical backdrop of Frasers twinkling lights on Buchanan street. Moreover, on top of festive wonder and Christmassy vibes, the street food stalls are serving some well-anticipated festive faveourites, such as a marshmallow toasting station and a swing grill.
6. Indulge in a Festive Afternoon Tea or a Boozy Brunch at this iconic building
As one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, The Corinthian boasts five floors of bars, brasserie and events spaces for Glaswegians to rejoice in, as well as plenty of Christmassy vibes 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 dining options as well as things to do this Christmas that can be found here.
George Square is seeing Winterfest transforming Glasgow city centre into a winter wonderland from November 25. The traditional Christmassy experience is a must-visit every year, as George Square becomes the main place to be. The Christmas fair is offering visitors a glide on the central ice rink, and is home to an observation wheel with Venetian chairs boasting urban sights of central Glasgow. The Christmas market will also feature a community hub, a Victorian carousel, a street food hub and a festive-themed bar.
Scotland’s Theme Park is hosting a myriad of festive events starting this November at Destination Christmas. With Glasgow looking pretty festive, M&D’s has introduced Destination Christmas, a series of affordable festive events including ice skating, circus acts, Santa’s Grotto and more.
9. Make your own mulled wine
A great alternative to the Christmas Markets if you would prefer to have a night in, mulled wine is an incredibly tasty festive treat – and it’s super easy to make, too. All you need is a pan and a hob, and the ingredients which can be picked up from any local supermarket. Most recipes just require you to warm up red wine, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and a touch of sugar or honey to taste – and it’s as easy as popping it all in a saucepan together and simmering on low (with a pan cover) for just 15 minutes.
The sell-out festive family film tradition, itison Drive-in Movies, is back this Christmas from December 15 – 24 as it enters its tenth year at Loch Lomond Shores. Scotland’s biggest drive-in event is set to once again become a source of Christmas joy, showing all the classics from ELF to It’s a Wonderful Life, and from Die Hard to Home Alone.