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21 things to do in Glasgow this winter

21 things to do in Glasgow this winter

With events, shopping and fantastic places to eat and drink, here is our guide to the top 21 things to do in Glasgow this winter.

1. Take a tour of Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens after dark as they host the ever-popular GlasGLOW. From October 26 until November 13, be wowed by the lit-up park with dinosaurs, volcanoes and more. Book tickets at itison.com.

2. Dress up, get into character and find out whodunnit at House for an Art Lover’s annual murder mystery dinner evening. Taking place on November 3, visit House for an Art Lover’s website for more information.

Group of people dressed as nuns standing in a v shape. All with habits except the person at the front who has their finger to their lips.

Credit: Ambassador Theatre Group

3. Warm your soul and raise your spirits with songs inspired by Motown and disco at smash hit musical Sister Act. Running from November 14 – 19, book tickets at atgtickets.com.

4. Dance your way around the city on a festive silent disco walking tour with Silent Adventures. Book your space at silentadventures.co.uk.

5. Browse unique gifts at some of the city’s best weekend markets and fairs. Visit our weekend markets page for what's on when.

6. Book to see a show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with the likes of Home Alone In Concert or a magical screening of the festive classic, The Snowman, accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Check out what’s on at glasgowconcerthalls.com.

7. Dance the night away on board the 126 year old Tall Ship with Deoch 'N' Dorus ceilidh band. Find out more about ceilidh nights at the Tall Ship.

8. Get rosy cheeks with a stroll on a crisp, winters day. Take a look at our guide to the top 5 winter walks in Glasgow.

9. Get crafty, buy artisan gifts and enjoy food demonstrations at the Country Living Christmas Fair, taking place from November 17 – 20. Book tickets on the Country Living Fair’s website.

10. See a classic festive film at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Check out what’s on at glasgowfilm.org.

11. Feel the power of the voice at the University Choral Society’s winter performance on November 19. Enjoy music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi. Visit gla.ac.uk to book.

Two people dressed in traditional pantomime costume against a sparkly purple and blue background.

Credit: The King's Theatre

12. Shout ‘they’re behind you’ at a pantomime. This year it’s Beauty and the Beast at the King’s Theatre and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Tron Theatre. Visit atgtickets.com and tron.co.uk to book tickets.

13. Indulge in an afternoon tea this Christmas with many places offering special festive options. Check out our afternoon tea page for a round-up of the best places to visit for 3-tiered treats.

Credit: Itison

14. Head to the Ice Experience at Elfingrove and take a twirl on Scotland’s biggest ice rink on the grounds of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Open from November 24 until December 24, book tickets at itison.com.

15. Enjoy a lunchtime play with a pie and a pint at the beautiful Òran Mór. Find out what’s on at playpiepint.com.

16. Watch Scottish Ballet dancers tell the tale of The Snow Queen in a glittering production at Theatre Royal. Complete with live orchestra, the show takes place from December 14 – January 8. Book tickets at atgtickets.com.

17. From December 23 to January 15, take family and friends to the IRN-BRU Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair. Head to irn-bru-carnival.co.uk to buy tickets.

18. Support local artists, creators and makers this Christmas by buying gifts from one of Glasgow’s many independent stores. Check out our guide to independent shopping in Glasgow for inspiration.

19. Head to one of the city’s many cosy pubs for a warming tipple. Read about some of our favourites in our cosy pubs' guide.

20. Join in with Europe’s biggest celebration of roots and folk music at Celtic Connections from January 19 until February 5. Acts include Kate Rusby, Rozi Plain, Bonny Light Horseman and Kris Drever. Visit celticconnections.com to explore the full line up.

2 people drinking cocktails in a bar while watching musicians play. The view is from behind the musicians and there are lots of green plants around the bar.

21. Fancy celebrating with a cocktail or mocktail? Whether you want a stylish or speakeasy vibe, Glasgow has somewhere for everyone. Check out our top picks of cocktail bars.

Article last updated: September 2022

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