My favourite part of this wonderful season is family traditions, the things I was brought up with that made Christmas magical for me. I can remember from the youngest age, a house full of tinsel and fairy lights, to me it was like my own little Santa’s Grotto, a place that was filled with magic and imagination. My mum would take me on our yearly trip into the ‘big city’ to go shopping, see the lights at George Square and visit Santa at Lewis’s – remember Lewis’s? It’s now more recognisable as Debenhams on Argyle Street!
As the festive season slowly creeps into the city I still think to myself, how amazing is Glasgow at Christmas! Those memories still live with me now and every year I still like to create my own little traditions, here a few highlights of what makes Christmas special to me……………
1. It’s a Wonderful Life at the GFT
‘Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings’……….One of my favourite Christmas movies of all time is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and every year I head to the glorious GFT to enjoy it on the big screen. There really is no better way to celebrate the festive season than chilling out and watching a festive film.
2. Visit the Christmas Markets
There is nothing more romantic and magical than visiting the Christmas Markets, for an hour or two you can completely lose yourself in the European charm of this little alpine village. I just love the atmosphere, the amazing smells coming from the many food stalls and of course I like to indulge in a mulled wine or two!
3. The Christmas tree at George Square
George Square is probably the most festive and popular area in the city and visiting has long been a tradition not just for myself but for most people I know. Although there are many things to do on the square, my favourite has to be the Christmas Tree and as McCauley Culkin says in Home Alone - ‘You can’t have Christmas without a Christmas Tree’.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love to shop….a lot……!! During the festive period I really like to make a day of it including taking a pit stop for lunch and some cocktails usually in Princes Square. This is one of my favourite places to visit at Christmas, everything about it is just so magical – the surroundings are even more beautiful at this time of year from the fairy lights and decorations to their massive floating Christmas tree which is probably just as famous as the one at George Square!
5. Dig out my Christmas jumper
What says Christmas more than a fantastically over the top Christmas jumper??!!