Glasgow is the perfect place to visit this Christmas, with stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking and a jam-packed events programme against a city centre backdrop of glittering festive lights. So take a look at our guide to having the jolliest holiday in Glasgow this festive season, and join in the fun!
Shop for Christmas gifts and decorations on Glasgow’s fabulously festive Style Mile. With over 1,500 shops, Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise with something for every taste and budget. There is a fantastic selection of outlets with malls, independent boutiques, designer stores, and one-off speciality shops including Buchanan Galleries, John Lewis, Princes Square, House of Fraser, Argyll Arcade and St Enoch Centre.
You can also take time to search for the perfect gift thanks to extended festive opening hours, with many stores opening until 8pm or later. When the shopping is done relax, have a drink or enjoy a meal and soak up the enchanting atmosphere in the city centre.
Bring the car along and get you and the presents home easily too with car parks close to all the festivities - check out City Parking for seasonal offers.
The Glasgow Christmas Markets will return to St Enoch Square this year. 50 colourful stalls will offer a selection of gifts, artisan products and global
cuisine set in the festive village of rustic cabins and stalls. This truly seasonal experience for all the family has something for everyone, from scarves, jewellery, hats and purses, to chutneys, cheeses and waffles.
Wrap up warm, get your skates on and soak up the festive atmosphere at Glasgow on Ice, Glasgow's open-air ice rink in George Square. Open from November 27 until December 31, this year you'll not only be able to skate in the open air under the Christmas lights, but also relax with a drink in the unique double-deck cabin with a fantastic view over the rink.
Take part in this year’s Santa Dash as thousands of Santas pound the streets to raise money for good causes. Every single runner will receive a dashing Santa suit to wear on the day and a Santa’s little helper medal at the finish line. Fabulous spot prizes will also be awarded for those taking part in this 5K event. So get yourself on Santa’s good list and register today!
Waltzers and dodgems, Voodoo Dancers and Matterhorns - you'll find some crazy new rides at the IRN-BRU Carnival this festive season, if you dare to climb on! Of course the little ones will also be well catered for with the traditional spinning teacups and carousels, so it's the perfect family day out. Entry includes ten vouchers which can be used on all the rides and most of the stalls.
Don't forget to download our Christmas Map for all the best of what's on in Glasgow this festive season.