Glasgow Loves Christmas

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!

The Style Mile - Perfect for Presents


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.

Christmas Markets - November 13 - December 20


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.

Glasgow on Ice - November 27 - December 31


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.

Santa Dash - December 6


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!

IRN-BRU Carnival - December 23 - January 17


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.

Still stuck for ideas?

Don't forget to download our Christmas Map for all the best of what's on in Glasgow this festive season.

What's Happening in Glasgow

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Various venues: Glasgow 14 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019 Various
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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 22 Jan 2019 - 6 May 2019 Free
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Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Various venues: Glasgow 14 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019 Various
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Back to Bacharach

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 30 Mar 2019 £25.00 - £26.50
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Blue Planet II: Live In Concert

The SSE Hydro 21 Mar 2019 £34.05 - £68.10
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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 15 Mar 2019 - 6 May 2019 Free
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King's Theatre 15 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 £17.5 to £54.5
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Art Garfunkel: An Evening Of Songs And Stories

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 21 Apr 2019 £37 - £47
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The Girl on the Train

Theatre Royal 15 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 £13 - £43.90
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Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh Rugby

Scotstoun International Sports Arena 27 Apr 2019 Various prices
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Michael Ball: Coming Home To You Tour

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 23 Apr 2019 £42 - £62
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The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

The SSE Hydro 11 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019 £20.45 - £51.10
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Electric Frog + Pressure Riverside Festival

Riverside Museum 25 May 2019 - 26 May 2019 £55 to £100
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Guinness PRO14 Rugby Final 2019

Celtic Park 25 May 2019 £15 - £60
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Newton Faulkner

The Old Fruitmarket 6 May 2019 £25
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T. rex in Town

Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena 18 Apr 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 £8 - £14
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The SSE Hydro 28 May 2019 - 5 Jun 2019 £51.10 - £102.15
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Southside Fringe

Various venues: Glasgow 9 May 2019 - 26 May 2019 Various prices
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