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Winter wonders

Winter wonders

Winter wonders

Feel the magic of the winter season by taking in starry sights, warming drinks and joyful concerts.

Sparkling sights in the city

A ferris wheel lit up against the evening sky is slightly blurred. While a stone column surrounded with fairy lights in the foreground is in focus.

St Enoch Square and George Square are both the settings for winter wonderlands this season. The Christmas Fair at George Square (December 1 - January 8), will be home to an ice rink, 33-metre-high observation wheel, as well as the return of the popular Venetian flying chairs and Victorian carousel.

Sounds of the season

A group of musicians around a table beside a fireplace play their instruments, including a keyboard, guitar, accordion and fiddles.

What could be nicer on a cold winter's day than cosying up in bar with friends, while enjoying music from local musicians. Many city bars run free live music sessions, from traditional celtic music at The Ben Nevis Bar to jazz at The Howling Wolf. Visit our bars with free live music page for more ideas.

6 musicians are playing their instruments on stage against a backdrop of standing lamps and blue lighting. The curtain at the back of the stage says Celtic Connections.

Credit: Gaelle Beri

And the best is still to come once we head into the New Year! The biggest winter festival in Europe, Celtic Connections brightens up the city each January. Check out the line of amazing acts announced so far at

Warming winter drinks

Take a break and stop in somewhere for a winter warming drink or 2. Whether coffee, hot chocolate, mulled wine or cocktails is your drink of choice - there are plenty of options in the city.

For a truly indulgent hot chocolate, visit Bare Bones in the Trongate. The award-winning Glaswegian chocolate company serves delicious hot chocolates, which can be enjoyed while picking up gifts for loved ones. Check out for details.

A mug topped with cream and orange peel sits on top of a book. A hand is seen with a match setting the top of the drink alight.

For something a little stronger, lots of the city centre's coolest bars have changed their menus to include seasonal cocktails. For Christmas cheer and winter warmers, try Manhatten-inspired 63rd and 1st, modern Scottish Glaschu, classy The Anchor Line and cosy gastro-pub The Duke's Umbrella. Check out our cocktail bars page for ideas on where to go.

If looking for less glam and more traditional, then browse our cosy pubs page for ideas. From Waxy O'Connors to Rab Ha's to Oran Mor, there are many city bars that have roaring fireplaces, candles and armchairs to set the perfect scene for a winter's evening.

An outdoor glass booth with cushions sits surrounded by Christmas trees and fairylights.

For a magical Scandi-inspired winter experience, head to Cranside Kitchen's Winter Village. Open from November 24 - Hogmanay, there will be independent street food vendors, drinks and entertainment, with festive decor. You can even hire out a Swedish forest-style chalet or a private Kopparberg ski gondola for groups of 6. Visit for details.

Article last updated: December 2022

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