With won­der­ful mar­kets, shops, pan­tos and events, Glas­gow is def­i­nitely the place to be this Christ­mas

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GLAS­GOW City Cen­tre al­ways be­comes a stun­ning ad­vert for Christ­mas at this time of year, with George Square a ma­jor fo­cal point.

The square is once again ex­pected to be trans­formed into a Win­ter Won­der­land with a wealth of tra­di­tional Christ­mas mar­kets, Christ­mas lights, the Na­tiv­ity, a gi­ant Christ­mas tree and a range of fes­tive events to keep the magic go­ing.

Glas­gow is fan­tas­tic for shop­ping and the Style Mile boasts over 1,500 shops, with ex­tended open­ing hours, as well as con­ve­nient click and col­lect op­tions mak­ing it easy to get or­gan­ised in the run up to the big day. Christ­mas just isn’t Christ­mas for most of us with­out a visit to the tra­di­tional mar­ket to get ev­ery­one into the mood with a warm­ing glass of fes­tive cheer or the chance to find a unique gift.

Well at­tended and much-loved last year, the Christ­mas Mar­ket looks set St Enoch Square with de­li­cious de­lights and hand crafted gifts be­neath the twin­kling Christ­mas lights along­side live en­ter­tain­ment, fair­ground rides and fes­tive sur­prises.

The event al­ways of­fers a re­ally lively and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and vis­i­tors will be spoilt for choice with a huge va­ri­ety of au­then­tic con­ti­nen­tal good­ies in­clud­ing crepes from France, Dutch pan­cakes, Bel­gian choco­lates, an ex­otic se­lec­tion of os­trich, wild boar and croc­o­dile burg­ers, Span­ish paella and nougat from Italy.


There’s one event which is an ab­so­lute must at Christ­mas – the panto.

It comes in all shapes and sizes from tra­di­tional to quirky, clas­sic to mod­ern and ris­ing stars to long es­tab­lished favourites.

Venues such as the King’s Theatre, Clyde Au­di­to­rium, Pav­il­ion Theatre, Tron Theatre and Cit­i­zens Theatre keep the magic go­ing with sus­pense, laugh­ter and a few cheeky jokes that hope­fully go over the kids’ heads.

Speak­ing of the wee ones, Baby’s First Christ­mas is a hugely pop­u­lar tra­di­tional event where Glas­gow’s new-borns are in­vited to a truly mag­i­cal oc­ca­sion and made to feel like a very pre­cious part of the city. The first ba­bies reg­is­tered through the Glas­gow City Coun­cil web­site will be in­vited to the City Cham­bers to meet and have their pic­ture taken with the Lord Provost.

A visit to Santa is al­ways very spe­cial and there all sorts of venues where you can meet the great man him­self, from de­part­ment stores and shop­ping cen­tres to gar­den cen­tres and Christ­mas fairs.

Make that out­ing part of an easy day where you wan­der round the city cen­tre and en­joy the lights and dec­o­ra­tions, adding to the Christ­massy feel­ing by stop­ping off for hot choco­late and gin­ger­bread, or buy a few tiny dec­o­ra­tions to add to the Christ­mas tree.

The Style Mile boasts over 1,500 shops many with ex­tended open­ing hours over the Christ­mas pe­riod

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