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