Throughout November and December, towns and cities all over the UK are going all out for Christmas, with Glasgow being no exception. Originally a small salmon-fishing village at a crossing point on the River Clyde, Glasgow has been shaped by battles, worldwide trade and heavy industry to become a truly international city and for seven weeks, the city comes alive with magical events, celebrating traditional events such as St Andrew’s Day, Burns Night and Hogmanay.
So with some great rates on Glasgow hotels, why not visit the city in time for the annual festive Glasgow Loves Christmas event, which begins this year on Friday 9th December when all George Square festive attractions, including Glasgow on Ice are open.
Glasgow’s Christmas Lights
From Thursday 15th November the city will twinkle, when the Christmas lights are turned on at 7pm in George Square.
Glasgow on Ice
The city’s only open-air ice rink is open from 24th November all the way through to 6th January, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day giving people the opportunity to skate under the stars in the heart of the city, with ice marshals on hand for those who have never skated before.
Glasgow Loves St Andrew’s Day
In celebration of Scotland’s traditional and contemporary culture, George Square will play host to a St Andrew’s Day shindig, with live music, dance and family entertainment taking place from Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December.
Glasgow Loves Hogmanay
As part of the wider Winter Festivals programme of events which begins with St Andrew’s Day on 30th November and ends with Burns night on 25th January, the traditional Hogmanay celebrations take place on 31st December, with pipe bands, highland dancing, food and drink and free performances by top Ceilidh bands. For children there will be storytelling, arts and crafts and face-painting.
Glasgow at Christmas is hard to beat, with more than 1500 shops including independent boutiques, designer stores and one-off speciality shops, extended opening hours and magical festive events.
As you can see, there is plenty going on Glasgow during the festive period, with most of the action taking place at George’s Square including choirs, big bands, Ceilidhs, new music, festive films, storytelling, art and more. So with that in mind, it’s wise to start looking for some great hotel deals and get planning your festive trip to Glasgow soon