Glasgow offers a warm sense of community and a welcoming spirit all year round, so it should come as no surprise that the festive season is a full one.
To prepare you for a merry month leading up to Christmas, here is a guide to the best yuletide events to look forward to.
1. Check out Glasgow Christmas Market
Argyle street will be awash with festive cheer from this weekend, with the Christmas market making its annual appearance. There will be a selection of mulled wine, continental beers, meats of the world and Christmas-themed ornaments and gifts. It’s essentially an unwritten law that it’s not really Christmas until you’ve been to the market.
14 Nov – 21 Dec: Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LL, free, more info
2. Make your own gifts with Unscrooged
Trade School Glasgow looks to offer a DIY approach to the festive gifts. The Unscrooged team will help you make Christmas gifts complete with mince pies and hot chocolate along the way. The workshop is free to attend as long as you arrive with a food bank donation and some festive good will.
27 Nov: Trade School Glasgow, 2 Haghill Road, Glasgow, G31 3SR GB, free, more info
3. Get your skates on at Glasgow On Ice
George Square gets an icy makeover this Christmas, with the ice rink making a return for November and December. The rink will host themed evenings throughout the run, with a ‘Music for the Movies’ evening as well as pop-up art sessions in the square. It’s bound to be a hub of Christmas activity.
27 Nov – 31 Dec: George Square, George Street, G2 1DU, more info
4. Have a Spanish Christmas
¡Feliz Navidad! If you’re looking for a more continental Christmas, then the people of Familias en Glasgow will be bringing some latino celebrations to Glasgow this year, with a Christmas market of their own. Expect authentic Spanish festive food, music and some piñata bashing action.
29 Nov: Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Saltoun Street, Glasgow, G12 9AR, free, more info
5. See ‘A Christmas Carol’ on stage
The Citizens Theatre is offering a classic slice of Christmas drama and an interesting alternative during the pantomime season. The tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge is well-known, but the Citizens Theatre looks to offer a theatrical adaptation that captures the essence of the Dickens novel. Surely enough to silence the ‘humbugs’ of even the dourest of Scrooges.
29 Nov – 3 Jan: Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Sreet, Glasgow G5 9DS, £14-20, more info
6. Go to a retro Christmas gig
Nine-piece Glasgow band The Dynaglides will be hosting a one-off Christmas gig at the Admiral bar, playing a range of hits from the ’50s and ’60s with a few festive classics sure to be thrown in too.
6 Dec: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA, £5, more info
7. See The Muppet Christmas Carol
Michael Caine and Kermit the Frog lead an all-star Muppet cast in their very own take on the Charles Dickens classic. The Glasgow Film Theatre will be providing a seasonal screening which you can laugh and cry along with a cinema audience. We’re not sure on their rules on singing along however.
6 Dec: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB, £5, free, more info
8. Go to Santa school
Needing to pick up the Santa basics in a rush? Just in case of a Claus emergency? The Scotland Street School Museum has you covered with all the basics, including beard creation, learning the secret to a credible ‘ho ho ho’ and reindeer handling. All Santa school graduates will be given a certificate to prove their Claus credentials.
6-21 Dec: Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland St, Glasgow G5 8QB, free, more info
9. Then take part in the Glasgow Santa Dash
What could be more in the holiday spirit than santa-suited joggers dashing around the city centre, all in the name of charity? The Santa-dash will surely be a memorable way to mark your Christmas or even just to watch. Be sure to bring some sensible footwear – even Santa Claus himself wouldn’t attempt it in shiny black boots.
7 Dec: George Square, George Street, G2 1DU, £15, more info
10. Dance along to Blitzedmas
An evening of war-time dancing with a big band soundtrack? What could be better? The Blitzed retro club nights have built a big cult following in Glasgow and their festive themed evening is sure to be a real Christmas cracker.
13 Dec: Studio Warehouse, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG, £10, more info
11. Have a festive singalong
The House for an Art Lover prides itself on being an distinctive venue and what could be a more suitable way to spend your Sundays leading up to the big day itself, than to go along to a festive singalong? The day will include piano arrangement of Christmas classics from the likes of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, as well as a mulled wine and mince pie interval, topped off with a three course meal after the performance. Expect yuletide festivity levels to be off the chart after this.
14-21 Dec: House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow, G41 5BW, £32, more info
Share this on Twitter: