Christmas in Glasgow

By Swathi Ramaswamy on Jan 08, 2019
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Glasgow is slowly emerging as a leading destination for tourists in Scotland and what could be the better time to be spending your holidays than Christmas holidays? It's the season of joy and merrymaking with festivities and the end of the year progressing in full fervor. It is a surprising fact, but Christmas attained popularity in Scotland quite late and became a public holiday only in the 1950s. However, over the years Christmas in Glasgow has acquired its own distinct charm and become an intrinsic part of Scottish settlements. So, if you're in Glasgow during Christmas, here's a guide that will tell you what to do:

1. Indulge in Christmas Shopping

Like every festival that is celebrated, shopping is a necessary activity. Get a taste of what's in vogue in the city at the Glasgow Style Mile. For street favorites, you can head out to Buchanan Galleries. This area also has the leading food outlets in the city. Then there is the Princes Square which is decorated with some of the best and most colorful Christmas lights. Here you can shop for special gifts and souvenirs. It is one of the most popular shopping and dining sanctuaries in Glasgow. No Christmas shopping is complete without candles. Princes Square is also where Shearer Candles is located. They are the oldest candle makers in Scotland.

2. Explore the Festive markets

There are plenty of Glasgow Christmas Markets that you can visit in St Enoch Square and George Square. The former is open till December 22 while the latter is open till December 29. These markets offer a great variety of gifts, artisanal products and cuisine from all over the world. The festive spirit is set with rustic cabins and stalls. Merchant square also offers local specialties from craftsmen and artists. It hosts the Christmas Craft Fair which is a quintessential experience for Christmas in Glasgow. You can also witness some young talents from Scotland in various fields like music, dance, and art in these festive collectives.

3. Witness the Classic festive fun

Christmas is a perfect time for vacationing with your family. If you too are in Glasgow with your family, then there will be many things to keep you entertained. For starters, you can start with the kiddie rides at Build a Bear in Buchanan Galleries. The Glasgow Film Theatre also screen classic films for the holiday season. You can watch a movie biting on a slice of a classic mince pie. More family-friendly events for Christmas in Glasgow are held at the Glasgow Museum. You can end your trip climbing on the top of the lighthouse and gaze at the landscape dotted with twinkling Christmas lights.

4. Go, Party Hopping

In this festive season, there are several Christmas events in Glasgow to keep you awake in the brightly-lit night. The perfect pick for Christmas parties is the Ashton Light Hogmanay Street Party along with Merchant Square's Hogmanay Party. There are several gigs in the streets and venues like Hard Rock Cafe. In fact, Glasgow has also been declared as a city of music by the UNESCO. SSE Hydro and Barrowlands are some leading destinations to experience the best of musical talent that Glasgow has to offer.

5. Give your taste buds a taste of Christmas spirit

There are several culinary experiences at Glasgow. You can start your tour at the Red Bus Bistro which is a moving cafe on a bus. Sip on some excellent gin and tea while the bus takes you around significant streets of Glasgow. The cup tea lounge also has a Christmas themed afternoon tea. For those who have a sweet tooth, you'll find paradise in Hotel Chocolate. The eatery is solely dedicated to chocolate dishes. For lunch, you can head out to Saint Luke's or Winged Ox.

With the perfect food, music and gifting options, what more one can wish for on a Christmas day? The Christmas spirit is so ingrained in Glasgow that you will find several Santa Claus and Mrs Claus impersonators not only in children's spots like Hamley's toy store but also other places like Hard Rock Cafe, Pollok House Country Park and other bars of Glasgow. So, this Christmas, get into the joyous spirit hopping in and around the Scottish town of Glasgow.

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