Best Christmas Markets in Glasgow

If you’re in any doubt as to how this city feels about the festive season, don’t be. It calls its celebration Glasgow Loves Christmas. And it shows.

Glaswegians also appreciate variety when it comes to their Christmas markets. Instead of sticking to the tried-and-true formula of chalet-style shops and vats of hot chocolate, they also have a handful of fresh, innovative and original markets dotted about the city.

Here’s our take on Glasgow’s best Christmas markets.

The traditional ones

If you’re a chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire kind of festive fan, you’ll want to head to George Square (about 2 minutes from Native Glasgow) and St Enoch Square (a mere 6 minute walk away) for gifts and knick-knacks, hearty food and steaming cups of mulled cider.

At St Enoch Square, you can feast on the classic bratwursts and hog roast, or go off piste with a bit of local duck rotisserie or crêpes. At George Square you’ll find the city’s stunning 15 metre Christmas tree, a vintage Helter Skelter and carousel, and Santa himself, who’s essentially a living advent calendar, giving out treats to kids every day. You may be lucky enough to get an apartment on the east side of the building that has views over George Square, where you can watch the festive fun from the warmth of your own room. The location is so good that we even had a party in our penthouse apartment with our friends at El Perro Negro to watch the Christmas light switch on over George Square.

St Enoch Square Christmas Market

 

 

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Until Sunday 22 December
Sunday to Wednesday: 10am – 7pm, bars open until 10pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 10pm

George Square Christmas Market

 

 

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Until Sunday 29 December
10am – 10pm every day, 10am – 6pm on Christmas Eve

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The indie ones

A Vegan Connections Christmas 2019

 

 

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Saturday 14 December, The Briggait, Bridegate

A glittering Christmas market with a vegan twist, Vegan Connections will be hosting 35 stalls serving hearty food and selling thoughtful, ethically sourced gifts.

There’s also a charitable side to the market, with proceeds from the raffle and other fundraising going towards The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter.

Sloans Market

 

Every weekend, 11am to 5pm, Sloans Lane, between Argyle Street and Buchanan Street.

Brilliant independent traders from across the country gather at Sloans Market every weekend, and things turn seriously festive throughout December. The stalls are quirky and original, the pub there serves great food and you might even catch a piano playing elf or two.

Merchant Square Craft & Design Fair

 

 

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Every Saturday, 11am–6pm
Every Sunday, 12pm–6pm

Merchant Square’s regular craft fair is twinkling with fairy lights and scented with spice at this time of year. From handmade baby clothes and soaps to artwork and photography, it’s perfect for a bit of last minute Christmas shopping.

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