Christmas in Glasgow: Things To Do and Where to Stay

When planning a festive getaway in Glasgow this year, you’re undoubtedly considering what to see and do while in town. Christmas in Glasgow is truly a sight to behold, as is the impressive range of attractions at this time of year, from fairs to markets, pantos, and ice skating; there is an array of events for both adults and those with families in tow. Our list below will help you get started and ready to party this December.


Christmas Fairs

George Square

Enjoy festive fun beneath traditional Christmas lights backed by City Chambers. Discover the open-air ice rink, stunning city views from the 100ft observation wheel, the Victorian carousel, helter-skelter and flying chairs, plus Christmas-themed entertainment, singers, dancers and surprise guests performing every afternoon.

St Enoch Square

St Enoch Square will include festive thrill rides, including The Blizzard reaching 70mph, an ice climbing wall, Santa’s runaway train, and bounce-on bungee trampolines. Or choose to over-indulge in foodie treats: luxury hot chocolates, crepes and wraps, Bratwurst, and toasted marshmallows.


Christmas Markets

Glasgow Fort

Shop an array of stalls, taste delicious food and shop unique, hand-made gifts. Of course, there are gifts for food lovers, including gourmet cheese hampers, chocolate kisses, and seasonal spirits. Or, instead, hit the Bavarian bar, or indulge in traditional sausages, churros, fudge, or mini Dutch pancakes!

The Barras Christmas market

Scotland’s oldest market plays host to this market as it transforms into a festive Christmas wonderland with gifts, food, and Christmas-filled fun to enjoy.


Head Along to a Panto

There are a few family-friendly pantos in Glasgow this year, including Beauty and the Beast, starring local pantomime legends Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac, in an enchanting production suitable for the entire family at the King’s Theatre. Or why not try the new production of Sleeping Beauty? Expect jokes, songs and rowdy storytelling to get everyone in the festive spirit. Appropriate for ages five and up.


Cranside Winter Village

Fancy a party in a winter wonderland? Cranside Kitchen’s Winter Village is
a Scandi-inspired winter fair offering mouth watering street food, drinks, and entertainment including live music and comedy. Highlights include 7 kitchens and 5 bars, a Christmas tree and decorations, Christmas carols, weekend DJs, late-night bars, a winter BBQ, and a rooftop cocktail and whiskey bar. What’s not to love?



Skate a snow-covered winter wonderland under the stars at Elfingrove. The event will be huge and feature an ice skating rink, a snow wheel to get up high and see the sights, a spectacular assortment of seasonal food and drink, and Christmas parties to celebrate the season.


Go Native For Christmas in Glasgow

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