10 things that make Christmas in Glasgow
“Snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun” …Or they would be if they weren’t stuck in the house.
Christmas only happens once a year, make the most of it, especially while the weather isn’t too bad. Avoid the Christmas shopping wars and let the kids experience Christmas away from the TV.
Here’s Glasgow Living’s guide to the Christmas holidays.
10. Go to the GFT or Grosvenor & watch a festive movie
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without catching some of the yuletide classics, Miracle on 34th Street is a particular favourite, but It’s a Wonderful Life is also quite beautiful, (perhaps a little dark for the youngest in the family, why not head along to the GFT or Grosvenor for a festive showing.
9. The Pantomime
An essential Christmas institution, with so many to choose from across Glasgow and surrounding areas, you won’t be forced to spend £900 pounds (approx) to watch a man dress as a woman. Fantastic family fun. All together now, “he’s behind youuuuuuu“.
8. George Square Winter Wonderland
After admiring the famous George Square Christmas lights, spend your afternoon wandering around the festive attractions in George Square. Choose from Chairoplanes, The Big Wheel or a golden oldie, Carousel. With the Alpine bar available for the slightly older folk, George Square is excellent fun at this time of year.
7. Glasgow on Ice
Officially Scotland’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, Glasgow on Ice is now into its (insert year here) and shows no signs of slowing down. (much like the skaters). With themed nights, live DJ’s and a soundtrack to the movies themed nights, Glasgow on Ice promises to be the most fun under the stars this year.
6. Meet Santa’s Reindeer
We all know that they only fly on Christmas Eve. So head down to George Square and meet Santa’s reindeer before they set off on their yearly quest to help deliver presents around the world. 12pm-4pm, 22nd & 23rd of December, George Square
5. Sledging @ Xscape
We know that Scotland’s weather isn’t really what you would call “reliable”. (I.E no snow at Christmas but plenty at Easter reliable.) Forget the crazy weather and head along to Xscape at Braehead for indoor sledging. 100% per cent fresh snow every day and far less sledging accidents.
4. Ice Slide @ Xscape
The Ice Slide is similar to a swimming flume except frozen, all the thrills and spills without having to dry the kids off afterwards. (Unfortunately adults aren’t permitted down the ride.)
3. P.N.P (www.portableporthpole.com)
Not strictly out of the house but definitely away from the television.
A personalised message from Santa for each of your kids, guaranteed to have them on their best behaviour on the lead up to Christmas. (You can actually ask Santa to put them on the naughty list) Remember though with great power comes great responsibility. If you put kids on the naughty list on Christmas Eve they will have a meltdown.
2. Irn Bru Carnival @ Secc
Now in its 94th year. A Glasgow institute. Glasgow’s famous carnival promises the fun and excitement of the carnival without having to worry about Scotland’s infamous winter weather. £13 pounds for ten tickets. A full day of fun guaranteed.
1. Watch Santa’s sleigh fly across Glasgow
One night a year Santa delivers presents to all the good boys and girls of the world and this year @ 5:22pm on Christmas Eve (weather permitting) you can look up at the moon to watch him and the magical reindeer at work.
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