Glasgow Living's Top Festive Outings – From Reindeer to RuPaul's Christmas Queens
Visit Santa and his Reindeer
We won’t even bother pretending this is just for the kids. There’s room for everyone on the nice list, no matter how old you are, so make sure you put in a good word with the big man and his four-legged pals this year. The reindeer will be at Holmwood House along with Mr Claus himself, whilst his better half will be available for a catch up at Pollok House with presents for the good elves. Santa will also be at Hamleys most of December, (he’s magic, alright? He borrows Hermione Granger’s timeturner for the festive season) and, speaking of the wizarding world, did you know he had owls, too? You can visit them at the Enchanted Village at Loch Lomond Shores and the RSPB Bird of Prey Centre.
Singing and Shows
There are so many wonderful things on offer that we’ll need to dedicate another list for it, but we’ll get you started with a little taster of the fun to be had:
Absolutely spoiled for choice this year. Might just have to take a week off from life to go to all of them. Aladdin will be stopping off with his magic carpet at the SECC, and Cinderella shall go to the ball, at King’s Theatre. Everyone can join Elfie on his magical adventure at the Pavillion Theatre with certain showings offering 241 tickets, and the younger weans will love a night out to the Tron for the Night After Christmas show, aimed at kids aged 3-6 years. That’s not even all, the wickedly weegie Snaw Queen will also be casting magic at the Tron, and Snow White and her Seven Wee Muppets can be found in the West End’s Webster Theatre this winter. Are we there, yet? No, we aren’t! If you still don’t think that’s enough choice for you, then check out Hansel and Gretel at the Citizen’s Theatre for those kids brave enough to venture into the spooky woods after dark. Grown up kids (18+) will especially love the Aladdin After Dark show on offer at the Panopticon – they’re running kid-friendly shows too as part of the first Panto season since the Music Hall closed down in 1938! Phew. That’ll do. For now.
Dress up for Drinks
Just in case you need an excuse to get your glitz on, Glasgow has plenty of options for a sophisticated, glamorous evening. 2016 seems to be the Gatsby revival year, so make sure you check out the Gatsby Club’s Winter Ball at Glasgow University, and Party Like Gatsby at SWG3, Old Fashioned in hand. For a more local flavour, check out the Scottish Alternative Music Awards Party at the cool and quirky citizenM hotel for a musical evening of fun. Lok’s Bar and Kitchen are hosting party nights on Fridays and Saturdays with dining and dancing, or for a distinctly tasteful affair, why not book some champagne tasting with Master of Wine Rose Murray Brown at ABode? Pinkies out, pals! Once you’ve got the difference between cava, prosecco and champagne down to a whiff and a splash, treat yourself and friends or family to an evening at one of the city’s stylish bars and marvellous musical pubs. Our favs are Malbar at Malmaison and Avant Garde in the Merchant City, who are hosting a traditional ceilidh on the 12th December!
Shopping for the Season
Glasgow is really spoilt for choice as far as the markets go this year. We can’t wait to start hunting for lovely handmade decorations and inspiration for things to go both on and under the tree! The Etsy Made Local market will run on 3rd – 4th December at Briggait, and for the first time, Glasgow’s beloved pooches get their very own day out to the Doggy Christmas Market at Dog Days! The St Enoch/George Square Markets will be rolling into town soon, and Byres Road are hosting their very own makers market this year, too. The beautiful House for an Art Lover host their annual fayre on the 3rd, and Cameron House on Loch Lomond shores will also be opening their doors for a market in a gorgeous location. Enjoy!
So there’s just a little taster of some of the wonderful events coming up to get you in the spirit of things. Keep an eye on the page for more festive updates, and if we’ve missed an event here then get in touch and tell us about it!