It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to eat, drink, be merry and moan about it 80% of the time – it’s basically what Glasgwegians do all year round but with more tinsel. Make sure you fit in at least one activity for each of our essential Christmassy categories – the classy drinks event, the visit to santa, some singing and dancing and the present-shopping. You’ll be humming the carols and feeling that fuzzy festive cheer in no time.

Visit Santa and his Reindeer

Image: Flickr
Image: Flickr

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:


Image: From Pavillion Panto Website, of last year's production of Peter Pan
Image: From Pavillion Panto Website, of last year’s production of Peter Pan

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.

 Carolling and Concerts
Image: Flickr
Image: Flickr
Our top picks so far? RuPaul’s Christmas Queens of course. The queens bring their sold out US show to the UK, and London’s events are already sold out. This is not RuPaul’s best friend race. But it’s going to be fabulous. The Beatson Cancer Charity are putting on a proper seasonal show in the stunning City Halls, with songs, stories and festive shopping for a great cause. The halls will also host Sensewise’s charity concert this season. Bloodwise are putting on a family-friendly caroling show in St Aloysius Church, and the Music Co-operative will present their enchanting Baroque Christmas Celebration in Bearsden’s Kilpatrick Church. So many musical delights!

Dress up for Drinks

Cocktails at Malbar - Image from Malmaison
Cocktails at Malbar – Image from Malmaison

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

Image from Dog Days Doggie Christmas Market Event
Image from Dog Days Doggie Christmas Market Event

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!