Glasgow will welcome in the New Year in style with a day of festivities to mark the beginning of 2012. For the first time ever George Square will host a free, fun, family party on 1 January in conjunction with Glasgow Warriors and Clyde 1. Organisers Glasgow Life have announced further programme details of the day-long celebration that is set to be a special way to greet the new year.
From 12 noon until 6pm on Monday 1 January friends and families can continue partying with music and dance in George Square. Revellers can feast on traditional Scottish produce, while children can enjoy a multitude of family-friendly activities, as the city celebrates the promise of a New Year in style. Everyone can also enjoy half-price skating on 1, 2 and 3 January.
Glasgow Warriors will get the party started by joining the New Year’s Day get-together ahead of the deciding leg of their 1872 Cup derby double-header against Edinburgh Rugby later that day at Firhill. Players from the top flight team will be helping supporters old and new enjoy the day and gear up for the vital clash. There will be entertainment, photograph and autograph signing sessions, a guest appearance from the Glasgow Warriors mascot ‘Clyde Coo’ and the chance to enjoy some hearty pre-game refreshments.
Clyde 1 DJ Gavin Pearson will host the event and acts already confirmed include pipers, drumming bands and highland dancers. There will also be children’s activities, including face painting and the big wheel and all other attractions will be open as normal, so there is plenty to entertain everyone.
Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “Glasgow will celebrate the end of 2011 with a full day of free, fun festivities in George Square. So it seems only right we should welcome 2012 and all it promises with a celebration of its own on 1 January. Everyone is invited, with music, dancing and a range of family friendly activities, including half-price skating on the ever popular ice rink, it promises to be a memorable way to start the New Year."
Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Glasgow Loves Hogmanayday is a fantastic new addition to Scotland’s Winter Festival programme. The celebrations are a special way for families to see out 2011 and welcome in the 2012 - the Year of Creative Scotland - and all that has to offer. Hogmanay revellers will be treated to live music and dancing, a feast of Scottish fare and curling taster sessions with two of Scotland’s champions - there will be something for everyone from home and across the globe to enjoy.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: “The New Year’s Day party in George Square gives our supporters the perfect opportunity to gear up for one of the biggest matches of our season, against our old rivals Edinburgh Rugby. The players really appreciate the fantastic support we receive at Firhill, and I’d encourage everyone to come down and sample the atmosphere at George Square before heading to what should be a fantastic derby occasion.”
Car parking charges do not apply on Sundays, including 1 January, in certain on street parking areas of the city, including parking bays and single yellow lines in the streets surrounding George Square. Please check on street meters/ signage for detailed information.
On 31 December the city will celebrate Hogmanay in George Square at Hogmanayday, a free, family friendly event from 12noon until 10pm. No ticket is required for entry. Families can get into the party spirit, ceilidh dancing round George Square to some spectacular live Scottish music.
Hogmanayday is part of the Glasgow Loves Hogmanay campaign, which brings together the city’s seasonal entertainment and events programme, as well as its unrivalled retail and dining offering under the one banner. A free-to-download, bespoke Glasgow Loves Hogmanay app is available at: www.glasgowloveshogmanay.com