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Top 20 things to do in Glasgow this Christmas

Glasgow is the perfect destination this Christmas with stylish shopping, fun festive events and fantastic bars and restaurants, all set in the magical, glittering city centre. Our festive guide to the top 20 things to do in Glasgow this Christmas will help you plan great days out for all the family.


    1. Find the perfect present on Glasgow’s Style Mile , with many stores offering extended festive opening hours. The range, variety and exclusive labels on the Style Mile make Glasgow the solution to every gift dilemma.
    2. Settle down with a mince pie and watch a classic festive film at Glasgow Film Theatre.
    3. Sip mulled wine and browse the Glasgow Christmas Markets  in St Enoch Square (until December 22) and George Square (until December 29). With a variety of colourful stalls offering a selection of gifts, artisan products and global cuisine, set in a festive village of rustic cabins and stalls, the Christmas markets are truly one of the most delightful seasonal experiences.
    4. Indulge in a Christmas-themed afternoon tea  at many venues across the city. Cup Tea Lounge, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Malmaison, Mackintosh at The Willow and The Corinthian Club, all offer Christmas versions of the classic favourite.
    5. Add some sparkle to your Christmas with a visit to Argyll Arcade , a chic Parisian–style arcade with glass roof and over 30 luxury jewellers and diamond merchants.
    6. Visit Mrs Claus at Pollok House in Pollok Country Park. Admire the house all dressed up for Christmas, and see your child receive a special Christmas gift from Mrs Claus herself.
    7. Enjoy festive fun at the Glasgow Science Centre this December with their Christmas Science Show, Merry Magnets and Peg Reindeer kids’ activities, running until December 31.
    8. Celebrate in style at one of Glasgow's many glittering bars and enjoy some festive cocktails. In need of some inspiration? Click here for a guide to some of the best bars and cocktails in the city.
    9. House of Fraser, Glasgow’s premium department store, is decadently covered in sparkling lights this Christmas, and it’s the perfect Instagrammable spot! Head inside and enjoy five floors of temptation, a deluxe Champagne Bar, gift wrapping station and exclusive promotions throughout the festive period. 
    10. Hop on board the Red Bus Bistro for a unique dining experience.  Their Glasgow Christmas Tour lets you marvel in the sights of Glasgow whilst tucking into a delicious “three course” Christmas dinner prepared aboard their vintage Routemaster bus.
    11. Head to the Hard Rock Café this festive season and get ready to rock and roll with Santa. Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast, holly jolly entertainment and games as well as a special visit from the main man himself.
    12. Strike a pose! Take a selfie with one of the giant reindeer statues in St Enoch Centre and on Argyle Street.
    13. Pick up some speciality gifts from Princes Square  - a shopping and dining sanctuary famed for its unique style selection including COS, Vivienne Westwood and Joules.  The centre is decorated with stunning lights throughout the festive season and has a packed schedule of seasonal events. 
    14. Bake off in style at Sloans Christmas Cakes & Cocktails evening. You'll receive all the supplies to create your very own delicious cupcakes to take home and enjoy. After decorating you'll receive a delicious Christmas cocktail with a plate of nibbles to enjoy.
    15. Shout "He’s behind you!" at a pantomime – take your pick from Jack & the Beanstalk at the King’s Theatre, The Magical Adventures  of Pinocchio at the Pavilion Theatre or Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at the SEC Armadillo. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out Cinderfella at the Tron Theatre or enjoy Glasgow Art’s fun-filled, family-friendly community panto Beauty & the Beast.
    16. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December, and daily from Monday, December 18 until Christmas Eve, Merchant Square will fill up with local crafters, designers, specialists and artists. Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at their Christmas Craft Fair - a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs!
    17. All aboard….. Hop on Santa’s Magical Express train and travel through the grounds of the Riverside Museum and past the Tall Ship, but watch out for The Grinch who will be grumbling and throwing sweets at you as you pass! Visit the outdoor Christmas street with children's games, food stalls, gift stalls and funfair – it’s a fun festive day out for all the family.
    18. Treat your elf! Head along to Ingram Street, Glasgow’s most exclusive fashion boulevard for luxury labels.
    19. Celebrate 100 years of fun at the SEC’s IRN-BRU Carnival  – there’s more exciting attractions than ever before, including: thrill rides, family rides, kids' rides, game stalls and a hall dedicated to inflatable play. So whirl round on the waltzers or hold your nerve on the 40m high Starflyer from December 20 until January 12.
    20. Enjoy fantastic festive musical entertainment this Christmas - from orchestral delights, classic tunes from the big screen and big band sounds, to West End favourites, Christmas at the Concert Halls has something to suit all musical tastes. See The Snowman on the large screen accompanied live by the RSNO or get ready for some holly jolly silliness as FUNBOX presents Christmas in Toy Town.