Glasgow, a vibrant city irrespective of the season, is particularly special over Christmas. As the Christmas lights light up the streets of Glasgow, marking the beginning of the 2015 festivities in Scotland’s largest city, there are lots of things to see and do for both locals and visitors alike.
Some of the most eagerly anticipated events during the build up to Christmas in Glasgow are the city’s Christmas markets, which this year will run from the 13th of November to the 20th of December. As a city renowned for its vast selection of fine bars and restaurants, the Christmas markets add a fine selection of continental taste to the city over its 6-week duration, as traders from France, Germany, and others from further afield bring their authentic tastes to eager Glasgow palates. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, or just simply an enjoyable stroll, then the markets are for you!
If a selection of great food isn’t enough to excite, the city’s array of wonderful shopping amenities can certainly provide for those looking for the perfect Christmas present. The city’s renowned “Style Mile” has over 1500 shops, with something for everyone regardless of budget. Later opening hours are in operation to accommodate all shoppers, however to avoid the Christmas chaos make sure to have your presents wrapped early this month.
If the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shoppers doesn’t sound too appealing, why not check out George Square’s ‘Glasgow on Ice’, which offers visitors outdoor skating, fairground rides and a big wheel that provides spectacular views of the city. The activities at George square, which are open until the 31st of December, are great fun for friends and families, and are the perfect opportunity to relax after a busy day shopping!
Over the festive period George Square also plays host to the city’s hugely popular Santa Dash, which takes place on the 6th of December. The event itself is a 5k charity run, that’s contributions this year will go towards the Princess and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. This truly fantastic and light-hearted event sees runners dressed as Santa make their way around a short city-centre circuit. The city’s motto “People Make Glasgow” has never felt quite as apt, with the event plainly illustrating Glasgow’s sense of humour and community.
To make the most of your trip to Glasgow, why not plan ahead, and experience the city in all of its glory with a City sightseeing open top bus tour! The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, and offers customers the opportunity to travel and see Glasgow’s best sights, which include the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Science Centre, Merchant City, Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, and many more.
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