Christmas in Glasgow

Friday 21 November 2014 by Hollie Swain

To help you get the festive season off to a cracking start, we spoke to influential bloggers from our popular SACO locations and asked them for their insider knowledge of what to do in our most popular locations this Christmas. Check out what the Glasgow bloggers had to say....

Little Blog of Horrors


Little Blog of Horrors

“Bit of a random suggestion, but at this this time of year I love taking a stroll up to the Necropolis in the east end. It makes the perfect walk for a frosty winter afternoon, and once you get to the top you have views across the whole of Glasgow. Then warm up on the way home with hearty pub grub and a beer at the nearby West Brewery or the Drygate. “

Glasgow West End

Glasgow West End

Glasgow West End

I'm starting to make plans for Christmas – one not-to-be-missed event is first in my diary, that's: The Muse at St Louis, 17 December, when Tom Leonard will be the headline act at St Louis' Wee Literary Festival in Partick, Glasgow West End. I always enjoy these nights at St Louis but this one will be special. Linda Jackson, host extraordinaire will be waiting to greet her guests and wrap them in hospitality before switching to her blues diva persona and astonishing them with her sensational voice. There will also be some new writers, the cream of the crop of Strathclyde University's creative writer’s classes, performing their poetry and prose.    

All a very pleasant warm up for the amazing Tom Leonard. For anyone from out of town he presents the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in Glasgow humour and culture; reading a selection of gems from his impressive catalogue of poetry – some of it written in his own urban dialect.  Book early as it gets busy – the service and food at St Louis are both wonderful so grab a table, dine out, relax and wait to be entertained by one of Glasgow's most talented writers. “

Last Year Girl


 Last Year’s Girl  

Blitzed, Glasgow's 1940s-themed club night, will be popping up at SWG3 for a special festive edition on 13th December. Have yourself a merry little Blitzedmas while 15-piece swing band Winston and the Churchills play the Christmas classics, then dance the night away to DJ Lord Holyrude's gramophone jams. Era-appropriate attire is essential, but vintage stylists Miss Dixiebelle will be there to lend a hand - while The Bygone Photobooth's instant photo-strips will capture you in all your finery.  

Croy's finest four-piece, Campfires in Winter, are bringing the alt.rock festive vibes to Sloans' Grand Ballroom on 17th December, with the help of a few friends and some special guest collaborations. Expect mulled wine and mince pies, dodgy Christmas jumpers, a festive photobooth and dancing until dawn with a late-night DJ set from the Twilight Sad. There might even be the odd Christmas cover...”


Miss West End Girl 


“If you're spending time in our fair city over the festive period, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to Christmas shopping. Browse traditional, handmade and even delicious food items in the Glasgow Christmas Market until 21st December. You'll also find seasonal inspiration, live music, designer labels and a massive Christmas tree in Princes Square shopping mall - ho ho ho! 
Once you're all shopped out, take a stroll under the romantic twinkling lights at Royal Exchange Square (and don't forget your mistletoe!). Stop by George Square, which will host Scotland's largest outdoor ice rink from 27th November, as well as live music and other themed events.”


A huge thank you to all of the bloggers who have taken part in our guide! We hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year!

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