I don’t know how it’s that time again but I’m not complaining because it is CHRISTMAS and ever since I first saw it in 2003, Glasgow has been my favourite place at Christmas. I love looking at the beautiful Christmas lights, wandering around the city with a hot chocolate soaking in the atmosphere and of course, shopping. I usually love shopping but when I’m shopping for other people, surrounded by Christmas songs and wrapped up in a huge coat and scarf… bliss. That’s why this year, I wanted to share with you the best places to shop, hang out and soak up the Christmas spirit the Glasgow way.
Granny Would Be Proud Fairs
Granny Would Be Proud is a vintage and handmade crafts market that regularly hosts a series of vendors in either Hillhead Bookclub or The Shed. It’s got cupcakes, handmade jewelry and all the vintage goodies you could hope for. As well as this, every vendor is always delighted to chat with you whether you’re buying or not and nothing is overpriced. This weekend Granny Would Be Proud is hosting a Christmas event in The Shed. There you can find all the usual Granny Would Be Proud goodies, a retro photobooth, vintage hairdressers, massages, free shows and a tearoom! Event page here.
THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL. If there is anything that I maintain as a tradition, it’s this film. I have been watching this every year since I was three years old and I NEVER tire of it. It’s one of my favourite films of all time, one of my favourite stories of all time and of course, The Muppets are my heroes. Well, Jim Henson is I suppose. Anyway. If you are similarly ecstatic that you can now shamelessly watch this film, why not go to Sloans Bar to enjoy it with a meal? It’s 13.95 for 2 people and it means you can enjoy this with a bunch of other supposed adults who refuse to let themselves grow out of The Muppets. If for some reason you have no interest in this, there are also multiple showings of Elf across the month as well as Miracle on 34th Street and everybody’s favourite Christmas film, Die Hard, also has a showing! Event details here
Technically, this isn’t solely a Glasgow thing. But there is no way I could write about Glasgow at Christmas and not mention the Continental Christmas Market which is inexplicably described here as the German market. The Christmas market is one of the highlights of the build up to Christmas. A winter bar, continental foods, more Russian dolls than anybody could ever need, colourful bags and clothes, Christmas ornaments, massive wooden giraffe ornaments (because who doesn’t want one of those?) and a plethora of options for Christmas presents. My particular favourites are Russian dolls and leather notebooks, in case you were wondering. The Christmas Market is in Glasgow already and will be here until December 21st. Even if you just go for the mulled wine, this is something you absolutely shouldn’t miss.
Finally, for plain ol’ Christmas magic with ice-skating, a ferris wheel and the most traditional Christmas lights… Look no further than George Square. This place is the epitome of Christmas and unlike some of the places I’ve listed, very suitable for children. The ice skating usually has a bit of a queue so best to arrive early but if that’s not your thing, there is still plenty to do and an atmosphere that would make even the grumpiest Scrooge soften towards Christmas.
Where do you like to go at Christmas? Which small businesses would you recommend?