Festive Glasgow: What’s On in the City

Glasgow is an exciting city to visit from mid-November until the big day itself. There’s lots of festive fun going on, making winter the perfect time to visit this Scottish city.

Travelodge offer a range of Glasgow hotels so there’s no need to spend big on a Glasgow winter mini break. There are six Glasgow hotels to choose from but if you want to stay right in the heart of the city’s Christmas atmosphere then the Glasgow Central Travelodge is the one to go for. If, however, you prefer a quieter location of an evening, there are several other Glasgow Travelodges that are within easy reach of the action.
In order to fully experience all that Glasgow has to offer during the special festive period, make an itinerary of what to see and do during your stay. Use the following list for inspiration and pick and choose from the elements to make your perfect winter break in the city.

The Christmas Lights Switch On

Travel Edits | Festive Glasgow: What’s On in the City

Let there be light!

Nov 15. George Square.

November is the ideal time for a mini-break. Not too close to Christmas that you can’t find space in your packed diary, but close enough to enjoy the festive atmosphere of your chosen city. A November stay will also perfectly break up those dark, cold days leading up to Christmas.

The Christmas Lights Switch On is a big event in Glasgow and a great way to kick off the festive period. This year it takes place on Thursday Nov 15, so if you can coincide a November trip with that date you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic evening to remember.
The action kicks off at 6pm and the event runs until 7.20pm, in Glasgow’s famous George Square. It is a ticketed event, with a ballot system in place to apply for tickets. However, with live music and a spectacular firework display, it’s an event that can be enjoyed from the surrounding streets and areas. Top tip – If you can get a window seat in a nearby restaurant or café then so much the better!

Glasgow On Ice

Glasgow On Ice
Nov 24 – Jan 6. George Square.

If Nov 15 is a touch too early for you, never fear – George Square will be buzzing with Christmas cheer from Nov 24 right through to Jan 6.
As well as the stunning illuminations, visitors will also find fairground rides, and, last but not least, an open air ice rink!
Open till 10pm nightly, this magical attraction offers an affordable activity for all ages to enjoy. There will be a half hour ‘penguin’ session daily, with cute skating aids for little ones. Check the website for details of timings.

St Andrew’s Day

Nov 30 – Dec 2.

Christmas isn’t the only fantastic festive event that Scotland has to look forward to during December. St Andrew’s day is one of the most important days in the Scottish calender and the Scots certainly do know how to celebrate it.

Join them in this Scottish extravaganza, for live music, street performers and traditional ceilidh dances, as well as fantastic traditional Scottish fare such as haggis, scotch broth, neeps n tatties and more (try the Winter Café Bar for a traditional menu)! Sure to be an amazing occasion for all!

Winter is an exciting season in Scotland. Be part of it with a short break to Glasgow – it’s sure to be a most memorable mini break.

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