Festive Shows and Entertainment

​​​Festive Family Fun  

Christmas is a great time for a family get together and there is nothing like the look of wonder and excitement on the little one’s faces at this time of year.  Plan in time to enjoy fun and laughter at some of the great family friendly events taking place this season. 

Plan a trip to see the Christmas tree and lights in George Square, then have a twirl on one of the fairground rides or big wheel and enjoy some tasty snacks from the Christmas Market. 

Let each member of the family choose a unique tree decoration from the John Lewis Christmas Shop.  Or if you are feeling creative, stock up on craft supplies from Cass Art on Queen Street or Miller’s Art Store on Stockwell Street and try making your own. 

Join Father Christmas and his loveable elves at Hamleys toy shop.  It’s an extra special experience where children can take part in seasonal games and receive a gift to take home.  Booking essential.  

Barras Art & Design Centre will be transformed into a glittering wonderland on 8 December for the BAaD Christmas Family Day with craft stalls and activities for all ages. 

The kids can meet the man of the moment, tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a gift at Santa’s Grotto in St Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries.

Head to the Riverside Museum on 1 & 2 December for the annual Christmas Festival with traditional Christmas Market in the Victorian Street, fairground rides and take a visit to see Santa in The Tall Ship Grotto. 

Singalong to some festive family favourites as Funbox Presents Once Upona Christmas at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 14 – 16 December.  

The Irn Bru Carnival returns once again to the SEC Centre. A thrilling day out for all the family. 


Festive Markets


Glasgow is known all over for its excellent shopping, with every imaginable high street store available and the city’s Style Mile is a magical place to be this Christmas.  But if you also want to pick up something different, head to one of the fantastic independent markets taking place throughout the city.
Sloans Market, Every Saturday and Sunday

Sloans Lane (between Buchanan Street and Argyle Street)

Merchant Square Craft Market
Merchant Square, Candleriggs 

Urban Market, 1st and 3rd Sunday every month
Drygate Brewery

Art on the Exchange Festive Markets
Royal Exchange Square 

Country Living Christmas Fair
SEC Centre

3d2d Glasgow Christmas Craft, Art & Design Fair
Royal Concert Hall 

Glasgow Independent Market, Christmas Gift Special
Barras Art and Design Centre 

Etsy Made Local Glasgow
The Briggait 

Riverside Museum Christmas Festival
Pointhouse Place

The Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival
The Briggait

Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market Does Christmas
Barras Art and Design Centre