Glasgow Loves Christmas Festive Fun Day Out

Posted on 15/12/2016

We joined some lovely lifestyle and foodie bloggers last week for a festive fun day out to promote all that’s wonderful about Glasgow at Christmastime. And we can confirm that there is a lot that is wonderful!

We met at the local family run Kimbles in St Enoch Centre for a splendidly sweet breakfast. I opted for the luxury praline hot chocolate, but will need to go back to try out the DIY hot chocolate. Mr Kimble himself (what a festive name!) treated us to some of their top artisan chocolates. Top tip – his personal favourite is the full cherry dipped in liquor and covered in dark chocolate – yum!

Next we headed to Hamleys – an absolute must-visit for all kids and kidults. Hamleys Elves, (only the best make it through the Elf-Factor auditions) Glitzy and Nigel took us to Santa’s grotto, where they talked us through the top gifts for this Christmas. Toys are pretty impressive these days – there was a learn through play Code-a-pillar, a Paw Patrol dog that takes on 50 missions, a Minion that spins and says catch phrases and much more. As Santa said once he joined us, whatever happened to wooden push along trains! As you can imagine, Hamleys Santa Claus is the best of the best – he looks the part, talks the part and acts the part, with enough cheekiness to keep adults giggling too.  If you have kids, then I highly recommend the Hamleys Christmas experience.

We then headed to Glasgow’s most famous and most sparkling of department stores, House of Fraser. With a glass of bubbly in hand, we got to watch a make-up masterclass on model Ruth, performed by the girls at the Charlotte Tilbury counter. Charlotte Tilbury is the world’s number one make-up artist and Fraser’s is home to her only counter in Scotland. 

After getting a chance to try out some of the make-up ourselves, we headed across the road to the Argyll Arcade – Europe’s oldest covered shopping mall and home to over 30 jewellers and diamond merchants. For those looking to win someone’s heart this Christmas with a sparkling gift for under the tree, then Rox in the Argyll Arcade is the place to go. We took the chance to browse the collection, which ranged in prices, styles and levels of dazzlingness, before enjoying a truly decadent Afternoon Tea in Rox’s stunning Thrill Room.

We all needed the walk up Buchanan Street afterwards to help burn off some lunch before our next stop – Buchanan Galleries. Here, we all separated, tasked with buying the perfect secret Santa gift for a fellow blogger. There’s almost too much to choose from, what with Tiger, Boots, Lego, Accessorize and much more all in the same shopping centre. I ended up opting for Joy, which not only has beautiful clothes, but quirky and lovely treats that are perfect for stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts.

Staying in Buchanan Galleries, we headed to the department store synonymous with Christmas – John Lewis. Shop assistant, Lorna, talked us through their Christmas themes and most sought after decoration trends before each of the bloggers chose their favourite bauble to take home to adorn their own tree. Top tip for fans of John Lewis’ Christmas advert – they have lots of Buster the Boxer Dog and his woodland chums in store!

Our last stop for the day was Princes Square, famed for its unique and stylish boutiques and dining. We headed to The Restaurant Bar & Grill for some liquid merriment. Jovial and professional barman, Robert, made us their three signature festive cocktails – gold, frankincense and myrrh – which provided the perfect end to our festive fun day out. 

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