Family events

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. 

Pantos and Theatre shows
Various dates
A guaranteed day out to get all the family in the festive mood, take a look at what pantos and theatre shows are coming up this festive season.

Wee Hansel & Gretel
Thu 1 – Sat 3 Nov
A wee version of a big ballet... Join Hansel & Gretel as they follow a bewitching ballerina to an enchanting gingerbread house, conjure up dancing sweet treats and meet toys that come to life.

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From Fri 9 Nov
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. 

Meet Santa
Sun 24 Nov – Sun 23 Dec
At such a magical time of year meeting Santa can be a real treat, bringing pure joy to your little ones eyes. From grottos to breakfasts, check out our guide of the best places in Glasgow to meet the big man himself.

Santa School at Scotland Street School
Sat 1 Dec – Sun 16 Dec (weekends only)
Fancy yourself as a stand in Santa? Join Santa School and learn some crucial skills, just in case there's a Christmas emergency!

Glasgow's museums are hosting loads of other fun family events this Christmas too, take a look at what's coming up here.

Fri 14 – Sun 16 Dec
Singalong to some festive family favourites with Anya, Kevin and Gary, formerly of The Singing Kettle.

Thu 20 Dec – Sun 13 Jan
The Irn Bru Carnival is a big Festive tradition for families in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. It is Europe's largest indoor funfair and it has something for everyone. This year there will be over 65 rides and attractions.


Sat 22 – Mon 24 Dec
Find out how Santa finds his way around the Earth on Christmas Eve in Santa's Starry Adventure, then settle in for a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sat 22 Dec
Come dressed in your most fabulous winter wonderland gear (prizes for best fancy dress) and sing the year out with Tom Harlow, Markee De Saw & Ciadhra, three of Glasgow's best live singers and performers.