Christmas markets to return to Glasgow alongside outdoor ice rink

Events will take place across the city at George Square and St Enoch Square.

Christmas fairs to return to George Square ad St Enoch Square in Glasgow with ice rink and markets Glasgow Life

Glasgow’s Christmas celebrations will commence later this month with the return of markets and an ice rink to the city centre.

A big wheel and climbing wall will also be included in the festive activities which will be open to the public.

The festivities will be situated in both George Square and St Enoch Square ,with the areas transformed into winter wonderlands featuring carousels and street food hubs.

There will also be a Bavarian moose bar and bungee trampolines.

The highly-anticipated city lights switch-on will take place on Sunday, November 20.

The Christmas Fair at St Enoch Square will launch on Friday, November 18 and will include The Blizzard, an attraction for thrill seekers with the ability to reach speeds of up to 70mph and an opportunity to test your grip on an ice climbing wall.

There will also be fun for little ones with the chance to jump aboard Santa’s runaway train, bungee trampolines, a trail funhouse and a helter-skelter.

Festive favourites will be served up at street food stalls, including a marshmallow toasting station and a Bavarian moose bar and swing grill.

On December 1, the Christmas Fair at George Square will commence, offering the people of Glasgow the chance to glide across the ice ink.

Skating sessions will also be offered for those with additional support needs, with a capacity of 100 and toned-down lighting and sound.

George Square’s events will include a big wheel with Venetian flying chairs. The site will also host an entertainment stage, Victorian carousel, Santa’s flying balloons, children’s Christmas train ride, a street food hub, festive-themed bar, Bavarian swing grill and a snow globe ideal for photo opportunities.

In keeping with tradition, a crib and 50ft Christmas tree will take pride of place in the centre of George Square.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Jacqueline McLaren, said: “There’s so much festive fun to look forward to in Glasgow this winter, with excitement building ahead of the return of the Christmas lights switch-on and the ever-popular Santa Dash.

The opening of the new Christmas Fairs in St Enoch Square and George Square promise a fantastic day or night of fun for everyone, as well as the chance to make magical memories with family and friends as we count down to Christmas.”

Marc Taylor, CEO of Scotland’s Theme Park, the company delivering the Christmas Fairs, said: “Glasgow is renowned for its Christmas magic and sparkle, attracting visitors from all over to experience the warmth and festivities the city has to offer.

“We are delighted to be delivering this year’s events at both Christmas Fair at St Enoch Square and Christmas Fair at George Square. Creating memorable family-friendly experiences is at the heart of what we do as a business and we are looking forward to a fabulous, inclusive community festival that Glasgow does best.”

The festive events will run until January 3.

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