The cold wind’s a-blowing, and the streets are getting dark* – there’s so much going on, that I don’t know where to start! With the neon lights glowing in George Square, it’s officially Christmas in Glasgow and there are lots of events planned to get us in the mood this season. I’ve picked out some of the city’s finest festive happenings and and rounded them up, so let’s hop to it…
There’s never been a better time to shop small, and this Christmas there are some awesome ways to discover independent businesses in the city. In Princes Square, Wear Eponymous are showcasing fabulous UK talent with fashion, accessories and lifestyle products to browse and buy. Scarves from Helen Ruth, stationery by Think Traingle and headpieces by Maggie Mowbray Millinery are a few of my top picks from the range of designers stocked.
Over the next month, there’s also a great selection of pop-up markets to explore. On Sunday, you can find over 60 creatives at the Glasgow Etsy Made Local event at the Briggait, including the likes of Claire Barclay Draws, Bonnie Bling, Neil Slorance and Laura Spring. Expect jewellery, homewares, art and more. Perfect if you’re looking for some gift inspiration!
Tea Green will return to Glasgow three times over the next month to bring their line-up of sellers to both the city centre and West End. As well as being able to buy handmade pieces at Tea Green’s markets, customers will also be able to meet the designers themselves. You can find out more about Tea Green’s programme of Christmas events here.
The weekend before Christmas can sometimes feel like a mad dash, and the idea of hitting the high street on those last few days makes me feel exhausted before I even leave the house! Luckily, Adventures In Vintage has planned their inaugural event on Saturday 20th December in the heart of the city, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle at Trades Hall. Selling vintage, antiques and hand crafted goods, those last-minute present panics will melt away. I’m personally looking forward to cute accessories from Doris Does Doodles and sipping something hot at Tea Jenny’s vintage tearoom. A little turtle dove told me there might even be an appearance from Santa himself (but you didn’t hear it from me, OK?).
Got somewhere fabulous to be over the next few weeks? Want to look your best? I hear ya, sister! Glasgow’s very own Sara Hill has launched her pop-up shop and Glitter Bar (!!) in the West End at Salon 659 and it will be running until Christmas. As well as stocking her range of coveted make-up products, the pop-up will also offer rare appointments with the lady herself! I went along to the launch over the weekend and was treated to a super glam look using some of Sara’s exciting new range of glitter. A sure-fire way to sparkle this season!
Now that our faces are sorted, let’s talk killer ‘do’s! When it comes to party hair, making up your mind is a LOT easier said than done! The babes at #BLOW salon have been bringing their own brand of sassy style to Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre, making sure no-one feels anything less than 100% bombshell over the holidays. And, with an express menu of fashion-inspired styles to choose from, finding your ideal look has never been easier. You can even tick a few presents off your list while you’re there, as the pop-up also stocks gorgeous goodies from Bed Head and GHD.
Fancy getting creative with your seasonal décor this year? Lorraine Wood Flowers has you covered with her programme of festive wreath workshops. Running every Saturday at Lorraine’s studio in Linwood, you can get in the Christmas spirit and have something pretty to decorate your home with afterwards. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get involved as the workshops welcome people of all abilities to come and take part.
It’s Panto Season
..Oh yes, it is (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Pantomimes are pretty much tradition in Glasgow, and a great way to get the whole family together for an afternoon (or evening) of entertainment. This year, I’m looking forward to seeing Gregor Fisher star in Snow White (though not AS Snow White, I should point out!) at the King’s Theatre in the city centre. Based on one of my favourite fairy tales (and Disney characters!), I can’t wait to see this Glaswegian take on the classic story. See you in the stalls!
These are just a few of the amazing events this Christmas in Glasgow. Which ones will you be popping in your diary?
With love, laughs and lots of local legends,
* – PS: if you recognise this reference, we can officially be friends!