Glasgow Loves Christmas @ George Square Market 2022

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Every year there are various Christmas events in Glasgow hosted by Glasgow loves Christmas. Things such as Christmas markets, ice rinks, festivals and music events.

This year the George Square Christmas market and the ice rink are open again after being closed for years. Read on to discover all the details about the event, including opening times, food, drinks, stalls and other features.

Image Credit: Samantha McBride

Opening times

The market and ice rink opened on 1 December and will close on 8 January.

Monday to Friday – 10.00 am-10.00 pm

However, the exceptions are Thursday, 1 December (noon-10.00pm); and Monday, 26 December (noon-10.00pm).

Saturdays and Sundays – 10.00 am-10.00 pm

However, the xceptions are Saturday, 24 December (10.00 am-8.00 pm); Sunday, 25 December (CLOSED); Saturday, December 31 (10.00 am-8.00 pm); and Sunday, 1 January 2023 (CLOSED).

Moreover, the last session of skating is an hour before closing time.

Food and drinks

There are many stalls for food and drinks. These include snacks and meals, and drinks can be alcoholic or normal.

A list of foods at the market can be seen below:

  • hot dogs
  • loaded fries
  • burgers
  • mac and cheese
  • churros
  • crepes
  • hot drink
  • bar and seating area
  • Indian food
  • salt and chilli
  • cakes
  • sweets – pick ‘n’ mix
  • fudge

Shopping stalls

Many shopping stalls sell various goods, such as Christmas items and other gift-like items.

So, a non-exhaustive list can be seen below:

  • clothes
  • Scottish and Glasgow items
  • soaps
  • candles
  • baubles
  • trinkets
  • jewellery

Other features

Beautiful lights and displays are all around. There is a nativity scene, a Santa’s sleigh, and sparkly reindeer in front of a large lit-up Christmas tree.

The stunning views of Glasgow can be seen from 100ft above on a large Ferris wheel. A traditional Victorian carousel, helter-skelter and flyer chairs are all fun activities you can go on at this event.

Additionally, there is a stage where singers, dancers and surprise guests perform for the crowd. There are many photo opportunities there, including a Santa snow globe, Santa’s flying balloons and a festive train ride.

Also, there are many carnival-like games where you can win items

There is also a chill-out calm zone for visitors with sensory issues.

Ice Rink

Image Credit: Michel Curi

You buy the ticket online at least two hours before the selected session, which costs approximately £13. So, your tickets will be available on your phone as an e ticket. You can also buy tickets in person at the Box Office at the event (subject to availability).

The session starts on the hour and is approximately 45 minutes long. Moreover, the ice skate rental is covered by your ticket purchase. For younger skaters, skating aids are available for £5.

Finally, ASN Sessions are available on Sunday, 4, 11 & 18 December at 10 am. So the Ice Rink will be working to reduce capacity with quieter music for a more comfortable skating experience.

Final thoughts

This market is the bigger and better market in Glasgow (compared to St. Enochs). However, it is very busy. I recommend this market as the vibes are very Christmassy and there is a lot you can do and buy. Whether you go with family or friends it will be a good day/night out.

You can buy tickets for the ice rink here. Attending the market is free so you can go anytime without having to book in advance.

Featured Image Credit: Samantha McBride

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