The city of Glasgow will officially switch on their Christmas lights, on 16 November 2014, illuminating the city and marking the start of the city’s festive celebrations.
The festive season is a fantastic time to visit the city and there’s no better way to get around town and see all the landmarks than with Glasgow’s very own open-top bus tour. Your ticket is valid for one or two consecutive days on the distinctive red City Sightseeing buses and you can hop on and hop off as often as you like at any of the 28 stops on our tour route. The main George Square departure point means you’ll definitely get a good look at the amazing festive decorations and activities in the heart of the city.
Tour highlights include Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Science Centre, Merchant City, Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, plus many more. The hop-on-and-off nature of the tour means that you can stop at any time to grab lunch, explore the city on foot and even do some festive shopping!
The open-top bus will take you straight past St. Enoch’s Square, which is exactly where you want to stop for Glasgow’s very own Christmas Market. Opening on the 15th of November, the Christmas Market features a wide variety of fair trade goods like crafts, confectionary, clothing and even mulled wine! Walk through the bustling stalls and grab some goodies before hoping back on the city sightseeing bus.
Hop-off the bus in Merchant City and wander Glasgow’s own Italian Quarter for a selection of the finest Italian designers stores and the UK’s first Versace store with pavement cafes complementing the centre’s cool and contemporary theme. Stop into one of the many Merchant City’s bars and restaurants and visit the beautiful indoor courtyard at Merchant City Square.
Hop back on the City Sightseeing bus and head a bit further west to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, which houses one of Europe’s greatest art collections. Free-to-enter, Kelvingrove is situated on the edge of Kelvingrove Park, in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.
Need more reason to visit Glasgow around Christmas? How about the Style Mile Christmas Carnival on the 23rd of November with a festival carnival parade through the city centre. Don’t miss the rare spectacle of hundreds of Santa’s running through the streets of Glasgow with the Santa’s Dash on 7th December for some great photo opportunities.
Scotland’s largest outdoor ice rink will pop back up at George Square on 27th November and will stay open until 31 December, giving you the opportunity to skate under the stars and in the heart of the city centre! A ticket to the ice rink also includes funfair rides access (including the Big Wheel!) and free activities for children and families so you know everyone is sure to have a great day out!
Open Top bus tours of Glasgow are available all year round, including the festive season. Book your 1 or 2 day open top bus tour ticket online in advance at West Coast Tours
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