Christmas Markets!

Super Special Shopping!

“It’s the most, wonderful time of the year”…everyone, sing along! Okay, you don’t have to join the choir but you’ll definitely want to get involved with our top tip for festive shopping in Glasgow. It’s the time of year when the city streets will be lit up by thousands of twinkling lights – set off nicely with a chill in the air as the cold weather arrives – and we can already see ourselves brewing up a fine pot of mulled wine of an evening. We do love a good Christmas, and who can blame us? Glasgow does the festive season like no other place, coming alive with events, music concerts and a general sense of good cheer amongst locals. The cherry on the (Christmas) cake is always the arrival of the European markets, which rolled into town on November 17th and prompted city-dwellers to start the official count down to Santa-day.

A trip to the markets comes highly recommend, as year on year they seem to charm and delight with the weird and wonderful delicacies on offer, as well as beautiful handmade goods. Keep reading to see our top tips for making the most of an afternoon out during market-time and be sure to book the Kelvingrove Hotel to get a great value deal, free breakfast and super-comfy room, all within a twenty-minute walk away from the heart of the action.

Get Giddy with Gluwhein

Just a glass… or two, or three! This traditional, mulled German wine is made fresh throughout the day and warms you up a treat. It’s not for the faint-hearted if you’re planning on more than just the one, so make sure the credit card is out of sight if you hit the shops after your tipple!

Have a Spin

Not just for kids, the traditional Helter-Skelter is for grown-ups too! Shimmy down into your sack and feel the rush as you glide your way back down to earth. Take in the city views from the top and have a giggle as you hurtle earthwards.

Continental Dining

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know by now that our favourite subject is food! Try hot, salty potatoes with bacon, homemade goulash, veggie curries, elegant French crepes or, if you’re feeling adventurous, even an ostrich burger. There’s something for everyone and a mid-day treat of something exotic is a must-do when visiting the markets. Forks at the ready!

Fill Up on Stocking Fillers

Big presents all done and dusted and looking for that something special to pop in a stocking for Christmas morning? The European markets are a one-stop-shop for all things handmade, quirky and lovingly crafted. You’ll find a great selection of jewelry, ornaments, traditional toys and engraved items on offer, perfect for those difficult-to-buy-for relatives.


There’s nothing like a trip to Glasgow’s Christmas markets to really kick start the festive season so, book your room with at the Kelvingrove Hotel today, relax, and enjoy.