It’s officially time to dig the ole hat and scarf sets out! The temperature seems to be falling by the day, and we’ve already had a drop of snow here in Glasgow. The John Lewis advert has been released and Starbucks have unveiled this year’s eagerly anticipated Red Cup… The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway.
December undoubtedly equals exam stress for many students, but if you fancy ditching the books for a few hours (or a few days - we’ve all been there), spending a little time at Glasgow’s Christmas Markets isn’t too shabby an idea.
St. Enoch’s Square is host to a variety of different stalls, selling Christmas trinkets, mac ‘n’ cheese and everything in between. This year, it’s running from the 10th of November until the 22nd of December, providing ample time to buy gifts early and become very well acquainted with a food stall of your choice – the Christmas weight won’t pile on itself, you know. If it takes more than food to sway you, pop into the German Glühwein-House: you’ll no doubt feel slightly merrier by the time you leave!
Sadly, the Christmas ice rink which usually occupies George Square during the festive period will not feature this year, due to wet weather in previous years. The decision was made to replace it with yet another Christmas Market, which made its debut on Saturday 26th November. It’s larger than the one at St. Enoch Square, again full of food stalls and candle stands.
If it’s a change of scenery you’re in search of, Edinburgh has you covered. Its European Christmas Market started on 19th November, and is situated at East Princes St. Gardens. What better view to enjoy than that of Edinburgh Castle while indulging in crêpes and churros?
A separate Scottish Market has also been in operation from 26th November, which you’ll find on West George St. Unlike Glasgow’s, Edinburgh’s ice rink is operating this year; all the more reason to travel through. There really is no better time to visit Scotland’s capital - the return of its spectacular Street of Light makes it a must-see at Christmas.