Christmas in Glasgow

Every year, Glasgow hosts an array of festive themed activities for the whole family.  The City is completely transformed and an explosion of decorations and lights adorn the streets from late November onwards.  The Christmas activities in Glasgow attract many people from around the UK and these events are all listed on our City’s dedicated Christmas website – Glasgow Loves Christmas.  From the Christmas Markets at St Enoch/George Square to the Style Mile Carnival on Buchanan Street, you are guaranteed to find something that’ll get you into the Christmas spirit.  Christmas in Glasgow really is a special occasion and you can be guaranteed to find many events suitable for you and the whole family!

Christmas Markets – November 9th

The festive season countdown isn’t complete without a visit to the traditional Christmas markets.  The Christmas Markets are held at George/St Enoch Square and offer a wide selection of festive gifts and delicious street food from individual vendors.  A welcoming bar is available for customers to use and offers both food and beverages for all to enjoy.

Christmas Light Switch On – November 18th

Every year, George Square in Glasgow City Centre lights up around mid-November in preparation for the festivities leading up to December 25th.  For many locals, this is when Christmas truly begins and attending the event is often viewed as an annual family tradition.  With over 14,000 tickets issued in a ballot system for the event, it really does bring crowds of Glaswegians to the area to witness the ‘Switch On’.

Style Mile Carnival – November 25th

The Style Mile Carnival brings music, dance and spectacle to the heart of Glasgow.  ‘Festive Fairy Tale’ is the theme this year and we can’t wait to see what the Carnival has in store.  Expect some thrilling costumes and extravagant festive performances.  The Carnival will leave from St Enoch Square and will parade around the City finishing up at the George Square Christmas Markets.

Blessing of the Crib – December 5th

The traditional ‘Blessing of the Crib’ takes place in George Square beneath the Christmas Lights to a chorus of singers.  The event is free and is a beautiful event to attend with the family.  Starting at 6:30pm, you will be able to visit the Christmas Markets before and experience the Blessing afterwards.

Santa Dash – December 9th

Over 8,000 Santas took part in the 5k race last year to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity.  The race leads through the main streets of Glasgow and participants are encouraged to dress as Santa to take part.  Again, much like all of the other festive activities, the event will both start and end at George Square.

Pantomime Season – December 2018

Attending a Christmas pantomime in Glasgow has been a long tradition developed through many generations.  For many families, it is considered to be an annual family event where traditional fairy tales such as Aladdin and Cinderella are performed with a Christmas twist to spread the festive cheer.  The Kings Theatre, Pavilion and Armadillo are the three biggest venues hosting Christmas pantomimes each year.

If you are visiting the City over the festive period, then contact us directly to avail our Christmas Stay discount. Please contact us using the below details:

Glasgow City Flats
Tel: 0141 2263534

Frequently Asked Questions

Guests often have many questions when choosing a Serviced Apartment for their visit to the City.  This article should hopefully encapsulate all of the most common questions and allow you to make a more informed choice when deciding on accommodation in Glasgow, and in particular, with Glasgow City Flats.  If you have any further questions, please contact us directly using the details at the bottom of this page.  We hope you have an enjoyable stay in bonnie Glasgow.

 1) Can I arrange for a late check-out?

Yes! Our normal check-out time is 10:30am however, if you wish to take the morning easy and check-out at 12pm, we can arrange this for an additional cost of £20. Please let us know as early as possible though so that we can inform the cleaners of your requirements and arrange for them to come to your apartment a little later.

2) Is there any place that I can leave my luggage if required?

Guests are welcome to leave luggage at our office during opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) if they arrive before normal check-in or if they have a later flight or train. Please contact our office for more information and to arrange this.

3) I’m arriving out of office hours – how do I arrange to collect my keys?

It is important that you communicate your arrival times with us as soon as possible. A representative will meet you at the apartment entrance at a pre-arranged time.  Normal check-in is between 2:30pm and 8pm and any check-ins after this time incur a late check-in fee of £20 (for arrivals between 8pm and 10pm) and £30 (between 10pm and midnight).

4) Do the apartments come with parking facilities?

Most of our apartments come with one private car parking space which you can add to your booking for an additional cost of £7 per night. Upon arrival we will show you exactly where the car parking space is and how to access the car park.  If your apartment does not come with a private parking space, we can provide you with discounted parking vouchers for a nearby multi-storey car park for you to use for the duration of your stay.

5) Can I smoke inside the apartment?

You are NOT allowed to smoke inside any of our apartments or buildings. If guests are found to be smoking inside the apartment, a cleaning fee of £100 will be applied to your reservation and you will be asked to vacate.

6) Are pets permitted inside the apartments?

We do NOT allow pets inside any of our apartments.

7) Do you accommodate Hen/Stag parties?

We do NOT accommodate or allow any hen/stag parties or events of any nature inside our apartments.

8) Do we have to pay for gas/electricity/utilities/Wi-Fi?

No! All of these costs are included within the price of the rental.  All that we ask is that guests are conservative in the use of electricity inside the apartment and that all lights and heating are turned off when not in use.  Wi-Fi is also included within the cost of the rental and connection details are found inside the apartment.

9) How often will my apartment be serviced by your cleaners?

We provide a weekly cleaning service to guests who are staying for a period of longer than 8 nights. Included in the weekly cleaning service is a light clean of the apartment, replenishment of small toiletries and a change of bed linen and towels.  Please contact us in advance if you have any access restrictions.

10) Can you clarify the sizes of UK beds?

Beds in the UK are sized differently to those in various other locations around the world. Our standard UK bed sizes are as follows:

  • UK Single Bed – 90cm wide x 190cm long
  • UK Double Bed – 137cm wide x 190cm long
  • UK King Bed – 150cm wide x 195cm long
  • UK SuperKing Bed – 180cm wide 195cm long

11) Are there any recommended restaurants nearby to the apartments?

Although all of our apartments are located in different residential buildings around the City Centre, they are all exceptionally close to a plethora of amazing restaurants. No matter where you are in the City Centre, you are just a short walk away from an amazing eating experience.  From Italian (La Vita) to Mexican (Topolabamba) to Chinese (Lychee), Glasgow offers an international variety, suitable for everyone’s taste.

12) Where can I try Haggis in Glasgow?

Café Gandolfi is known for its first class Scottish cuisine and Haggis is a signature dish on the Classic’s Menu.  Set amongst the elegant streets and stylish buildings of the Merchant City, Café Gandolfi is definitely worth a visit for those wishing to taste the infamous Scottish dish in the heart of the City.

13) Can I travel to Edinburgh easily from the apartments?

All of our apartments are located within walking distance to public transport options which can connect you to the Capital in as little as 40 minutes. From Queen Street Station, there are trains to Edinburgh every 15 minutes.  Alternatively, you can take a bus from Buchanan Bus Station which will take you to the Capital in around 1 hour.

14) How far is the airport from the City Centre?

Glasgow International Airport is around a 20 minute drive away from the City Centre however, we often advise guests arriving on international flights that it will take around 1.5 hours to deplane, clear customs, collect luggage and wait on a taxi to the City Centre.

15) Can you recommend tour operators for us to see some more of the City?

We offer a 10% discount on all Rabbie’s Tours departing from Glasgow to our in house guests. This is an incredible chance to see the best that Scotland has to offer and each trip comes with a driver-guide who knows the stories, sights and secrets of the area you’re visiting.  Contact us for more information on how to avail the above discount.

16) Will we be located close to the shopping district in Glasgow?

Buchanan Street (Glasgow’s Style Mile) is located in the middle of Glasgow City Centre and offers a paradise to shopaholics catering for all tastes and budgets. Here you will find leading individual stores as well as shopping centres and premier department stores such as Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Quarter, Princes Square and many more.  All of our apartments are located within walking distance of this district.

17) Do you offer a discount for returning guests?

Yes! If you are a returning customer, please email us to to let us know of your requirements and we will provide you with the best available rate for your upcoming stay.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Glasgow City Flats
Tel: 0141 226 3534

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