Glasgow is festival city in more ways than one

Glasgow is festival city in more ways than one

Great nightlife, wonderful history, exciting restaurants – there are plenty of reasons to visit Glasgow.

Not least is the year-round program of events and festivals which the city organises.

Not for nothing was the city was named Europe’s Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019 at the World Travel Awards.

Should you need any further excuse to visit, here are some of the more exciting events taking place over the next couple of months.

Glasgow loves Christmas

The Style Mile Christmas Carnival is on Sunday 24th November.

The Glasgow Loves Christmas festive celebrations will begin in earnest with the Christmas lights switch on at George Square at 6pm on Sunday 16th November.

And if you can’t wait that long, then the St Enoch Christmas Market will be up and running from Saturday November 9.

A couple of weeks later, the George Square Christmas Market will open on Sunday 24th November and the Style Mile Christmas Carnival (pictured) takes place on the same day.

If you need to shed a few pounds before the festive food onslaught, you could enrol for Glasgow’s Santa Dash on Sunday 8 December.

And let’s not forget Hogmanay.

Celtic Connections

Brightening up the early part of the year since 1994, Celtic Connections is Glasgow’s world-leading music festival.

Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and, importantly, its connections to cultures across the world. From 16 January – 2 February 2020​, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

Programmed by Donald Shaw, Artistic Director and also a founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, Celtic Connections features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows.

Springsteen at 70

We’ve already booked in for one of the two Bruce Springsteen at 70 tribute nights on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th January.

Paying tribute to the Boss, The Roaming Roots Revue will include beguiling Irish folk-pop songstress Lisa Hannigan, multi-award-winning US singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and folk-rock duo The Rails.  Musical direction and house-band backing comes from Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire.

And, of course, if you fancy an Eat Walk Glasgow tour in the afternoon before your gig then you can book in here.

We’ll take a peek at Glasgow’s other festivals in the new year.

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