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    Find out what's on in Glasgow throughout December 2019

    December is always a very busy time in Glasgow. While everyone is getting ready for Christmas, the calendar is completely chock full of events. There’s a Christmas themed event happening pretty much every day of the week, while cinemas are showcasing festive favourites.

    That doesn’t mean venues like the Hydro and o2 Academy are quiet by any means. We looked at the calendar and every single day until Christmas sees venues across the city having gigs on the go. If you’re coming to town for a little bit of Christmas shopping, or are just giving yourself a little break before all the madness that comes with Christmas in your neck of the woods, you’ll want to know what’s going on in Glasgow this December. 

    That’s why we compiled our pick of the best things happening in the city this month. From orchestras backing Christmas classics to 2 local boys coming home for headlining shows, it’s going to be quite a festive month indeed. 

    Top events in Glasgow in December 2019: 

    • Christmas Markets around town – All Month
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas Live at SSE Hydro – 2nd December
    • IDLES at the Barrowlands – 2nd & 3rd December
    • Love Actually with Live Orchestra at Theatre Royal – 3rd December
    • Magic of Motown at SEC Armadillo – 5th December
    • We Are Scientists at SWG3 – 5th December
    • Jools Holland at SEC Armadillo – 6th & 7th December
    • Lewis Capaldi at o2 Academy – 7th & 8th December
    • The Libertines at the Barrowlands – 7th & 8th December
    • Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics 2019 at SSE Hydro – 7th & 8th December
    • We Will Rock You at Theatre Royal – 9th to 28th December
    • All Saints at o2 Academy – 10th December
    • Jim Jeffries at SSE Hydro – 12th December
    • Alabama 3 at the Barrowlands – 14th December
    • The Darkness at o2 Academy – 15th December
    • Texas at SWG3 – 15th December
    • Primal Scream at the Barrowlands – 17th December
    • BAAD Christmas Cinema Club – 17th & 23rd December
    • Now! That’s What I Call Christmas at Royal Concert Hall – 20th December
    • Gerry Cinnamon at SSE Hydro – 20th & 21st December
    • Aslan at Oran Mór – 22nd December

    More information on some of the events in Glasgow in December: 

    Glasgow Christmas Markets

    • Date: All month
    • Venue: George’s Square and St. Enoch’s Square 

    The only time it’s acceptable in town to eat German sausage and go ice skating, we have two Xmas markets in the city centre leading up to Christmas. 

    St Enoch Square Christmas Market runs until the 23rd and is ideal if you’re a bit of a hoodie who would love nothing more than a crepe and mulled cider in a big tent. It opens until 10 pm every night.

    George Square Christmas Market is the bigger market ideal for families coming into town for the day. It has the biggest Christmas tree in town, the vintage Helter Skelter slide, ice rink and the chance to meet Santa. 

    All the essential information is available on the Glasgow Loves Christmas website.

    The Nightmare Before Christmas Live

    • Date: 2nd December
    • Venue: SSE Hydro 

    What’s this? What’s this?! A full orchestra is performing Danny Elfman’s unique score to an arena full of Nightmare Before Christmas fans. If it sells out, it’s going to be one of the biggest screenings for a film the city has ever seen.


    • Date: 2nd & 3rd December
    • Venue: Barrowlands Ballroom

    The winter months are usually when things ramp up in the Barras with gigs galore in the ballroom. IDLES are bringing their brand of punk music for two nights of what is guaranteed to be some of the sweatiest gigs you’ll ever be a part of.

    Love Actually with Live Orchestra


    • Date: 3rd December
    • Venue: Theatre Royal

    Another night. Another orchestra is performing along to a Christmas movie. While it will be fun watching Love Actually with a big audience, it’s hard to imagine how many memorable musical moments the movie has.

    Magic of Motown

    • Date: 5th December
    • Venue: SEC Armadillo

    Plenty of grooving and shaking on a Thursday night down by the Clyde. Expect all the Motown classics and then some from a full live band with a rotating cast of singers. 

    We Are Scientists

    • Date: 5th December
    • Venue: SWG3 

    What would a Thursday night in Glasgow be without some very trendy indie band performing? We Are Scientists are back for what promises to be another fantastic show with plenty of banter between songs. 

    Jools Holland

    • Date:  6th & 7th December
    • Venue: SEC Armadillo 

    Who needs to watch Hootenanny when Jools Holland is bringing the whole band to town for two back to back shows? Expect a lot of blues and jazz piano with plenty of lively numbers.

    Lewis Capaldi

    • Date: 7th & 8th December
    • Venue: o2 Academy

    The first of two local boys coming home for sell-out shows, Lewis Capaldi’s homecoming shows will be nothing short of a celebration for the massive success of his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

    We expect the show to be nothing but one massive singalong.

    The Libertines

    • Date: 7th & 8th December
    • Venue: Barrowlands Ballroom

    The indie legends are playing two nights in The Barras in the lead up to Christmas. Does it get any better than that for music fans? 

    Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics 2019

    • Date: 7th & 8th December
    • Venue: SSE Hydro 

    Everyone was surprised last year at how popular this live show was, so it’s only fitting that legendary DJ Pete Tong takes over the Hydro for a two-night residency with a full orchestra to perform more Ibiza classics. Expect a little slice of Ibiza to hit Glasgow on a cold December night. 

    We Will Rock You

    • Date: 9th to 28th December
    • Venue: Theatre Royal

    The popularity of Bohemian Rhapsody at the movies has seen the Queen based musical get a new lease of life, and this residency for most of the month at Theatre Royal is a sign of how popular the band’s music has become for a new generation of fans.

    All Saints

    • Date: 10th December
    • Venue: o2 Academy 

    Live like it’s 1999 all over again with a slice of pop from All Saints. We expect nothing but the hits and will be wearing baggy camo trousers in preparation. 

    Jim Jeffries

    • Date: 12th December
    • Venue: SSE Hydro 

    What would a night out to Jim Jeffries be without some controversial opinions, outlandish stories and jokes you wouldn’t hear anyone else attempting? Well, he’s back in town for another show that will no doubt be a sell-out. 

    The Darkness

    • Date: 15th December
    • Venue: o2 Academy

    While all the shops and every radio station will be blaring out Christmas classics, you get the chance to hear Don’t Let The Bells End live in the Barras as The Darkness play at an apt time of year for Christmas anthems. 


    • Date: 15th December
    • Venue: SWG3 

    Here’s a fun, if somewhat scary fact, Texas’ first single I Don’t Want A Lover came out 30 years ago. And while they’ve toured all over the world ever since, an intimate gig not too far from their old stomping grounds of Bearsden is going to be a lot of fun.

    Primal Scream

    • Date: 17th December
    • Venue: Barrowlands Ballroom

    Another Glasgow act with a little homecoming gig just before Christmas, expect nothing but anthems as Primal Scream give their all on the last night of their UK tour. 

    BAAD Christmas Cinema Club

    • Date: 17th & 23rd December
    • Venue: BAAD Glasgow 

    What would Christmas be without getting to watch It’s a Wonderful Life in the middle of the Barras? BAAD is bringing back their Christmas Cinema Club again this year showing the Christmas classic as well as Elf. Every ticket comes with mulled wine and mince pie included. You can get more info on their website here.

    Now! That’s What I Call Christmas

    • Date: 20th December
    • Venue:  Royal Concert Hall

    Are you one of those people who go mad for Christmas songs right up until Christmas Day? Then a night out belting your heart out in one big karaoke session to all the Xmas anthems you can think of has to be a great night out. 

    Gerry Cinnamon


    • Date: 20th &21st December
    • Venue: SSE Hydro 

    Like Santa coming on Xmas Eve, one of the biggest acts to come out of Glasgow in a long time is performing the two biggest shows of his career. The meteoric rise of Gerry Cinnamon is unprecedented, and we know that 14,000+ singing along to Belter and Canter is going to be something else. 

    Where to stay in Glasgow in December? 

    Whether you’re here for a present fuelled shopping spree, coming to any of the amazing events taking place or think you deserve a special city break, there’s no better place to stay than Fraser Suites Glasgow.

    With our ideal location in the heart of the city’s trendy Merchant City, and direct transport to all over the city just down the street, you’ll have the perfect Glasgow hub when you stay in our of our rooms.  

    Our serviced studio apartments were made for guests who need somewhere special for a weekend trip in Glasgow with integrated living, dining, kitchen and bedroom areas. You’ll be living like a local in no time at all. 

    If you are planning a visit in December, especially around New Year’s, make sure you check out the latest offers we have available.  Booking in advance and directly on-site will see you get a better deal on an incredible suite.