Many tourists think that the best Christmas markets in Europe are held in Austria and Germany. These markets are indeed beautiful, but they are not the only ones worthy of your attention. The United Kingdom hosts great Christmas markets, too. If you want to experience Christmas in Scotland, you absolutely should attend the Glasgow Christmas market in St. Enoch Square with its festive atmosphere, unique holiday spirit, an impressive choice of hand crafted gifts, delicious treats, and numerous attractions for people of all ages.
St. Enoch Square is situated at the bottom end of Buchanan Street, one of the main shopping streets in Glasgow known for its upmarket range of stores. It’s basically Glasgow’s Oxford Street. The Christmas market on St. Enoch Square is made up of about 50 rustic cabins and colorful stalls with gifts and souvenirs from all over the world.
While many Christmas markets focus on national crafts, the Glasgow Christmas Market features traditional Christmas products from Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Russia, Ecuador, and many other countries. Of course, the market also features items made by Scottish craftsmen. Here you can buy Christmas decorations, tin and lace toys, scarves and harts, bags and jewelry, candles, and more.
Of course, a Christmas market can’t do without traditional treats. The Glasgow Christmas Market is a paradise for foodies! Foods stalls offer German sausages, Scottish delicacies, Christmas sweets such as candies and roasted almonds. A glass of spicy mulled wine or scotch will cheer you up and keep you warm. As for entertainment, there are live performances, a large Ferris wheel, a traditional merry-go-round for kids, and a lot of festive surprises.
The market is open all week, but it closes earlier on Sundays. One more Christmas market is held in George Square, surrounded by prominent historical buildings.