Able Magazine were delighted to attend the Glasgow Christmas Light Switch on!

Glasgow’s Christmas Lights were switched on in George Square on Sunday (19 November) with 16,000 ticket holders witnessing the start of the festive celebrations. The hugely popular event was oversubscribed nearly 20 times over making this event the hottest ticket in town on Sunday evening.

The lights were switched on by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Eva Bolander, and the entertainment was provided by Radio Clyde. The event concluded with a spectacular display of fireworks being set off from the roof of the City Chambers.

The lights will be on in George Square until early in the New Year. A traditional Christmas Market will be open in George Square on November 25 and another market has already opened in St Enoch Square.

The Style Mile Carnival returns to Glasgow on November 26, Baby’s First Christmas is on December 2 and registration opens on November 1. The Blessing of the Crib takes place on December 6 and the Santa Dash is on December 10.

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Eva Bolander said: “George Square at Christmas is a magical place and forms part of the annual festive celebrations for many families. This year, more people applied for tickets to see the lights switched on than ever before, so I hope everyone who has been lucky enough to receive them will come along and have a brilliant time.”


In total 317,184 tickets were requested via the ballot, up more than 16% on the number requested in 2016 (272,830). The number of tickets requested is the equivalent of over half the population of Glasgow and would fill Hampden more than 6 times.