Hogmanay 2008 - Glasgow Highlights

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  • 11 December 2008

If the live gigs from Idlewild, Bleachie and Paolo Nutini don’t grab you, we’ve got some other suggestions for how to get your Hogmanay kicks around town.

Glasgow racks up its cool points (and not just the temperature ones) with Glasgow On Ice in George Square. Don your newly acquired knitted garments from granny and head out to the ice rink to burn off any Christmas pudding bulge. Tickets cost £5-£6 and remember to head along the night afore the night afore though, as it’s closed on new year’s eve and new year’s day.

Or, if all those double toe loops and axel jumps sound a little too Torvill and Dean, why not relax with some retail therapy at the Continental Festive Market in George Square where mulled wine, German sausage and gingerbread are all on offer, and face painting and ice sculptures can also be found.

If the weans are driving you round the bend with their non-stop Wii playing and you fear for their grip on reality, why not take yourself and them for some true loop-the-loop gut-churning fun at the Irn Bru Carnival. Running from Friday 19 December – Sunday 11 January, Europe’s biggest indoor funfair returns once again to the SECC. This year’s carnival will include more than 60 rides and stalls, suitable for kids (and adults) of all ages. It stays open until 9pm on the night afore, and, as if you’ve not got enough spinny-head to deal with on 1 January, the rides open again at noon.

On a more traditional musical note, there are concert performances of carols and seasonal classics at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Get your New Year off to an uplifting start with Handel’s Messiah, with the RSNO Chorus on Friday 2 January or indulge in a rousing burst of polkas and waltzes at the Viennese Gala on Saturday 3 January. See the Concert Hall website (details below) for more information and ticket prices.

For singing of a rather more sing-a-long style, and an indoor, warm-and-dry Hogmanay option, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the SECC has two shows on 31 December, at 2pm and 5pm. Altogether now: ‘I close my eyes…’

www.gccs.org.uk, www.winterfestglasgow.com, www.irn-bru-carnival.com, www.glasgowconcerthalls.com, www.secctickets.com

The IRN-BRU Carnival

Are you brave enough to take on the Airmaxx 360 and Sticky Wall at Europe's biggest indoor carnival? If you don't have the stomach for thrill rides there's also traditional family rides like dodgems, waltzers and a helter skelter, with an inflatable play area for the wee ones.

SEC, Glasgow

Thu 20 Dec

£13.50 / 0844 395 4000

  • 17:00

Fri 21 Dec

£13.50 / 0844 395 4000

  • 17:00

Sat 22 Dec

£13.50 / 0844 395 4000

  • 17:00
…and 22 more dates until 13 Jan 2019

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Various 'Any Dream Will Do' runners-up oil up their chests and hoik the coats of many colours out of the mothballs to belt out the Lloyd-Webber standards in rousing style.

Glasgow on Ice

A chance to perfect your pirouettes (or at least let go of the side) as George Square's open air ice rink returns for another year. There are funfair rides (including the return of the Big Wheel), warm drinks served in the double deck bar and free kids entertainment every weekend with Santa Storytelling, art workshops and…

RSNO: Messiah

Handel's masterpiece has remained one of the most enduringly popular choral works in the repertoire. The RSNO and RSNO Chorus' annual 2 January performance is this year conducted by Roy Goodman, featuring a top line-up of soloists.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Festive Concerts

Begin 2009 in 19th-century Austrian style with the RSNO's Viennese Gala. A collection of popular waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and arias, including the music of the 'Waltz King', Johann Strauss Junior. Austrian conductor David Danzmayr makes his season debut with the orchestra.

Glasgow Winterfest

From when the lights are switched on 16 Nov until the last memories of Christmas fade on 11 Jan the city is taken over with an ice rink, Santa Dash, concerts, the Irn Bru Carnival and, of course, the Hogmanay bash on Wed 31 Dec.

Strictly Strauss: Raymond Gubbay

Let the Johann Strauss Orchestra transport you back to the Viennese ballrooms of the 19th century with the music of the 'Waltz King', including 'The Radetzky March' and 'The Blue Danube', directed from his position as first violin by Daniel Rowland, in traditional classical fashion. With soprano Elena Xanthoudakis and the…

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