Hogmanay in Glasgow highlights
- Lauren Mayberry
- 19 December 2011
New Year's Eve in Glasgow, including clubs, Bugsy Malone and curling
Don’t cry your way through Auld Lang Syne just because Glasgow’s usual outdoor events aren’t on this year. There is still hope for a fun-filled, family New Year. Take your pick of the city’s highlights
Gone is the street party but in its place, there are family-friendly daytime events at George Square (31 Dec, George Square, 12pm, free). The ice rink will host the first Hogmanay Bonspiel Cup, where you can watch a curling competition or try it out for yourself. The square will also have food, drink, children’s activities and trad tunes until 10pm.
The Irn Bru Carnival (31 Dec, SECC, times vary, £12) is a Glasgow tradition, open until 9pm on New Year’s eve and starting again at noon on 1 Jan. Just enough time to sleep off the worst of the hangover, no? Rides ranges from gentle dodgems and wee-one-friendly rides, to most stomach churning numbers for the braver ones amongst us. Tip: watch out for kids hocked up on sugar/gaggles of tracksuited teens.
For an amusing start to 2012, you could try The Stand’s Hogmanay Hootfest (27-31 Dec, 9pm, £12-£22.50) featuring Gavin Webster, Sandy Nelson, Dana Alexander and Billy Kirkwood. And for something wholesome prior to your evening plans, the GFT are screening Bugsy Malone as part of their Take 2 matinee shows (31 Dec, 11.30am, £4).
If traditional music is your thing, the City Halls is hosting the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala (31 Dec, 7.30pm, £24-£36). Scottish favourites will be played alongside the likes of Rossini, Bizet and Debussy, all presented by Jamie MacDougall. Or if you fancy hitting up Optimo, Numbers x Vitamins at Stereo or another such club for something more electronic, check out our round-up of the best New Year’s clubs.