Hogmanay in Glasgow highlights

New Year's Eve in Glasgow, including clubs, Bugsy Malone and curling


This article is from 2011.

Hogmanay in Glasgow highlights

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.

This article is from 2011.

Irn-Bru Carnival

Are you brave enough to take on the King Loops, Speed Buzz or Midnight Express Matterhorn at this 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 kids rides for the wee ones.

SECC, Glasgow

Wed 21 Dec

Times vary / £13 / 0141 248 3000

Thu 22 Dec

Times vary / £13 / 0141 248 3000

Fri 23 Dec

Times vary / £13 / 0141 248 3000

…and 22 more dates until 15 Jan 2017

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music and children’s activities.

Optimo Hogmanay

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes host their annual extravaganza.

Bugsy Malone

  • 4 stars
  • 1976
  • UK
  • 93 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Alan Parker
  • Written by: Alan Parker
  • Cast: Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster, John Cassisi, Martin Lev

Musical spoof of Prohibition-era gangster films, with an all-child cast. Family entertainment pure and simple, and a true original with it.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala

Gavin Mitchell presents the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with soprano Jeni Bern, tenor Nicky Spence and bagpiper Jonathan Graham in Arnold, Four Scottish Dances; Anderson, 'Bluebells of Scotland' from the Scottish Suite; Ravel, Bolero; Grieg, 'Morning' and 'In the hall of the Mountain King' from Peer Gynt; Rossini…

Numbers x Vitamins NYE

No guest DJs, no genres to push, just out and out party music. With residents from both clubs including Bake All Caps, Bamboo Palace, Bobby Cleaver, Goodhand, Nok La Rok, Ryan All Caps, Sam Vitamins, Shaun fae Solar and S-Type.


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