Hogmanay in Glasgow highlights

Hogmanay in Glasgow highlights

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.

Bugsy Malone

  • 4 stars
  • 1976
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 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.

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 with 12th Isle DJs, General Ludd and Laps.

The IRN-BRU Carnival

Are you brave enough to take on the Speed Buzz, Midnight Express Matterhorn, Experience Miami 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 an inflatable play area for the wee ones.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform a concert of favorites with works by Mozart, Brahms and Verdi as well as Loch Lomond, Auld Lang Syne, Amazing Grace, Scotland the Brave and Highland Cathedral.

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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