Various venues, Glasgow and Edinburgh
It’s a sad and oft-remarked fact that the original meaning of Christmas is often eschewed in favour of rampant consumerism and institutionalised gluttony. We at The List feel it’s time to redress that balance this winter, revisiting the true festive spirit of community and fellowship – by taking to the dancefloor.
Glasgow’s LGBT Christmas clubbing calendar gets off to a stunning start with Death Disco’s XXXmas Party (Arches, Sat 15 Dec). Erol Alkan, South Central and Shit Disco DJs man the decks at the alternative night for gays, straights and not-sure-yets. Partygoers are cordially invited to come wrapped in tinsel and glitter and perhaps pick up a festive stocking filler or two.
Fast forward to the big day itself, and capital clubbers are urged to abandon their turkey leftovers and repeats of Only Fools and Horses in favour of the annual Taste: Escape Xmas Party (Cabaret Voltaire, Christmas Day), which features a programme of full-on upfront house from Fisher & Price and special guests. The following day, if you’re scunnered by the sales, pull on your best party frock and head down to Picardy Place for Camp as Christmas (GHQ, Boxing Day) for a night of merriment in the company of DJs Dale and Michelle.
This Hogmanay, the central belt’s clubbing queens are falling over themselves to claim the most vibrant bash of the year. As well as the annual free New Year events at Glasgow’s Polo Lounge and Edinburgh’s CC Blooms, the capital’s GHQ is also serving up a shiny, camp Hogmanay party with a free drink on entry and VIP passes so you can get back in if you pop out to the street party. At Liquid Room Luvely (pictured) takes a school disco theme, while, across town at Studio 24, Tackno: the Glitter Ball features kitsch classics from across the decades courtesy of Trendy Wendy and guests, with prizes for the best festive costume.