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Museums Christmas Fun at Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Museums has a sack-full of events and activities, certain to raise excitement levels higher than Rudolph flies on Christmas Eve! The great news is most are free and there is no need to book.

  1. Children on a Christmas fairground ride
    Enjoy all the fun of the Christmas Fair at Riverside Museum

    Roll up, roll up. We’re ready to sprinkle some festive fairy dust over Riverside’s iconic Edwardian street transforming it into a real bustling Christmas market. Crafts stalls will be brimming with unique, handcrafted and locally produced gifts, jewellery, decorations and food.

    Children can go arts and crafts crazy at the creative Wooden Trains, Toy Figures and Banners workshop, while outside they can whizz round on FREE fairground rides.

    Riverside Christmas Festival is on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, there will be a quiet hour on Sunday 3 December from 10 – 11am for families of children with autism, who can enjoy the fair in a quieter environment.

    Riverside Museum
  2. Children carol singing
    Ding dong merrily on high…

    In heav'n the bells are ringing. Ding dong verily the sky, is riv'n with angel singing. Nothing feels more like Christmas than listening to the angelic voices of school choirs singing traditional Christmas carols. Throughout the month of December there will be musical performances by different children’s choirs, filling Riverside with seasonal songs to lift the spirits.

    On Friday 15 December from 1.30pm to 2.30pm pupils will tie some tinsel to their tubas, trumpets and trombones and perform festive favourites to get your toes tapping as the countdown to Christmas really hots up.

    Riverside Museum
  3. candle lit garland on top of a fire place
    Let’s go label-tastic

    There is Judy Garland singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and then there are Christmas garlands.

    Join us at GoMA and create your own Eduardo Paolozzi inspired colourful garland to decorate your front door or front room this festive season. Seasonal Garlands Saturday 2 December 10.30-12.30pm suitable for 3-12 years.

    It’s all in the detail. Saturday Art Club at GoMA will help you design, print and paint unique and unusual labels to garnish your gorgeous gifts ready for Rudolph to deliver this Christmas. Ready for Xmas Saturday 16 December 10.30-12.30pm suitable for 3-12 years.

    Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
  4. Christmas baubles on top of sheets of music
    When the Red Red Robin comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along

    The little red breast bright against the white winter snow, robins in the garden makes everyone go aww… Search for the tiny bird best associated with Christmas at Kelvingrove, learn a little more about them and create your very own Robin Bobbin decoration. Robin Bobbin Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 1.30-4pm Family 5+

    Or join us the following weekend and make any Christmas tree ornament that takes your festive fancy. Make a Christmas Decoration Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 1.30-4pm Family 5+

    And whether it’s Away in a Manager, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas or Wham’s Last Christmas we all have a yule-tide favourite. Come and sing-along, stomp, sway or simply listen and enjoy music to make you merry – and forget how much there is still to do! Christmas Music at Kelvingrove Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December 1.30-4pm Family 5+

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  5. Christmas stockings hung at the fireplace
    Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?

    Did last year’s stocking give way under the weight of all the wonderful presents Santa left for you? Need a new one to hang on the mantelpiece this Christmas Eve? We can help.

    Pull on your Christmas pullover and head to the People’s Palace for a festive, fun-filled workshop making baubles for the tree and stockings for the fireplace. Step into Christmas Saturday 2, 9, 16 December 1.30-4pm Family 5+

    People's Palace
  6. Homemade Angel
    Angels and Tin Craft Decorations at St Mungo Museum

    For many the angel Gabrielle’s visit is the start of the true story of Christmas and is why some people adorn the top of their tree with an angel or star.

    At St Mungo Museum get crafty discovering how to create some beautiful and unusual angels using tin making techniques and recycled materials. Angels and Tin Craft Decorations Saturday 2 December 1.30-4pm Family 5+

    St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
  7. The twelve days of Christmas
    ……and a partridge in a pear tree

    Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas by joining us on a family tour or our amazing collections with a seasonal twist. Discover French hens and turtle doves and all the characters from this well-loved Christmas carol, but watch out for those lords-a-leaping. The Twelve Days of Christmas Tour at GMRC Sat 9, 16 and 23 and Sun 10 and 17 11.30-12.30pm Family 5+.

    The Christmas fun continues at GMRC with Christmas Kites Saturday 2 December, Festive Lanterns Saturday 9 December, Table Top Toys Saturday 16 December and Christmas Cards Saturday 23 December, all 1.30-4pm Family 5+. All activities and tours at GMRC MUST be pre-booked.

    Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
Glasgow Museums Christmas programme is there to add a little fun to this festive season and keep the last-minute frenzy to a minimum, come and join us.