With only five weeks to Christmas, Glasgow is gearing up for another fun-filled, festive celebration for all the family. In line with our Autism Aware Glasgow project, we want to ensure all the family can experience and enjoy the Christmas period – and a lot of our project partners are getting involved!

St Enoch Centre
Once again, St Enoch centre will be hosting its quiet sessions for Santa’s Grotto. These sessions have been developed to provide a more relaxed and quieter environment with music volume dimmed throughout. More information can be found here. St Enoch Centre have their quiet room available throughout the year for those that require a break from the festive shopping and trained Autism Champions to assist you should you require it.

House of Fraser
This year, House of Fraser will also be hosting autism-friendly sessions for their Santa Stories. Suitable for children from three years+ you can enjoy a festive picnic, story time with Santa and a special gift bag during a meet and greet session. Running on Saturday’s throughout December you can find more information here. House of Fraser also has a quiet room available throughout the year.

Riverside Museum/St Mungo’s Museum
Glasgow Museums are once again getting involved with their autism-friendly early opening for the annual Riverside Christmas Fair and access to the quiet and safe space all day. They’ll also be running an autism-friendly family workshop on Sunday 16 December called Festive Decorations, More information can be found here. You’ll also be able to find their museum storyboards to help you prepare for your visit.

Glasgow Christmas Markets
Tuesday 4 December will be Glasgow’s autism-friendly day at both the George Square and St Enoch Christmas Markets. More information can be found at the Glasgow Loves Christmas Facebook page. There will be a quiet space at the George Square market throughout the market duration. This will be a warm and dry area with calm lighting and comfortable seating, situated at the Management Office.

In addition, why not stop into Malone’s Bar and Restaurant for a bite to eat and break from shopping? They can offer quieter eating areas and sensory bags behind the bar. If you’re visiting Glasgow a few of our hotels have also trained their staff in autism awareness to help accommodate your needs – these include Sauchiehall Street Ibis, Hallmark Hotel and Novotel Hotel. Or stop in for a film at the GFT for one of their autism-friendly screenings (including Home Alone) throughout December – find out more here.

We are always striving to make Glasgow more Autism Aware so if there is anything you think could help you or other families enjoy the city centre a bit more please get in touch with citycentrestrategy@glasgow.gov.uk.

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