Piping in a winter wonderland . . .

�Ian Watson : Opening of Glasgow Loves Christmas Ice Rink and wheel,George Square,Glasgow
�Ian Watson : Opening of Glasgow Loves Christmas Ice Rink and wheel,George Square,Glasgow

CHRISTMAS is well and truly upon us — and this week Williamwood pipe band were first to tread the ice at George Square.

The city centre site is now open to the public, offering the annual ice skating attraction, 40 metre-high big wheel, fairground rides and festive food throughout December.

�Ian Watson : Opening of Glasgow Loves Christmas Ice Rink and wheel,George Square,Glasgow

�Ian Watson : Opening of Glasgow Loves Christmas Ice Rink and wheel,George Square,Glasgow

To mark the occasion, the southside pipe band swapped their ghillie brogues for ice skates and joined Clyde One DJ Romeo on the rink – instruments in tow.

The Glasgow Loves Christmas celebration lasts until January 3, closing only on Christmas and Boxing Day – but for the first time, remaining open for a first footing on January 1.

Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson commented: “Glasgow’s festive season is set to be the most exciting yet, and I extend this invitation to all to come and join us for some festive cheer”.

Special events are planned for throughout the month, including parent and toddler sessions and silver skate days for overs 60s, who will also be treated to a hot drink and mince pie – an event which may appeal to seasoned skater Mildred Black (77), pictured, who visits the rink from the southside every year.

Meanwhile over in Eastwood park, residents of East Renfrewshire welcomed in the Christmas season on Sunday with the annual Winter Festival event.

It may have been cancelled last year because we had too much of a winter wonderland, but this year the weather held up for the family event.

Visitors were treated to a craft fair inside Carmichael Hall, an outdoor farmers market, Santa’s grotto, fairground rides and a free dry ski slope, all set to a soundtrack by musicians from the area and the East Ren schools brass band.

Still to come are events such as the Christmas book bug session, taking place tomorrow (Friday) at Carmichael Hall from 2pm, the Eastwood park gallery art fair which opens on Monday and more delicacies on sale at the Avenue farmers market on December 11.