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Glasgow to stage first ever Christmas parade

Glasgow's George Square
Image caption Many of Glasgow's festive events will be held in George Square

Glasgow is to stage its first ever Christmas parade as part of a seven-week-events programme to promote the city over the festive period.

The George Square Christmas lights will be illuminated on 15 November with the parade taking place three days later.

The square will feature a skating rink from 24 November, with St Andrew's Day and Hogmanay celebrations also planned.

All the events are part of the Glasgow Loves Christmas festival to promote the city's retail and events sector.

'Perfect place'

A major promotional push, across TV, radio, outdoor and digital platforms was launched on Tuesday to highlight the festival.

It is hoped that the annual Christmas upturn will see more than 11 million visitors to the city's major shopping venues.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "As the UK's largest and most successful shopping location outside London's west end, the city is the perfect place to enjoy Christmas shopping, with over 1,500 shops, from independent boutiques to high-end designers.

"This year's Christmas offering is shaping up to be the most exciting yet with an array of attractions and events for everyone, spanning music, film, dancing, food and drink and free family entertainment against a sparkling festive backdrop."

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