IT’S BEGINNING to look a lot like Christmas…

Our archives have captured many fantastic festive shots - like this one, of a couple enjoying a romantic moment under the lights in George Square. Photographers have also captured beautiful displays on Sauchiehall Street in the 60s, and on Buchanan Street when traffic was still allowed to drive along it.

The city has always excelled itself when it comes to dazzling displays, although back in 1962, the Evening Times was reporting consternation over plans to cut the amount of time they were on each day ‘if electricity load-shedding becomes necessary this winter.”

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Our article on Dec ember 4 read: “The South of Scotland Electricity Board has asked the Corporation not to switch the lights on until 6.30pm [instead of 4pm or earlier on darker days] if the situation arises…The board made the request because it fears a sudden cold spell may cause overloading.”

Glasgow Times:

This did not go down too well with the people of Glasgow. The then Lord Provost Jean Roberts had described the city’s illumunations as ‘the best in Great Britain’ when she officially turned them on.

“The Christmas lights in Glasgow this year are the most comprehensive yet. The decorations... paid for by the traders, cost £20,000….They have already proved a great attraction and greatly stimulated business in the shops.”

Glasgow Times:

Celebrations may not be quite the same this year, but it is still possible to enjoy a feast of sparkle and shine similar to those seen in days gone by. Some displays are online, so you can enjoy them from the warmth of home.