With the festive season fast approaching and the kids looking forward to the Christmas holidays, many parents will be scratching their heads looking for ways to keep their little ones occupied.

While there are lots of places and events to visit, the cost of these can rack up over time, leaving households out of pocket ahead of the big day.

This is why we have pulled together some more affordable options for those wanting to get out and about.

Glasgow's cheapest things to do with the kids this Christmas 

Here are some of the cheapest things you can do with the kids in Glasgow this Christmas.

Watch The Snowman at the Royal Concert Hall

While tickets are limited, those wanting to share in the magic of The Snowman need only visit the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this December.

With live backing music and narration from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Hugh Dennis, the whole family can be immersed in this classic Christmas film.

Taking place on December 23 at 2pm and 6pm, prices start from as low as £13.50.

Find out more on the Glasgow Life website.

Visit Glasgow's Winterfest - St Enoch and George Square

Explore Glasgow's Winterfest in St Enoch and George Square from November 10, 2023, to January 7, 2024, for some festive fun.

This event is free and features tasty treats like sausages and doughnuts as well as activities like ice skating.

Find out more about specific dates on the event's Facebook page.

Visit Santa’s Grotto at The Forge

No list of family Christmas activities would be complete without a visit to Santa's Grotto.

Running from November 11 to December 24, children can visit St Nicholas and receive a gift for just £9.50.

Find out more on The Forge website.

See Glasgow's Christmas light switch-on

Glasgow Loves Christmas is hosting the city's free festive light switch-on this Sunday (November 19, 2023).

The event will take place at George Square from 4:30pm to 7pm.

Find out more on the Glasgow Life website.

Check out Glagsow's Style Mile

For an afternoon of "festive spectacle", check out this year's Style Mile taking place on November 26 from 1pm to 5pm.

Street entertainers will walk all along Buchanan Street and within the shopping centres of St Enoch, Buchanan Galleries, Princes Square and the Argyll Arcade.