Christmas at Xscape Glasgow

We’re just back from a lovely family Christmas day out at Xscape in Glasgow.

We started our day with a round of adventure golf at Paradise Island. The last time we played adventure golf was in Florida. Three years on and Erin seems to have improved somewhat, she managed to beat us both taking the golfing crown for the day. There are two courses to choose from with lots of tricky holes and fun features, I won’t spoil it for you but it gave us an hour of fun.

After working up an appetite we made our way to Bar Varia which is linked to the indoor snow slope. The bar is based on a traditional Bavarian apres ski bar. The menu features authentic platters of german sausage, potato salad and sauerkraut. There’s also hearty fayre like meatball stew and a few different burgers including a venison burger. Alex had a mustard chicken burger and I had goats cheese and red onion tart. The food really surprised us in both quality and value. The tart was one of the nicest I’ve had and everything was homemade. Everything except the kids food which was disappointingly the cheap frozen stuff, but I know that’s all a lot of kids will eat so I’m willing to forgive them. I’d highly recommend Bar Varia if you’re visiting Xscape.

With our plates cleared it was time to head out onto the real snow for our meeting with Santa. After meeting Santa in Lapland other Santa experiences can be a bit disappointing. This experience was actually pretty good. Real snow and chirpy Glaswegian elves set a nice atmosphere and Santa himself had a real beard and didn’t smell at all of alcohol and fags. Seriously though, Santa was pretty authentic and good with the kids. The exit of Santa’s grotto involved a little sledge ride which was fun for the kids.

Before leaving we enjoyed some free crafts and a snowball throwing challenge.

We really enjoyed our family day out at Xscape and Erin’s already asked if we can go back again!

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4 Responses to Christmas at Xscape Glasgow

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  2. Craig McGill says:

    Santa was great wasn’t he? We were there around the same time but didn’t have as much luck with the food as you –

    • Erica says:

      Yeah, I think he’s the best UK Santa I’ve seen – proper Grandad-like, which is what you want. Shame about the food, ours was genuinely very good, and we’re pretty fussy.

  3. Santa says:

    Thanks for the comments.I do try and it is good to realise that people notice – NO smoking,drinking,tattoos or eating garlic works. I am 732 next Birthday so probably grandad is a compliment!! I am resting now but look forward to seeing you all in 2013.

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