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Shops in Yorkhill & Finnieston bring xmas cheer with festive displays and Lego trail

By Ian Marland at

Shops, pubs and restaurants are bringing a little bit of Christmas cheer to the streets of Yorkhill, Finnieston and Kelvingrove.

Traders have entered in to the spirit of the season by dressing up their windows to add a bit of sparkle to the streets.

They are also hosting a Lego Super Heroes trail that could win children tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival at the SECC this Christmas.


Watch: See how Jehad Hatu owner of craft beer shop Grunting Growler brightened up his window.

Displays: Pubs, shops and cafes have entered in to the spirit of the season.

Displays: Pubs, shops and cafes have entered in to the spirit of the season.

It is all part of an initiative organised by local community representatives.

Lee Grant, secretary at Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Community Council, said the aim was to also raise money for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, formerly based at Yorkhill.

“The idea is to create a little bit of festive cheer inside the community whilst also raising money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“In addition, for kids we have created a Lego Super Heroes trail with Lego figures hidden in the windows along Argyle Street and Old Dumbarton Road.

“There are twelve Super Heroes for children find.

“We’d like to encourage families to download the answer sheet [see link below] from our website and then visit the shops and look out for the Lego figures.

Action: These are the Lego Super Hero figures that will be hiding in local shop windows.

Action: These are the Lego Super Hero figures that will be hiding in local shop windows.

“Once you have found all twelve, write your answers on an email, along with your address and send it to yokecoco@gmail.com by December 28.”

Lee added: “Our Xmas window competition has begun with many of our businesses looking to win our festive bauble award.

“So wrap up warm and take a stroll along Finnieston Street, Argyle Street and Old Dumbarton Road to see their creations.”

Lee Grant, Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Community Council:

“The idea is create a little bit of festive cheer inside the community whilst also raising money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“In addition for kids we have created a Lego Super Heroes trail with Lego figures hidden in the windows along Argyle Street and Old Dumbarton Road.”

Jehad Hatu, who owns craft beer shop Grunting Growler on Old Dumbarton Road, is one of the business people taking part in the initiative.

He has created a christmas tree out of green beer bottles at his shop.

Jehad said: “I’ve walking past a lot of the shops that are participating, and it’s definitely feel, as they say, feeling a lot like Christmas.

“The whole thing adds a little ambience to the area – it’s fun to see and it creates community with everyone living and working here.”

The council hopes to have a mystery celebrity judging the best window displays in the days before Christmas.

Lee said: “If you like what you see, then please think about donating to our chosen charity, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“Donations can be as simple as texting the word CHILD to 70707, to donate £5. Thank you and enjoy the windows.”

* Answer sheet: https://yokecoco.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/yokecoco-christmas-trail-sheet.pdf