Tickets for the much-loved free event are bound to prove popular yet again with almost half the city expected to apply to be in amongst the 16,000 crowd in George Square on Sunday, November 18.
The ballot opened at 10am on Monday and will be open to the public until midnight on Sunday, October 14.
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Over 300,000 applications were received for the event last year, the equivalent of half the citys population, with thousands expected to be left disappointed again this time around.
Glasgows Lord Provost, Eva Bolander said: “Glasgow is the perfect place to be in the lead up to Christmas. With fabulous shopping, incredible festive entertainment and great venues to visit and explore, its a city with something to suit every taste and budget.
“Christmas is traditionally a time for friends and families to get together and enjoy the festivities and build special memories. We look forward to seeing you.”
Only those with a valid ticket will gain entry to the event and a maximum of six can be requested per household.
Glasgows Christmas Market in George Square is due to open a week later on Sunday, November 25 and will run until December 31.
The other Christmas market will open in St Enoch Square on Friday, November 9 and will run until December 23.
Hundreds of thousands of people made a bid for tickets last year with just 16,000 available for the George Square event.
The ballot opens today at 10am and will be open until 11.59pm on Sunday, October 14. The draw made later in the month.