Planning your journey home is as crucial as finding a stunning outfit and a brilliant venue when organising your festive night out.
Christmas party-goers are being asked to plan ahead to ensure they enjoy the perfect end to a great night out.
Organisers of Glasgow's Festive Safety campaign are urging people to beat the crowds and bad weather by downloading a licensed taxi firm's app ahead of their Christmas night out and pre-booking their journey home.
Glasgow's amazing nightlife draws hundreds of thousands of people from across Scotland throughout the festive season. The city is expected to be packed with people out for a good time. Drink will be taken and some people may not know the city well, as they have travelled from elsewhere for a great night out - so to avoid a rude awakening when the lights come up, people are being encouraged to plan ahead.
The Party Safe, Home Safe initiative stresses that organising your journey home in advance will help ensure you and your friends get home quickly, warmly and safely at the end of the night.
Councillor Alex Wilson, Chair of Glasgow City Council's Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said : "Amid all the excitement of planning a Christmas night out, it's easy to forget about your journey home. Everyone tends to focus on looking their best and finding a fantastic venue. Obviously these things are important - but adding arrangements for the journey home to your festive check-list can ensure your night ends smoothly.
"Glasgow is going to be busier than ever with thousands of party-goers out enjoying our thriving pubs, clubs and restaurants. The weather is also bound to be wet, windy and cold, so everyone will be keen to get home as quickly as possible at the end of the night. Demand for taxis and public transport will be exceptionally high, so we'd ask people to ensure they know the time of their last bus or train. You can also limit your wait and ensure you get a licensed taxi by downloading a company's app ahead of the party and pre-booking your journey home.
"The message is 'plan your party, plan your journey home'."
Alternatively, Community Safety Glasgow, one of the campaign organisers, recommend using one of the city's six Nitezones where Home Safe Marshalls staff the taxi ranks and ensure the queues are orderly.
Glasgow has six Nitezones in Sauchiehall Street (near the Garage); Albion Street (opposite Merchant Square); Byres Road (at the entrance to Ashton Lane), Shawlands (Langside Avenue opposite The Shed), Gordon Street (outside Central Station) and George Street (outside the Millennium Hotel).
Home Safe Marshalls at these ranks help co-ordinate the queues and ensure everything's orderly. The Nitezones will operate from 11pm to 5am during festive period weekends.
Volunteer Street Pastors, police officers and staff from Community Safety Glasgow will be out patrolling the city centre to offer help to anyone in need and there will also be a Safe Zone in the former St George's Tron Church in Nelson Mandela Square where free assistance will also be available.
Glasgow's thriving nightlife includes a network of almost 90 award-winning Best Bar None venues where staff and door stewards have been trained in customer safety. Many are also connected to other venues and the police by a radio network.
All private hire taxis must be pre-booked and can be identified by the "pre-booked" signs on the side of the vehicles.
Other tips for Non-Stop Festive Fun include:-
Fully charge your phone before leaving home;
Identify the Nitezone nearest your venue;
Arrange to meet friends there if you get separated;
Party! - please drink responsibly
If you do get into difficulty approach a police officer, Street Pastor or an officer from Community Safety Glasgow.
Know the location of the Safe Zone - ie: Nelson Mandela Square
Glasgow's Festive Safety Campaign is a partnership involving Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Street Pastors, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Network Rail, British Transport Police and Glasgow Taxis.
Log on to the Best Bar None website www.bbnglasgow.com for further details and links to BBNGlasgow venues as well as the SPT Journey Planner.