THE city's first citizen met up with one of Glasgow's newest arrivals to launch a highlight of the festive season.

Each year, proud parents get the chance for their infant to be part of Glasgow City Council's Baby's First Christmas.

On December 8, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty will welcome the first 250 babies to be registered for the event in the dramatic banqueting hall in the City Chambers.

They will be presented with a certificate and a silver coloured 3D snowflake Christmas tree decoration.

A total of 1000 babies can be registered and those not attending the City Chambers will be invited to visit Hamleys in St Enoch Centre where they will receive a goody bag and certificate.

Mrs Docherty launched the event with the help of two-week-old Ryan Anderson, from Simshill, and his mum Frances.

Baby's First Christmas, which is organised by the council and sponsored by St Enoch Centre, began in 2005.

Mrs Docherty said: "A particular highlight for new mums and dads is the celebration of a baby's first Christmas.

"This is a wonderful time of year for us all and I am delighted to be able to offer this exclusive event, one which marks a special occasion for all families introducing their baby to their first Christmas."

Susan Nicol, general manager of St Enoch Centre, said: "As a family friendly centre at the heart of the city, we are immensely proud to be supporting Glasgow City Council's Baby's First Christmas again this year.

"The first Christmas with a new addition to the family will always be memorable and this event helps to make it extra special for the families as their little ones are given an official welcome as a resident of Glasgow.

"Baby's First Christmas really brings families together and we are happy to be there to help mark this occasion with them."

Registration opened today and parents can phone 0141 287 5064 or register on-line at