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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

There's nothing like signing Auld Lang Sang amongst a street full of friends - and Edinburgh does New Year's Eve better than most.

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30 December - 1 January

About Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of New Year’s Eve. The festivities begin on the 30th of December and last for three(!) days until 1st January. Now, that's what we call a party! Hogmanay’s origins go all the way back to the Vikings, who celebrated the shortest day of the year with wild parties. Nowadays Hogmanay has become a celebration that is well known internationally and attracts people from all over the world.



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The Edinburgh Hogmanay festival begins on the 30th December with a torchlight procession. 8,000 torch bearers create a river of fire through the city - quite a sight to behold. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display - the first of many over the three-day celebrations! 

Street Party

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Edinburgh hosts the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the world with its Hogmanay Street Party, shutting down the city centre so that thousands of people from all over the world can listen to top musicians, join together in a ceilidh dance, watch the most spectacular of fireworks displays and sing the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne.


The Silent Disco is a new part of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations and became part of the official Hogmanay Street Party in 2018. The Silent Disco takes place on Market Street, so plug in your headphones and show off your best dance moves with people who may be listening to totally different music!

Candlelit Concert at St. Giles

Not all of the Edinburgh Hogmanay’s celebrations are loud and wild, the traditional Candelit Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral offers an evening with classical music and magical surroundings. The beautiful 14th century cathedral is located in Edinburgh’s old town, the concert takes place on 31 December.

CEILIDH under the castle

Welcome the new year with style at the outdoor ceilidh party, with the best in traditional Scottish music and dances in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Maybe even join the Guinness World Record attempt by taking part in the World's Longest Strip the Willow!



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Great live music and vibrant atmosphere in the surroundings of Princes Street Gardens, is there a better way to celebrate the final night of the year? At midnight you will view the admirable firework show from Edinburgh Castle as it lights up the sky.

The Concert in the Gardens takes place in a ticketed area in the Princes Street Gardens. Tickets are available through , by calling Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455 or by calling into the Hogmanay Box Office at The Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

Midnight Moment

As the clocks strike midnight on 31st December, 4.5 tonnes of fireworks are fired out of Edinburgh CastleThousands gather at the foot of the castle, many at the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party on Princes Street, for this annual display which can be seen from vantage points across the city.

Those lucky enough to have tickets to the Concert in the Gardens are directly under the display in West Princes Street GardensCalton Hill also provides a a great vantage point for the Hogmanay Street Party and fireworks at midnight.


Loony Dook

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A firm fixture in Scotland's calendar for more than 25 years, the Loony Dook is part of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. To shift those hangovers in the morning of January 1st, more than a thousand people gather to take part in the Loony Dook which involves walking down the street of South Queensferry dressed in the craziest outfit you can find and jumping into the cold waters of the River Forth. Not only is this hangover cure a fun and unusual way of starting the new year, but it is also chance to raise lots of money for charity.