Your Official Guide to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
UPDATE: Well, wasn’t that something! Keep an eye out for our 2019 guide in the future and we’ll see you next year!
For three days, Hogmanay takes over the streets of the Scottish capital for the biggest party of its kind in the world.
A stacked schedule of events brings together live music, performance, processions and fireworks into one unforgettable celebration that brings 2018 in with a bang.
Torchlight Procession – 30 December 2017, 7PM
The party begins in earnest on 30 December with a torchlit procession through the city streets. Thousands of candle-bearers snake their way down the Royal Mile, passing some of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings before a stunning fireworks display ends the night.
Tickets are available for those keen to take part, or you can simply join the crowds basking in the torch glow and watch the ceremony unfurl.
New Year’s Eve – 31 December, 1PM Onwards
Things kick off bright and early on NYE with a toddlers and parents-only Baby Loves Disco Hogmanay party at Festival Square. Ensure the little ones get to enjoy the celebrations too, with two hours of dancing and kid-friendly games.
The family-friendly fun continues with the brand new Bairns Afore event under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. There are fireworks, music and a special appearance by some very special Disney favourites.
At 7PM, the party begins in earnest as the festivities take to the streets for one of the biggest outdoor parties on the planet. Dancers, acrobats and street performers are joined by the likes of Huey Morgan and Human League as the countdown to 2018 commences.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh Gin hosts a traditional Scottish Celiidh dance under the Castle steps, celebrating the best of Scotland’s rich culture and heritage.
As midnight approaches
BRIT-award winning Rag’n’Bone Man headlines Concert in the Gardens, bringing his stellar vocals to Scotland’s capital city.
The action culminates as you wave goodbye to 2017 at the stroke of midnight, as a huge fireworks display welcomes in the New Year with a bang.
The party doesn’t stop there though, with New Year’s Day playing host to the hilarious, annual Loony Dook.
Tickets for taking part are already sold out, but you can still make your way down to the Firth of Forth to watch all those brave, hungover folk dunking themselves into the freezing water in the name of charity.
Hogmanay 2018 promises to be the best yet. Be sure to wrap up warm and head on over to take part in the world’s biggest and best NYE celebrations.
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