The opening event of the 2015/16 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival sees a river of fire through the streets of the city as 10,000 people carry flaming torches from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill and the son et lumière and firework finale which can be viewed from across the city and from the streets surrounding the hill. Access to Calton Hill will be exclusively available for torchbearers and their accompanying friends and family. Torches should be purchased in advance as they will sell out but spectators are welcome.
Experience the UK’s largest outdoor winter festival – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay World Famous Street Party & Concert in the Gardens
Join 75,000 revellers in and around Princes Street to enjoy live acts across four Street Party stages. Featuring Newcastle alt-rock band and Mercury Prize nominees Maxïmo Park with special guests, energetic punk duo Slaves and Glasgow funk outfit, the hotly tipped White on the Waverley Stage; leading Scottish Celtic crossover bands Shooglenifty, Rura and Peatbog Faeries on the Castle Stage; BBC6 Music’s Craig Charles and his Funk & Soul Show live on the Frederick Stage and on screens the length of Princes Street and finally, fresh from their sell-out summer Fringe run, cabaret performers Guilty Pleasures on the Mound Stage. While Concert in the Gardens has already SOLD OUT, tickets for the world famous Street Party are still available (£25 incl booking fee).
Be a Guinness World Record Breaker
The Old Town Ceilidh moves to a new home in Parliament Square, with two stages playing the very best of Scottish dance music through the evening from Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, Ceilihdonia, Whisky Kiss and Sporran Again. Ceilidh Callers will remind you of the steps and at 11.00pm dancers are invited to smash the Guinness World Record for the Largest Strip the Willow in Parliament Square and down the Royal Mile. Old Town Ceilidh tickets still available at £45 (incl booking fee). Please wear appropriate clothing and flat shoes – remember it’s an outdoor event and some areas of the Ceilidh arena are cobbled.
Why settle for one display when you can enjoy four in one evening? Countdown fireworks lift from Edinburgh Castle at 9.00pm, 10.00pm and 11.00pm leading to the crescendo of the Midnight Moment launched from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and from Calton Hill at the other end of Princes Street.
Join 75,000 Hogmanay revellers to link arms and sing Auld Lang Syne
After the Midnight Moment Fireworks, join in the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne as old friends and new join hands across the Street Party arena to sing Burns’ anthem.
Hop on a free bus home thanks to Lothian Buses and Johnnie Walker’s Join the Pact campaign
Free Hogmanay NightBus Services will be running for revellers at the Street Party and throughout the City Centre supported by Diageo and provided by Lothian Buses. Starting at 12.20am and running till 4.00am, leaving from specific departure points through the city centre, routes and times can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com. A much welcome journey home at the end of the festivities is part of the Join the Pact global responsible drinking initiative from Johnnie Walker which has secured over one million personal commitments from people across the world to never to drink and drive.
On New Year’s Day you can work off the excess of the night afore at the 30th Anniversary Stoats Loony Dook with a chilly dip in the River Forth. Starting with a Dookers Parade through South Queensferry at 2.30pm featuring pipers and a host of entertainment, over 1,000 ‘Dookers’, clad in fancy dress costumes ranging from the weird to the wonderful, will take the chilly plunge for charity under the world renowned Forth Bridge. For those not brave enough to get their feet wet, there are plenty of vantage points to watch the action and spectators are welcomed – South Queensferry has a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, all open on New Year’s Day. Register early – places are limited and there’s no registration available on the day.
Take a mystery tour around Scot:Lands – the multi-arts, pop-up festival within a festival
Intriguing, provocative, sometimes reflective, always entertaining, Scot:Lands offers one chance, on one afternoon only, to enjoy an extraordinary collection of music, spoken word, theatre, storytelling and film, fashioned and curated by the likes of the Insider Festival from Aviemore, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Atlas Arts from Skye, Vic Galloway and Chemikal Underground. Entry is FREE but you should pre-register and then check in on the day to discover your first destination on a randomly, tantalisingly selected, unpredictable journey through eleven hidden Edinburgh Old Town venues. Registration opens on Sunday 27 December – for more information visit www.edinburghshogmanay.com
Birl your way through the Final Fling
Join in the Hogmanay Festival Final Fling – a ceilidh for everyone in the Grand Hall of the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street from 5.00pm on 1st January. Music and calling of the dances by Edinburgh ceilidh supremos: the Portobello Ceilidh Band. Free and unticketed.
Become part of the multi-award winning #blogmanay project
The multi award-winning Edinburgh’s Hogmanay #blogmanay project invites travel and lifestyle bloggers from around the world to come to Scotland to discover everything we have to offer as a winter destination. But you can join in – use #blogmanay to share your photos, videos and experiences of Hogmanay in Edinburgh, and see what everybody else is up to.
Vouchers for torches in the Torchlight Procession, Registration for the Loony Dook, free registration for Scot:Lands and all tickets to the World Famous Street Party and the Old Town Ceilidh can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com together with details of all the events across the three days of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.