Hogmanay: Around the World

Around the World

Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year’s Eve – 31 December – and the arrival of the new year is always celebrated in style across the country.

 In the big cities, you’ll find large-scale open air concerts, street parties and spectacular fireworks welcoming ‘the bells’ (when the clocks chime midnight). Elsewhere, the celebrations are all about community and local events such as dinner dances, ceildhs or just parties held in neighbours’ houses which get visited in turn as ‘first footers’ go from house to house to be the first to wish everyone a good new year.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world. Things get underway on 30 December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Join thousands of torch carriers as they create a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill.

On Hogmanay itself, the action moves to Princes Street in the very heart of the city of Edinburgh beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the Concert in the Gardens featuring incredible live music and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts.

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