New Year Breaks - Edinburgh
the fairground on Market Street during Christmas
fireworks Edinburgh Castle - image courtesy of Historic Scotland
looking along the Water of Leith to St Bernard's Well
Winter Wonderland in East Princes Street Gardens
With six weeks of incredible festive celebrations and late night shopping, it’s no surprise that Edinburgh has been voted the best city in the UK to enjoy Christmas and Hogmanay. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Hogmanay break now.
From the German Market to the stunning Big Wheel and the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK, the city’s streets come alive with an incredible, bustling atmosphere thanks to a magical programme of festive events and activities, starting from the end of November right up to the beginning of January.
Don't miss the capital’s amazing Hogmanay - one of the biggest New Year extravaganzas in the world. Three days of fun and games, starting with the magnificent Torchlight Procession, to welcome the New Year! Watch as the night sky is set alight by a mesmerising fireworks display when the clock strikes 12 and rock your way with alternative rockers Primal Scream perform their best loved hits in Princes Street Gardens. You can even win the chance to launch Edinburgh's Hogmanay Fireworks to make your evening truly unforgettable.
Complete your Hogmanay experience by taking part in the famous Loony Dook which sees hundreds of people wade into the freezing waters of the River Forth or join the crowds and keep warm as you watch! It’s the ultimate hangover cure.
It’s usually very busy, so to avoid disappointment it’s best to book your tickets and accommodation early. Start the New Year in one of city’s luxury 5-star hotels or in a traditional B&B which will really add to your Hogmanay experience. Whatever your budget you’ll find the perfect place to stay during your Hogmanay break by using the Accommodation Search.
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