Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Loony Dook crowd, © Lloyd Smith
Edinburgh's famous Hogmanay Street Party
the Torchlight Procession fireworks
Part of Edinburgh’s fantastic festive events, the city’s Hogmanay celebrations open every year with a spectacular Torchlight Procession. Watch as a stunning river of fire is created while the crowd travels from Parliament Square on the historic Royal Mile to the Son et Lumiére on Calton Hill or buy a torch and join the procession. The evening culminates in an impressive light and firework display signalling the start of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festivities.
On Hogmanay itself you can take part in Edinburgh’s famous Street Party joining around 80,000 revellers. Dance the night away beneath the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle with DJs, entertainment and live music - previous acts include The Coral, MYLO and The Enemy to name but a few.
Why not have a go at Scottish country dancing as you Strip the Willow into 2013 at The Keilidh, an outdoor ceilidh in an exclusive area near Edinburgh’s Mound? Immerse yourself in Scottish culture and enjoy the best traditional music from a lively band. Beginners can also join in as a ceilidh caller will talk you through the steps for each dance.
The Concert in the Gardens is another highlight, a magnificent live music event held in Princes Street Gardens. Previous headlining acts include Kasabian, madness, Groove Armada and Biffy Clyro. Enjoy the fantastic performance before a fantastic firework extravaganza signals the arrival of 2013.
Continue the celebrations by taking part in the famous Loony Dook on New Year’s Day. Wade into the freezing waters of the River Forth with the iconic Forth Rail Bridge in the background and join hundreds of other participants in this event or simply keep warm and cheer the ‘dookers’ on!
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.