Edinburgh New Year's Eve / Hogmanay 2016 Events
Written by Jonny Gordon Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:25
One of the world’s most renowned New Year’s celebrations, Edinburgh is THE place to visit for Hogmanay...
What better place in the world than Edinburgh to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017? With its Harry Potter architecture, famous Midnight Fireworks and street party excitement, the city is the perfect backdrop to spectacular New Year’s celebrations.
One of the world’s most renowned New Year’s celebrations, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay boasts a range of events, which include a torchlight procession to Calton Hill’s Fire Festival, Concert in the Gardens, The Candlelit Concert, a general all-round festive atmosphere, Fireworks, and not forgetting the dramatic Castle backdrop. Other attractions will feature dance, art, conversation, street theatre, light and fire... lots of fire. Which, of course, can only be good news in the cold, dark Edinburgh days of December and January, when we need all the light and warmth we can get.
For many years Hogmanay was a bigger event in Edinburgh than Christmas – and to some extent that influence lives on, making New Year an extra-special celebration north of the Border. The days of Hogmanay street parties when anyone and everyone could – and did – crush onto the streets on the night of 31 December have long gone however, with better crowd control, ticketing and a big police presence nowadays. But all of the old fun still remains. Hogmanay in Edinburgh is the time to really let your hair down and party.
Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party
The most famous event is New Year’s Eve’s boisterous Hogmanay Street Party on the main thoroughfare of Princes Street where tens of thousands of revellers jam into the city centre to see in the New Year. Tickets are currently on sale for £25 and if you’ve never been we would definitely recommend it as one to tick off the bucket list. This year the Charlatans will taking centre stage with other performers including Celtic band Salsa Celtica and Jazz group the Brass Gumbo.
Night Afore Concert
For the first time ever in Edinburgh’s New Year history, due to increased demand, this year there will be an extra show with event headliners Paolo Nutini, Frightened Rabbit and The Vegan Leather. This will take place at West Princes Street Gardens on Friday 30th December. Tickets can be bought here.
Old Town Ceilidh
If you fancy a slightly more traditional Scottish Hogmanay, then why not get a ticket to The Old Town Ceilidh which takes place outdoors on Edinburgh’s High Street on 31 December? You can dance your way into 2017 at either of the two stages, underneath the silhouette of Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town. Tickets cost £47.50 and will also give entry to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party in Princes Street and the city centre.
Edinburgh Torchlight Procession
We’re particularly looking forwards to the torchlight procession down the Royal Mile. Not that we’re pyromaniacs or anything.... but it's good to get a bit pagan at Hogmanay.
The 2016 torchlight procession will actually begin the night before Hogmanay on December 30th. Over 40,000 attended the event last year, including thousands of torch carriers, who helped create a river of fire through Edinburgh’s city centre from the city's historic Royal Mile, stretching down to the Son et Lumiere with the fireworks finale on Calton Hill. You can purchase wristbands and torches in advance on the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Website. Proceeds from torch sales go to the official event charity UNICEF. Spectators at the event are welcome for free (It’s unticketed), but organisers are warning that everyone needs to wrap up warm and not stand in front of the procession to take photos.
The procession leaves The Old Town at 7pm, and ends at 8.45pm with the firework viewing areas at Calton Hill and Waterloo Place (also free and unticketed).
Hopefully we’ll see you there!