Edinburgh Events on New Year's Day 2017 - What's On?
Written by Gareth Thomas Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:15
If you're in Edinburgh over Hogmanay, don't worry, the party doesn't end on 31st December. The city's New Year programme has a schedule of events to keep us entertained well beyond Hogmanay itself and into the first few days of the New Year.
Taking a dip ('dook') could be just the thing if you're feeling a little, shall we say, dehydrated from the previous evening, and might be one way to cure a hangover.
On Sunday 1st January, there will be a group of brave souls taking part in the 'Loony Dook', the annual splash in the River Forth. Now firmly a staple of the New Year celebrations, the event which has been going on for 30 years, sees willing participants plunging themselves into the freezing Firth of Forth and takes place just under the shadow of the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge. Unfortunately this year’s event is already sold out.
Visitors can join in the grand parade led by pipers through the high street of South Queensferry, a small village just outside Edinburgh. There are always plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants open on New Year's Day and swimmers are encouraged to return to one of the local pubs after their dip for a well-earnt hot soup and toddy.
Spectators are welcome and there are plenty of vantage points to view this crazy event which raises thousands of pounds for charity.
If you don't fancy plunging into icy water on its way to the North Sea (and I'd be the last person to blame you if you don't, since, frankly it sounds like my idea of hell), you can enjoy plenty of city centre festivities which will be going on at different venues across the city. None of them involve immersion in sub-zero waves.
One of the New Year's Day events is the Final Fling. Taking place in the Grand Hall at the National Museum of Scotland the Ceilidh will be headed up by the west coasters Heeliegoleerie and starts at 5.30pm. You better be quick though as tickets are selling out fast!
Arguably the most original of events taking place on New Year’s Day though is SCOT:LANDS. Calling itself a ‘festival within a Festival’ the event sees the very best in music, art and theatre take willing participants on a journey through the Old Town. Guests are randomly allocated ‘Lands to visit’ and selection of the following venues involves spinning a giant compass! (And it’s also completely free).
Whilst in that part of the city it’s worth stopping by the Old Town Street Food Festival which promises a range of delicious street food vendors for visitors.
If you’re not ready to let go of the Christmas festivities quite yet then you could always pay a visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas which is open right up until 7th January. Open across 3 sites you can visit the market which has the very best in festive food and drink if that’s what you’re craving or there’s Ice Skating and Carnival Rides if the kids need something to do.
For those that are still going after the night before there is also the Taste New Years Day Party at the Liquid Rooms, which sees their resident DJ’s lead the more sophisticated of clubbers on an open minded night of celebration.