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Why should you choose a New Year’s break in Edinburgh?

As the year draws to a close, there’s no better place to bid farewell to the old and welcome in the new than the heart of Scotland itself—Edinburgh. Steeped in tradition and brimming with festivities, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration is renowned worldwide as one of the most spectacular New Year’s Eve events.

What is Hogmanay?

Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year, synonymous with New Year’s Eve. The celebration has deep historical roots, with its origins believed to date back to the Viking winter solstice celebrations. Over the centuries, Hogmanay has evolved into a vibrant and spirited festival, blending ancient traditions with modern revelry.

Why Edinburgh?

Street Party

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party is one of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations. The city comes alive with music, dance, and a jubilant atmosphere. Princes Street, at the heart of the festivities, is transformed into a colossal open-air party venue, featuring multiple stages hosting live performances from internationally acclaimed artists. This year Pulp will be headlining the event with a DJ set from Hot Chip.

Torchlight Procession

Kicking off the Hogmanay celebrations, the Torchlight Procession is a mesmerizing spectacle where thousands of people carry torches through the city, creating a river of light. The procession culminates in a stunning visual display on Calton Hill, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh.

Concert in the Gardens

For music enthusiasts, Concert in the Gardens is a must-attend event. Against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, world-class musicians and bands take the stage, delivering unforgettable performances that set the tone for the year ahead.

Midnight Fireworks

The crescendo of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is undoubtedly the midnight fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle. The skies above the historic fortress explode in a kaleidoscope of colours, marking the arrival of the New Year in grandiose fashion.

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a unique and enchanting experience that seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary festivities. From the Torchlight Procession to the midnight fireworks, the city offers a New Year’s celebration like no other. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, embracing the warmth, music, and traditions of Hogmanay in Edinburgh is the perfect way to welcome the dawn of a new year in true Scottish style. So, don your tartan, grab a dram of whisky, and join the revelry as Edinburgh paints the town in a vibrant tapestry of celebration and joy.


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