As you have already guessed by the image above, Hogmanay (pronunced:ˌhɔɡməˈne) is the Scots word for  the last day of the year, New Year’s Eve. No one celebrates New Year’s Eve like us Scots! Why? Probably, because for almost 400 years Christmas was virtually banned in Scotland (for a religious reason) and Hogmanay was the only celebration we had left to party and exchange gifts.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

In our Capital celebration lasts three days, beginning with the Torchlight procession from December the 30th, then on the 31st, English singer Rag'n'Bone Man will headline the Hogmanay concert, while other partygoers will enjoy live bands and DJs and celebrate at the Street Party.


December 30th


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This fantastic torchlight procession sees tens of thousands of people walk through the streets of Edinburgh carrying torches, making their way down the Royal Mile for the fireworks finale. It’s a spectacular sight if you prefer to see it from Calton Hill.

When? 7pm, from: St Giles Street, North Bridge and South Bridge

Price. £13. Tickets can be booked

Info. Book here.The event is a yearly sell-out.

December 31st


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This year, like every year, the Concert in the Gardens will take place in Princes Street, with headline act Rag'n'Bone Man. Last year nearly 75,000 people attend the concert and later enjoyed a great view of the midnight fireworks.

When? 8pm doors open, event starts at 9pm.

Price. from £60

Info. Book here.


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Street Party. Another great venue to celebrate the New Year “At the BEST. PARTY. EVER!”. The outdoor event will be divided in three stages, all providing live music, DJs, street entertainment and fireworks display from the Castle. The headline act on the Waverley Stage is the English synth-pop band The Human League.

When? Open from 7pm.

Price.  £26.

Info. Tickets here.



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Bairns Afore, it's the new Hogmanay for families. This year new event, ideal for kids and families who want to experience the midnight fireworks, just before bedtime. If your little ones what to experinece Hogmanay, than Baby Loves Disco Hogmanay, in Festival Square, is ideal.



The beautiful Candlelit Concert will take place in the evocative ST Giles' Cathedral featuring performances by the St Giles' Cathedral Choir and young soloists.

When? 7.30pm

Info. Check Here


Credit: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

The best way to experience a traditional Hogmanay is taking part to Scottish ceilidh, dancing under the backdrop the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Dance to the music of ceilidh bands, and enjoy local food and drinks! This year, celebrate with a Ceilidh under the castle with the Edinburgh Gin!

When: 8pm-1am (arena opens at 8pm)

Price:  £52.50.

Info: Tickets can be booked here.

1st of January


Credit: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

I love a quiet walk around Edinburgh on the 1st of January. If you like it too, now you can enjoy a "literary journey through the city” and explore the city as you read a new story written by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid.

Each location is a different chapter, and you can enjoy the story in one evening or over an extended period of time. These chapters will be projected onto Edinburgh’s greatest buildings and landmarks. Have a walk while reading a message from the skies.

When: Every day til 10pm. The tour is available in January 1-25

Price: Free


Loony Door is a classic New Year’s Day event. Dress fancy or silly and dip in the River Forth. If you prefer, you can cheer on the “dookers” from the beach or along the route of the parade towards South Queensferry.

When? 11am

Price £11 (If you want to take a dip). If you want to go along and cheer, it is FREE.

Info Book Here

Where can I stay?

Accommodation are getting booked up quickly as Hogmanay is peak season in Edinburgh.

We have selected the best luxury apartments in Edinburgh top relax in, after a day of fun.