There are few nations around the world that celebrate the New Year as well Scotland does. The Scottish even have their own name for it: Hogmanay. There are many discussions around where the term came from. Some suggest the word may have Scandinavian origins whilst others suggest it might be French or Flemish. Wherever it comes from, the celebration of Hogmanay is a rich part of Scottish tradition and an experience not to be missed.
As capital city, Edinburgh puts on a display that rivals all others. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has become so popular that it is not just about the evening of the 31st of December anymore. Hogmanay is now an official 3-day event. Revellers start arriving in Edinburgh after Christmas, and by New Year the city is at full capacity. Be sure to pre-book to avoid disappointment.
Torchlight processionThe annual torchlight procession takes place on the 29th of December each year. This event signifies the beginning of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and thousands of people take to the streets bearing fire-lit torches to march through the city centre.
Events at Edinburgh’s HogmanayUnsurprisingly, the main Edinburgh Hogmanay event happens on the evening of the 31st of December. This ticketed event takes place in Princes Street Gardens and along Princes Street. Several stages host national and international artists and dance bands, and, of course, it would not be a Scottish Hogmanay without a ceilidh.
To signify the end of the year, a Lone Piper plays from the battlements of Edinburgh Castle in the minutes leading up to midnight. The midnight bells are brought in with an unforgettable fireworks display choreographed to music against the magnificent backdrop of Castle Rock and the world-renowned Edinburgh Castle.