Hogmanay in Edinburgh
A city famous for its festivals, the truly enchanting Edinburgh brings in the New Year in spectacular fashion. The world renowned Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations are 3 days packed with festive highlights; street parties, fireworks, open-air concerts and ceilidhs.
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront wishes you a tremendous start to the New Year; but before that stay with us to bring in the bells in pleasure and comfort. Have a look at our breakdown for the party known around the world.
The build-up to Hogmanay (Scots for the last day of the year in case you were wondering) begins with an incredible flood of fire. The volcano that the castle sit atop of is well and truly dormant so don't worry, Edinburgh isn't succumbing to an out of control inferno, in fact the free Torchlight Procession is an amazing street parade and fireworks display.
So grab a torch and join the fun, friendly crowd as there make their way from the Royal Mile to Son et Lumiere Final Firework and Bonfire show on Calton Hill. A beautiful, memorable sight to see the special, historic Edinburgh streets illuminated with torch fire - well worth witnessing for any visitor!
Hogmanay Street Party
There's nothing like signing Auld Lang Sang amongst a street full of thousands of friends.
Edinburgh does New Year's Eve better than most. The Street Party sees over 80,000 people come to celebrate the past year and bring in the new one with friends, family and welcoming strangers from around the globe.
Taking place in the heart of Edinburgh city centre on Princes Street, the best live entertainment, DJ's keep the atmosphere electric and the city rocking right up until the bells and beyond. With giant screens, brilliant outdoor bars and a firework display to delight the whole crowd, it's a party unlike any other.
Dance all night long and celebrate the New Year in style. Attend the Concert in the Gardens for an experience you won't forget; outstanding live acts and the incredible scenery Edinburgh Castle is a special combination.
The Concert in the Gardens is a one of the top highlights of the year in Edinburgh, attracting visitors from far and wide who want to be part of the best New Year's party! Past acts to rock the gardens have included; Kasabian, Primal Scream, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Groove Armada and Friendly Fires. So you know regardless of the headline act you are in for one gloriously special night.
Huge headliners bring fantastic energy and the friendly, warm crowd is alive which ensures non-stop festive harmony. Spirits maybe high but temperatures most certainly won't be so make sure you wrap up warm, although with music this good, crowds this entertained and friends partying this much you might not mind.
The Keilidh at the Street Party
If you've never been to a ceilidh before or even if you have, The Keilidh at the Street Party is the pinnacle of all. A night of Scottish country dancing is the perfect way to throw yourself into our lovely Scottish culture.
Don't worry if you don't know all the steps to Strip the Willow or even any of them, beginners are more than welcome with expert guidance from the ceilidh caller that guides you through the steps for each dance. Not to mention the welcoming, sociable nature of all The Keilidh revellers who are all there to have a brilliant time.
A live band will have you on your feet and dancing the night away till the spectacular fireworks sign off an end to a great year and mark the beginning of a new.
If you have a slightly fuzzed head from the previous night's Hogmanay celebrations...or a perhaps a you're a bit mad, an Edinburgh tradition is to take a pilgrimage to the chilly waters of the Forth and have a dook (dunk) in the refreshing waters.
Blue faces are a common sight afterwards, some of which are William Wallace like face paint, some are just very cold.
Join the hundreds of brave souls and wade into the rather artic waters as a good luck custom for the New Year or stand on the warm shores with the iconic Forth Road Bridge for company and laugh as you see the 'dookers' take the plunge.