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5 Things to Do at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2016/17

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presents three days of fantastic events for all the family – can you believe New Year is only a month away?! The countdown has started…We’ve asked the Hogmanay guys to share five events you shouldn’t miss out on this year, and here they are without further introductions!

1. Carry a flaming torch through the streets of Edinburgh in the Torchlight Procession

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2016 - Torchlight Procession audience - credit Chris Watt

The Torchlight Procession on 30th December is the spectacular opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Carry a torch for charity and help to create a river of fire through Edinburgh’s city centre, as 10,000 people carry flaming torches from the Old Town to Calton Hill and the son et lumière fireworks finale. Torches should be purchased in advance as they will sell out (£12 incl booking fee), additional wristbands can be purchased alongside torches for £3. One torch to a group of up to four people is recommended.

2. Dance your way into 2017 at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Street Party Waverley Stage (c) Chris Watt

With different genres represented across four stages including funk, dance, celtic and indie, this year’s Street Party offers something for everyone. Guilty Pleasures headline the Frederick Stage and provide the sound track to the Street Party, with a blistering set of disco anthems and pop classics broadcast on giant screens throughout the arena, accompanied by live visuals from VJs Buttercup and Pixel. Music legends The Charlatans headline the Waverley Stage, Salsa Celtica top a bill of leading celtic crossover acts on the Castle Stage, and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival bring some of the finest Scottish jazz, funk and blues acts to the Mound Stage.

3. Celebrate the New Year with the spectacular Midnight Moment fireworks display

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2016 - Fireworks from Edinburgh Castle credit Chris Watt

With four fireworks displays throughout the evening, you’ve got plenty of time to pick your spot, whether on Princes Street, if you are enjoying the Street Party, or at one of the many other great vantage points across the City – the Meadows and Inverleith Park are both popular. Countdown fireworks lift from Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens at 9.00pm, 10.00pm and 11.00pm and the spectacular Midnight Moment fireworks lift from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill at Midnight.

4. Enjoy some family fun at Sprogmanay


Bairns can enjoy Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with a specially tailored programme of children’s events. Explore the National Museum of Scotland and enjoy art, words and sounds from across Scotland. Running from 30 Dec – 1 Jan, the museum will be a hub for family-friendly celebrations featuring arts and crafts, live music, a specially designed map trail, storytelling and a special Lantern Procession, in advance of our Torchlight Procession on 30th December.

5. Scot:Lands returns to Edinburgh’s Old Town


On the first day of 2017, set the compass and take an adventurous journey across Edinburgh’s Old Town. Discover the landscape of Scot:Lands, a unique one day festival, offering a free programme of music, art and theatre, created and curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists and musicians. Scot:Lands takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 1 January across nine remarkable and surprising spaces and this year features work from as far afield as the Orkney Islands, Galloway and the Highlands. For more details on Edinburgh’s Hogmanay visit www.edinburghshogmanay.com

Spend Hogmanay in Edinburgh!

Make your New Year weekend truly unique this year and come to Scotland to experience everything we’ve listed in this article! We still have several homes available for the holidays, homes with that special warm atmosphere that will make you feel instantly welcome. Search our homes here.


54 St Mary’s Street is a calm oasis in the middle of the Old Town.

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