Perfect – You’ve found you’re way to my Guide to Hogmanay in Edinburgh!! Have you been to Hogmanay? Perhaps the most famous festival in Scotland and best way to spend NYE hands down? No??! Well book your tickets to Edinburgh for this years amazing festival and you will not be disappointed (well actually also make sure you sort everything early to avoid hassle and last minute frustrations as you will really, really struggle last minute here!!)
I know it’s well into February now but I still felt the need to share my Guide to Hogmanay in Edinburgh as I am not normally one for big NYE celebrations! This is largely because I have always had to work the day off and after in Auckland (and in New Zealand we celebrate in festivals in vineyards not in the city!). The one year I had off I went to Paris and I kid you not, this was the year they decided not to do fireworks… Seriously, everyone around the Eiffel Tower and midnight comes with only a twinkle of its lights and a few champagne bottles popped! Luckily now though it looks like they have relented and it’s back to fireworks as every major city should do…. But I have to say Edinburgh does them the best, or atleast close to it (I mean come on have you seen the videos of Dubai!)
Visiting at another time of year? Not to fret, check out this awesome guide of free things to do in Scotland here
But it’s rich tradition, festive attitude and the coming together of young and old on crowded streets in the middle of winter that make Hogmanay something special. The annual Hogmanay celebration was originally an informal street party in the Old Town under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle , but since 1993 it has become more organized and official. In 1996, over 300,000 people attended which the Guinness Book of Records announced as the world’s largest New Year party but since then tickets for the main street party have a limit of roughly 100,000 tickets.
Just so, so, so many people…But I still loved it! Just don’t try to move too much and you will love it!
I really haven’t experienced anything like it and with the ability to take your own drinks, listen to wicked music and celebrate with people you have never meet who you will get way to close too…. I just loved every moment of it! And if the night time festivities are not enough to convince you, there is actually activities all spread out across 4-5 days to make it worth your while! You can find the full event program here but the other massive highlights are the torchlight procession and the Loony Dook (where everyone flings themselves into the freezing cold river dressed in crazy costumes – only in Scotland!)
I still have no idea who this band is but I would love to find out. The electric violin in particular was just superb! Amazing concert, drinks and fireworks…What more could you want really!?
It’s something I will cherish for the rest of my life and hope to go back to again soon!! So go ahead, book your tickets now – get your accommodation sorted while it’s cheap (ish), find a flight and away you go!! A few days either side to make a quick detour to the highlands also wouldn’t go amiss 😉