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Head to Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2019

28 November 2019 | Maisy Farren

There’s plenty of New Year’s Eve celebrations going on up and down the UK, but Scotland are well known for going that little bit further in celebrating December 31st. Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of New Year’s, with its own selection of traditions, foods and songs to along with it. The party goes on for so long that Scottish residents are given the 1st AND 2nd of January off as a Bank Holiday – perfect for seeing in the new year with a two-day hangover! Check out our guide to celebrating Scottish Hogmanay in the country’s capital. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party
Princes Street, Parliament Square and Bank Street 
 
Taking over the city on NYE is Edinburgh’s amazing street party, with over 11 music acts, three stages and street, circus and pyrotechnic performers on offer for ticket holders. A celebration of Scotland’s favourite night of the year, the event is hosted by Johnnie Walker whiskey and offers the chance to enjoy whiskey cocktails and other drinks in the run up to midnight. You’re welcome to bring some alcohol along with you into the arena, however bear in mind that kids over 12 are welcome to the event, so it’s not just strictly one for the grown-ups.  At midnight the legendary Mark Ronson will perform a DJ set to choregraphed fireworks – an unforgettable introduction to the brand-new decade! 
 
Mark Ronson’s Hogmanay in the Gardens
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG
 
Fancy a bit more Mark Ronson? The legendary, Grammy and Oscar winning DJ is performing a full set at the city’s Princes Gardens on the night, culminating in his midnight performance alongside the Edinburgh Castle fireworks. Playing hits from his 20-years in the music industry, expect to hear absolute bangers like Uptown Funkand Valerie. The (admittedly pricey) ticket includes a wristband to the Street Party, but sadly you can’t bring your own alcohol along for this event. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Glitterati 2019
Brewhemia, 1A Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
 
Don’t fancy spending the entire night outdoors? Head down to Edinburgh’s famous Brewhemia for their glamorous Glitterati event. Line the stomach with a tasty five-course meal, which features local venison and Scottish salmon, along with plenty of prosecco and after dinner schnapps. Entertainment comes curtesy of The Creative Clique, who will be performing a jaw-dropping cocktail of cabaret, drag and music in a fabulously 1920's style. Later on, Glasgow locals Tom McGuire & the Brassholes will be performing modern-soul-funk until the ball drops. Be sure to dress-to-impress, this night will certainly be a wonderful night to see you into 2020. 

Candlelit Concert
St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE

Fancy taking things at a slower pace? Enjoy a magical evening with the St Giles’ Cathedral Choir and St Giles’ Camerata, performing wonderful music in the candle lit 12 century church. The show includes a performance of J.S.Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Antonio Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus. This event starts at 6pm, ensuring you’ve got the rest of your evening left to watch the city’s fireworks, see in the new year with a wee dram or even go home for an early night. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Loony Dook
South Queensferry, EH30 9HR
 
Ok, so this event technically takes place on 1 January, not 31 December. However, the Loony Dook is as important a Hogmanay event as any here in Scotland. It involves parading down South Queensferry in dressed in last night’s get-up, ridiculous fancy dress or almost naked, then plunging into the freezing cold waters of the Firth of Forth – yep, you read that right! People do this to raise money for charity, see in the new year in the most ridiculous way possible and wipe away the cobwebs from one too many Hogmanay whiskeys. Don’t fancy taking the plunge? It’s completely free just to come down and watch. 
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