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Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) 2023

Hogmanay is a unique way to celebrate the New Year with torchlights, bonfires, fireworks, and loads of music

Dates: December 29, 2023–January 1, 2024

Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)
Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)
Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)
Hogmanay fireworks over Edinburgh taken from the top of Calton Hill
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Come to Edinburgh to spend Hogmanay with street parties and gallons of whiskey. One of the world’s biggest New Year celebrations, Hogmanay is a unique way to have a fresh start.

Torchlight Procession (December 29, 2023)

The celebration starts with the atmospheric torchlight procession with thousands of participants. The event runs from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, starting at the Meadows and ending at City Centre. Before the start of the procession, the public is entertained by live street theatre, fire performers, pipe bands, and drummers. The end of the parade is marked by an impressive show of fireworks and a large-scale bonfire, seen even beyond the city.

Hogmanay celebration also features a bustling street party at West Princes Street Gardens. Join the crowds of revelers as they party their way into the new, fresh year. You can listen to live music and you should definitely stop at one of the outdoor bars.

The three-day celebration culminates with the New Year's Eve concert at West Princes Street Gardens. The bells at midnight and the fireworks rock the Edinburgh Castle for several minutes, marking the transition over the years. However, if your feet are still moving, you should know that there is a huge number of parties and bonfire events, which celebrate Hogmanay. You should not miss them!

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