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Hogmanay 2020-2021

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

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Come to Edinburgh to spend Hogmanay like Scots do–with street parties and gallons of whiskey. Among one of the world’s biggest New Year celebrations, Hogmanay is a unique way to have a fresh start. On December 30,​ join the torchlight procession along with thousands of other people through Edinburgh starting from George IV Bridge and ending on Calton Hill.

Torchlight procession and fireworks on Calton Hill, Edinburgh 2020
Torchlight procession and fireworks on Calton Hill, Edinburgh
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The end of the procession is marked by an impressive show of fireworks and a large-scale bonfire, seen even beyond the city. Then, on Hogmanay itself, after a bustling night,the party moves to Princes Street, beneath the castle, in the heart of the city. Join the crowds of revellers as they party their way into the new, fresh year. Their final destination is at the Concert in the Gardens and that is where you should be as well. You can listen to live music and you should definitely stop at one of the outdoor bars.

Torchlight procession along Higt Street towards St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh 2020
Torchlight procession along Higt Street towards St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
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Finally, the day is ending and you are ready to step into the New Year. The bells at the midnight and the fireworks that practically swallow the Edinburgh Castle for several minutes mark the transition over the years. However, if your feet are still moving, you should know that there is a wide number of fire festivals, which celebrate Hogmanay. You should not miss them.

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