City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party


By edg - Posted on 19 July 2017

Edinburgh's Hogmanay on New Year's Eve
Event details
Time: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 7:00pm - Monday, January 1, 2018 - 1:00am
Venue: 
Edinburgh Castle
Venue: 
Castle Street
Telephone (box office): 
0844 573 8455

The Street Party (tickets, review) is perhaps the best-known event in the 3-day Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival. The New Year street party is a ticketed event that in 2017-2018 runs for seven hours the length of Princes Street, with live bands, a carnival atmosphere and dancing in the street.

Hogmanay Programme

Tickets are on sale but details of this year's 25th anniversary Hogmanay street party under new organisers Underbelly will be announced in September. Here's last year's line-up to give you a flavour of what's to come.

  1. Waverley Stage: The Charlatans headline.
  2. Castle Stage Celtic inspired sounds from Salsa Celtica, Manran, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton.
  3. The Frederick Stage Disco and singalong classics with DJs/dancers Guilty Pleasures. VJ’s Buttercup and Pixel will provide visuals.
  4. Mound Stage Jazz & Blues themed stage with Edinburgh favourites James Brown is Annie, Brass Gumbo and Blues n Trouble.

There's also traditional music and dancing at the popular, ticketed Old Town Ceilidh and the headline Concert in the Gardens (you need a paid ticket for both of these stages.)

Following countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm, the street party climaxes with the bells of Big Ben at midnight, and a dramatic fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle and from Calton Hill to herald in the New Year. This is followed by a joining of hands as the crowd sings Auld Lang Syne, a kissathon, and more partying into the wee wee hours both on the street and around the city.

The festivities get going when the stages and screens go live at 9pm. Access is by street party ticket and booze is permitted so long as it is not in cans and glass containers. There are also some pay bars and food outlets within the street party arena which are open from 7pm. Ticket pass-outs are not permitted (leaving the arena and trying to gain re-entry) and there is also no entry after 11pm.

Tickets

Tickets in 2017 are £25.00 (plus £1 booking fee) from the Hogmanay Box office. There is a 20% discount for a limited number of EH postcode tickets (first come first served basis).

Hogmanay Night Transport

Lothian Buses provides a free Hogmanay NightBus service from 00:20-04:00.

Television coverage and Hogmanay livestreams

In the past Hogmanay has been broadcast live on television by Sky News and the BBC have webcast the celebrations.

In 2011/2012, there was a 1 hour live video stream starting at 11.30pm, with viewing limited to 20,000, on a first come/first served basis. The webcast was archived until Tuesday 2 January 2012, 11pm (GMT).

You can also try and catch the celebrations on Edinburgh webcams although the feeds are usually unable to handle the spike in Hogmanay traffic.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party History

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party has been scaled back over the years. When Unique Events started organising the Street Party in 1993 it was a free, non-ticketed event.

Then in 1999, huge crowds of around 300,000 crushed into the city centre and railings collapsed on Princes Street, with hundreds of revellers injured. Organisers responded by creating a gated area within the city centre for the 1997-1998 Hogmanay Street Party.

The event has since gone from around 180,000 revellers of the millennium Hogmanay party to around 80,000 within a smaller cordoned-off area. 

The Street Party was cancelled in 2003-2004 and in 2006-2007 due to bad weather conditions, in particular strong winds.

The event has been affected in the past by ongoing tram works.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party Tickets, News & Info

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