City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks


By edg - Posted on 24 October 2016

Edinburgh Castle Fireworks
Event details
Time: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 12:00am - 12:10am
Venue: 
Edinburgh Castle

As Edinburgh's Hogmanay builds to the midnight bells "countdown firework" displays take place at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm on New Year's Eve, with a climactic fireworks display at the turn of the New Year.

The crowd counts down in unison, then as the clocks announce the start of a new day, a new month, and a new year, the fireworks explode out of Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill.

Thousands gather below the castle, many at the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on Princes Street, for this annual display which can be seen from vantage points across the city.

Revellers with tickets to the Concert in the Gardens are directly under the display in West Princes Street Gardens.

Calton Hill provides a longer range view of the Hogmanay Street Party and fireworks at midnight. However, the council announced that the hill will be closed in 2016 from 7pm through to 1am on 1st January, citing safety reasons, saying "the hill is unlit and uneven under foot".

Following the fireworks, revellers across the country lock arms to sing Auld Lang Syne.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay organisers introduced the on-the-hour, Countdown Fireworks displays in 2012/2013.