Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay have doubled the price of tickets to the annual Hogmanay Street Party.

Edinburgh-based Unique Events has been chosen to produce Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. Unique has been involved in the organisation of the New Year festival for the last 15 years.

A free, family-orientated event, the NIght Afore was introduced as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay events in 2000 after the success of the main Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on New Year's Eve. Running for several years in 2008 it was called the Dancin'.

The weather was dreich and X Factor winner and christmas chart-topper Leon Jackson couldn't sing after all because he had tonsillitis, but spirits were far from dampened at last night's Hogmanay festivities in Edinburgh.

For those worried about a repetition of last year's Hogmanay debacle where gale force winds caused the organisers to cancel the Hogmanay celebrations at the last minute, the weather outlook for tonight's bash is relatively encouraging.

The final of one of the oldest professional athletics races in the world takes place today at Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh. The New Year Sprint final has taken place around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Today racers compete in the 139th event.

The 8th annual Whisky Distillers Fair takes place today at the Scotch Whisky Experience from 11am. Distillers attending the tasting experience include Dewar's, Tullibardine, Bowmore, Tomatin, Glenfarclaus and Bunnahabain.

For those awake, here's some events - all of which happen to revolve around the big, blustery expanse of Holyrood Park - to blow out the cob webs on New Year's Day.

Controversy seems to follow brilliant-but-flawed fiddler Ashley MacIssac - and some of the outrageous stories he has propagated have without a doubt been part of the reason that we have not heard more of him.

Edinburgh's Dogmanay takes place on the first day of each year at Holyrood Park. Edinburgh cannot rely on snow, so teams of Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed and
Siberian Huskies from all over Scotland pull custom-made three-wheeled
rigs around a set course.