City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Events


Format: 14 Dec 2017

Sunday, December 31 2017

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Before 5:00 pm

Christmas, or Xmas for non-believers, used to be a quiet period in Edinburgh. It's less so now, although (Edinburgh's Hogmanay aside) it's still not quite as mad as the hurlyburly of the Edinburgh Festival in August.

Traditionally, Hogmanay is marked in Scotland with friends and first footing at the strike of midnight in the New Year.

5:00 pm

Bairns Afore is an hour-long family hogmanay celebration, complete with mini fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle and West Princes Street Gardens, for those with early bedtimes.

7:00 pm

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.

8:00 pm

Traditional ceilidh dancing for up to 3,600 people in the West End of West Princes Street Garden.

If you don't know the steps there will be callers.

Tickets

9:00 pm

The Concert in the Gardens, part of the 3-day Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival, takes place in a ticketed area in Princes Street Gardens West within the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party arena. The Ross Band stand provides a dramatic setting under Edinburgh Castle rock.