City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Events

Format: 23 Oct 2018

Monday, January 1 2018

Time Items
All day
Before 11:00 am

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.

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.


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.

The new year starts with an extra day off work (for most).

11:00 am

The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year.

Please check event web site for latest times.

The New Year Sprint is an open 110m race, with a handicap start, that has taken place around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Professional and amateur sprinters compete for a £4000 first prize. The Sprint is part of a series of open, ladies, and youth races taking place over a distance of 60 metres up to 4 furlongs (approx 800 metres).