Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Hundreds of people, many in fancy dress, welcomed in a new year and a new decade by dousing themselves in the chill waters of the North Sea.

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

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the 2020-2021 Hogmanay Street Party has been called off. Hopefully, it will be back on 31st December 2021.


In 2019, Edinburgh's Hogmanay introduced a livestream of the street party, which was viewable around the world for the first time. The live cast was hosted by the Mac Twins and featured music acts and street theatre from around the Hogmanay arena and the fireworks at midnight. The 16-camera live stream cost a reported £200,000 and ran from 7.30pm on 31st December 2019 until 1am, 1st January 2020. The livecast was not archived for later viewing. 

Around 40,000 people gathered for this year’s Torchlight Procession, the opening event

The three day Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival 2019/2020 kicks off on the evening of Monday 30th with the

This year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and the midnight fireworks will be live streamed

There's nothing like a whirling, birling ceilidh dance at hogmanay to see in the new year.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has revealed ten pipe and drum bands will be taking part in this year’s

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.

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This year is the 151st anniversary year, and will see professional and amateur sprinters compete for a £5,000 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).

Revellers this Hogmanay will be able to travel on Edinburgh Trams between the West End and Edinburgh Airport without buying a ticket home after rin