City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party


By edg - Posted on 22 October 2013

Edinburgh's Hogmanay on New Year's Eve
Event details
Time: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 9:00pm - Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 1:00am
Venue: 
Edinburgh Castle
Venue: 
Castle Street
Telephone (box office): 
0844 573 8455

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 takes place the length of Princes Street, with live bands, dancing in the street, and street theatre troupes mingling with crowds.

Following countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm, the street party climaxes with the bells of Big Ben at midnight, and a dramatic fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle and from Calton Hill to herald in the New Year. This is followed by a joining of hands as the crowd sings Auld Lang Syne, a kissathon, and more partying into the wee wee hours both on the street and around the city.

The festivities get going when the stages and screens go live at 9pm. Access is by street party ticket and booze is permitted so long as it is not in cans and glass containers. There are also some pay bars and food outlets within the street party area. Ticket pass-outs are not permitted (leaving the arena and trying to gain re-entry) and there is also no entry after 11pm.

Tickets are  £20.00 administration plus booking fee. There is a limited number of EH postcode tickets available at £16.00 administration plus booking fee.

The Concert In The Gardens and The Keilidh also takes place within the Street Party cordon, although these require separate paid tickets to get into.

2013-2014: 4 Stages with live bands & 1 DJ stage

  1. Waverley Stage: Edinburgh’s very own Mercury Prize nominees Django Django are joined by Glasgow synth-pop outfit Chvrches, and guitar-blasting The Rezillos.
  2. Keilidh Stage: Hugh McDairmid’s Haircut, Black Rose Ceilidh Band and Box Fizz. 
  3. The Scottish Stage: Fife’s Mercury Nominated King Creosote, are joined by the Shetland collective Fiddlers’ Bid, and Treacherous Orchestra.
  4. The Mound DJ Stage: A new initiative in 2012/2013 was "REW1ND3R: The Biggest Party – In Years" which playing hits from over 60 years (1953 - 2013), each year selected at random by a Wheel of Fortune. Details for this Hogmanay stage in 2013/2014 TBA.
  5. Princes Street Gardens: Last but not least, the headline event in the 21st anniversary Hogmanay Street Party is the Concert in the Gardens (which you need a ticket for AS WELL AS a street party ticket) The concert is headlined in 2013-14 by Pet Shop Boys.

Television coverage and Hogmanay livestreams

In the past Hogmanay has been broadcast live on television by Sky News and the BBC have webcast the celebrations.

In 2011/2012, there was a 1 hour live video stream starting at 11.30pm, with viewing limited to 20,000, on a first come/first served basis. The webcast was archived until Tuesday 2 January 2012, 11pm (GMT).

You can also try and catch the celebrations on Edinburgh webcams although the feeds are usually unable to handle the spike in Hogmanay traffic.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party History

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party has been scaled back over the years. When Unique Events started organising the Street Party in 1993 it was a free, non-ticketed event.

Then in 1999, huge crowds of around 300,000 crushed into the city centre and railings collapsed on Princes Street, with hundreds of revellers injured. Organisers responded by creating a gated area within the city centre for the 1997-1998 Hogmanay Street Party.

The event has since gone from around 180,000 revellers of the millennium Hogmanay party to around 80,000 within a smaller cordoned-off area. 

The Street Party was cancelled in 2003-2004 and in 2006-2007 due to bad weather conditions, in particular strong winds.

The event has been affected in the past by ongoing tram works.

Free night buses are laid on for revellers.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party Tickets, News & Info

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Reviews