Traditionally, Hogmanay is marked in Scotland with friends and first footing at the strike of midnight in the New Year. The origins of Hogmanay are somewhat obscure although elements of it have been traced to Celtic, Pictish and Norse Winter Solstice traditions.
After it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Edinburgh's Hogmanay was due to return in 2021/2022 as a scaled back, four-day winter festival. However, on 21st December 2021 organisers announced the full Hogmanay programme has had to be cancelled due to new Covid-19 restrictions. All ticketholders will be contacted in January to arrange refunds.
Highlights include the Torchlight Procession on the 30th December, and Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on the 31st (read review, watch videos from previous years) where thousands of revellers jam into the city centre to see in the New Year.
The Street Party in 2021/2022 - with a reduced capacity of 30,000 - is being called "Party at the Bells", and the Torchlight Procession will be spread out across the city and over a longer time frame.
A concert series at Greyfriars Kirk will see popular folk musicians Dougie MacLean, Eddi Reader and Highland folksters Breabach perform.
Check the Edinburgh Weather forecast.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2021-2022 Programme
- Breabach in concert (Greyfriars Kirk)
- Edinburgh's Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
- Dougie MacLean in concert (Greyfriars Kirk)
- Eddi Reader in concert (Greyfriars Kirk)
- Hogmanay Street Party/ Party at the Bells
- Hogmanay Fireworks at Midnight
- Message from the Skies
- Auld Lang Syne at Hogmanay 2008/2009
- The Torchlight Procession - Hogmanay Kiss
- Fireworks on Calton Hill
- "The Longest Strip in the Willow in the World"
- Ceilidh Dancing at Edinburgh's Hogmanay
- On George Street at Edinburgh's Hogmanay
- Millennium Hogmanay Edinburgh's Hogmanay compilation
- 1,000 Bagpipers at Millennium Hogmanay Mass pipes and drums march down the Royal Mile on 30 December 1999.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Accommodation
Accommodation in Edinburgh fills up quickly so it pays to plan ahead.
For Hogmanay celebrations information for the rest of Scotland check out the Home of Hogmanay site at www.hogmanay.net