Edinburgh's Hogmanay

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Pyro Celtica at Edinburgh's Hogmanay
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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.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2023/2024 will be a 4-day programme starting with the Torchlight Procession.

The programme is being put together by event organisers UniqueAssembly (a partnership between Unique Events and Assembly Festival) and it will see the return of the Torchlight Procession on the 30th December 2023, after it was cancelled in recent years, due to Covid-19 and the aftermath. 

This is being called the 30th anniversary year of Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival 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.

Check the Edinburgh Weather forecast.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Programme 2023-2024

29 December

30 December

31 December

1 January

Traditional 1st January events:

Video clips

Edinburgh's Hogmanay night buses and trams

Lothian Buses and City Link run at Hogmanay, and there is usually a free tram service from midnight to 5am from St Andrew Square to Edinburgh Airport.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Cancellations

Events at Edinburgh's Hogmanay have been cancelled over the years for weather reasons and due to Covid-19. 

Edinburgh's Hogmanay was cancelled in 2020/2021 due to the pandemic, and 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 was cancelled due to new Covid-19 restrictions.

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

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