Edinburgh Hogmanay: see in the New Year in style

Edinburgh is a mecca for all those who really want to bring in the New Year with style. The city is famous for its arts and culture, and Hogmanay is no different with a huge variety of entertainment on offer

Above: Unforgettable New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

The festive season extends far further than just Christmas – there are the New Year celebrations to look forward to and few mark the occasion with more enthusiasm than the Scots.

Each Hogmanay (the Scottish name for New Year’s Eve), following a loud rendition of Roberts Burn’s folk song Auld Lang Syne at mignight, Scots visit each other’s houses in a custom called first-footing. The first person to cross the threshold on New Year’s Day becomes the first-footer and must bring with them a lump of coal (to signify warmth for the year ahead), a piece of cake (to ensure there’ll be enough food) and salt (for wealth).

One of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations takes place in Edinburgh, from Thursday 30 December to Sunday 2 January. There’s a packed programme of spectacular events with music, dance, literature, art, sporting events and an all new programme of concerts for New Year’s Day.



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