18 great photos from Edinburgh's Hogmanay

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Did you experience the last edition of Edinburgh's Hogmanay? As always, it was truly spectacular with tens of thousands of people celebrating the end of 2017 and arrival of 2018 during three days of fun events.

To get you inspired for the impending Hogmanay celebrations, here's our 18 favourite photos from last year!

30 December 2017 - The Torchlight Procession

Edinburghs Hogmanay Torchlight Procession photo David Cheskin 7

A breathtaking start to Edinburgh's Hogmanay came as around twelve thousand torchbearers paraded down the historic Royal Mile, heading for Holyrood Park...

Edinburghs Hogmanay Torchlight Procession 23 Ian Georgeson

...all led, of course, by some pretty fearsome-looking Vikings. We think you would definitely want to be walking behind them, rather than having them march towards you!

Edinburghs Hogmanay Torchlight Procession 6 Ian Georgeson

The perfect opportunity for a quick selfie!

Torchlight Fireworks from Salisbury Crags at Edinburghs Hogmanay photo Ian Georgeson 4

Spectators took to the high ground to witness the river of fire as it moved past the Scottish Parliament while, high on Calton Hill, fireworks illuminated the skies.

Torchlight EdHogmanay BRAW ScotWord Photo Liam Anderstrem

And finally to Holyrood Park, where torchbearers helped spell out the word #Braw, chosen by the public to be the first #ScotWord as part of Scotland's Year of Young People 2018.

30 December 2017 - Bairns Afore, the Hogmanay Street Party and the Concert in the Gardens

Edinburghs Hogmanay Bairns Afore Ian Georgeson 23

Making sure that even those with a bedtime well before midnight got to enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations, the new Bairns Afore event gave young revellers a taste of the grown-up party to come just a few hours later, with some fab live music and fireworks.

Edinburghs Hogmanay Bairns Afore Ian Georgeson 19

These young partygoers had a great time at Bairns Afore... and how great are those glasses?!

RagNBone Man Edinburghs Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens 1 Ian Georgeson

Later that evening, acclaimed singer-songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man headlined the main event, making for a soulful start to 2018. This year's headliners will no doubt please the crowds in equal measure as indie-pop supremos Franz Ferdinand take to the stage. 

RagnBone Man Edinburghs Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens 3 Ian Georgeson

Partygoers in the crowd certainly enjoyed the Concert in the Gardens!

Edinburghs Hogmanay 2018 Street Party Chris Watt

All along Princes Street, tens of thousands of people enjoyed street performers and live music across multiple stages, dancing the night away as midnight approached.

Edinburghs Hogmanay 2018 Midnight Fireworks Ian Rutherford 5

And when magic midnight moment arrived, the crowds were treated to a jaw-dropping fireworks display, as viewed at a distance here from Calton Hill...

Edinburghs Hogmanay Midnight Moment 1 David Cheskin

...and much closer up from the big wheel in the city-centre! The familiar strains of Auld Lang Syne rang out as 2018 arrived and the party went on into the night.

1 January 2018 - The Looney Dook and Message from the Skies

Edinburghs Hogmanay Loony Dook Chris Watt 20

As morning came on New Year's Day around a thousand brave souls took part in the ever-popular Loony Dook at South Queensferry, with a fantastic range of costumes on display!

Edinburghs Hogmanay Loony Dook Chris Watt 3

Not content with being in the freezing water of the River Forth, these chaps decided to take a bath at the same time!

Edinburghs Hogmanay Loony Dook Chris Watt 68

Meanwhile, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty took a patriotic plunge - mostly likely followed by a star-spangled towel...

Edinburghs Hogmanay Loony Dook David Cheskin 3

...and we found out that the Yellow Brick Road actually diverts briefly into East Central Scotland!

Edinburghs Hogmanay Message from the Skies Regent Bridge Chris Watt

Back on dry land, the Message from the Skies project led participants on a cross-city treasure hunt to find some of Edinburgh's most famous spaces illuminated with images and stories...

Edinburghs Hogmanay Message from the Skies Regent Bridge Chris Watt 4

...not to mention what might be read as a statement of intent for the year ahead - 2018, we're coming to get you!

Edinburgh's Hogmanay tickets are still available, so visit the Hogmanay website to find out what's on and how to book!

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All images © Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Photographs by:

  • David Cheskin
  • Ian Georgeson
  • Liam Anderstrem
  • Chris Watt
  • Ian Rutherford

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