Edinburgh's Hogmanay, less than six months away
There may still be a long way to go, but tickets are already on sale for Edinburgh's Hogmanay, the amazing three-day party rounding off another great year in the world's leading festival city.
Details of all the great acts taking part will be announced in the coming months, but for those keen to get their end-of-year celebrations sorted well in advance, here's what we know so far.
30 December 2018
Join a river of fire, as 10,000 torchbearers make their way through the ancient streets of the Scottish capital, in a celebration based on Viking tradition and watched by tens of thousands of spectators.
The procession's route will take it down the Royal Mile towards the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, before finishing in Holyrood Park. There, a finale will mark the end of Scotland's Year of Young People, which 2017's Torchlight Procession got underway.
31 December 2018
Concert in the Gardens
At the very heart of Edinburgh's Hogmanay on the final night of the year, the Concert in the Gardens delivers great live music to lucky ticket holders, in the surrounds of the famous Princes Street Gardens.
And at midnight, with Edinburgh Castle soaring above the revellers, the sky ignites with light, sound and colour as a magnificent fireworks display marks the beginning of 2019.
One of the most iconic parts of Edinburgh';s Hogmanay, the Street Party sees tens of thousands of partygoers fill central Edinburgh in a huge open-air celebration.
There's live music across multiple stages, DJs and street entertainers, bonhomie by the bucketload and of course a fantastic view of the midnight fireworks, followed by a massive rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Ceilidh under the Castle
For a particularly traditional Scottish new year, it's hard to beat the always packed Ceilidh under the Castle. With eightsome reels aplenty and a lot of stripping the willow you'll have a fantastic time, even if it's your first taste of traditional Scottish dancing.
Plus there's the added bonus of enjoying the great live music and joyous jigging in a stunning setting right in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle,
While most of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay events on 31 December are late at night, that doesn't mean that the kids have to miss out, thanks to the Bairns Afore show.
This special family-friendly event takes place much earlier in the evening and includes live music and entertainment, plus a special fireworks finale to allow younger partygoers to enjoy the fun of New Year's Eve without missing bedtime!
While a huge amount of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are loud, energetic and a bit crazy, there's an oasis of calm to be enjoyed too, in the beautiful surroundings of St Giles' Cathedral.
A live orchestral performance will provide an altogether gentler end to the preceding twelve months in a truly atmospheric space in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.
1 January 2019
While the rest of the world sleeps off the night before, here's your chance to get properly woken up on the first day of 2019, with a dip into the icy waters of the River Forth.
In close proximity to the river's iconic bridges, about 1000 brave souls, bedecked in brightly-coloured costumes, will take the plunge in this hilarious and fun New Year's Day tradition! Do you dare?
Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a three day festival running from 30 December to 1 January - for more information and to book, visit the Edinburgh's Hogmanay website
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