Edinburgh New Years
Edinburgh New Years Eve celebrations aren't just held on New Years Eve or New Years Day. This Scottish capital actually celebrates the New Year over the course of four days, and the collective festival is known as Hogmanay. The Edinburgh Hogmanay tickets sell out fast every year, and this has a lot to do with the excellent variety of events that the festival has to offer. The main highlight is arguably the Hogmanay Street Party, though there is no discounting the Concert in the Gardens, the Resolution Concert, or the wonderful Torchlight Procession that serves as the opening event. Most of the events cater to people of all ages, and you can bet that the Edinburgh hotels and hostels fill up fast as it all approaches.
Hogmanay breaks to Edinburgh are very popular, partly because of the fact that so many people in the UK have time off during the Christmas and New Years season. Should you wish to enjoy the fun 2016 Edinburgh Hogmanay festivities, arriving in the city by December 30 is recommended, as this is when everything gets started. The Torchlight Procession kicks things off on the eve of December 30 and is capped off by a fireworks display at Calton Hill. The procession itself starts at 6:30 p.m. at Parliament Square and features thousands of people carrying wax based torches. Vikings lead the way, and you can purchase a torch and join in if you please. Choose to observe the parade instead, and you won't have to pay a thing. It's a free event.
Among the main Edinburgh New Years events is the famed Hogmanay Street Party. Exactly what it sounds like, this party is held in the streets, and among other things, it features four stages for live entertainment, a collection of outdoor bars, and DJs to keep the tunes going when bands aren't playing. At midnight, Edinburgh's renowned Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks display signals in grand fashion that the New Year has officially started. It's a verifiable party indeed, and every year, some 100,000 people take part in the fun and take plenty of New Years pictures. You can purchase Edinburgh Hogmanay tickets for the Street Party alone, or purchase tickets that include other events as well.
When planning Hogmanay Breaks to Edinburgh, many people try to secure tickets that also include admission to the Concert in the Gardens. Also held on New Years Eve, this event welcomes big name acts to a stage that has the beautiful Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. Food stands and bars are present at this very popular concert event, and your ticket will allow you access to the Hogmanay Street Party if you want to check that out as well.
Should your Scotland vacation see you spending New Years Day 2016 in Edinburgh, then you can consider adding the Resolution Concert to your itinerary. Held in the evening on New Years Day, this concert event also features well-known acts, not to mention food stands and bars that patrons can take advantage of. Edinburgh Hogmanay tickets that allow for admission to the Resolution Concert also include admission to the Street Party. Both the Resolution Concert and the Concert in the Gardens are outdoor events, as is true of many other Hogmanay events, so you'll want to dress appropriately for the weather.
The different events that relate to the Edinburgh Hogmanay Festival are quite numerous and varied, so you might consider all of the options when planning your visit. Whatever you have in mind, arranging everything well in advance is recommended. This is one of the biggest New Years celebrations in Europe, if not the world. More than 500,000 people choose to enjoy the festivities on an annual basis, and as you might expect, the Edinburgh hotels fill up fast. As a side note, you can also consider enjoying the Hogmanay celebrations that are held in other Scotland destinations. Glasgow and Aberdeen are among the larger cities that also throw all-night celebrations, and every region has their own traditions. It's a time of great celebration across the country.
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