Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s eve on foreign shores this year then I insist that you consider the Edinburgh Hogmanay Festival. It is by far one of the most wild and wonderful way to bring in a new year!


Thousands of people descend upon the old streets of Edinburgh to part take in a massive street party which includes one of the most astounding fireworks display with the Edinburgh castle as a backdrop. Enjoy the torch-light processions, live concerts, magic shows, comic acts, folk dances… there’s something for everyone. Join hands with your friends and everyone else to sing Burn’s Auld Lang Syne and if like me you don’t know the words just mouth any ol’ song along.


At the stroke of midnight be prepared to be backslapped, hugged and kissed by complete strangers. Yes, the Scots are friendly folks and the revelry is all in good taste.


And when you feel peckish there are innumerable food stalls and pubs to choose from. Remember, the more you get drunk the more you shall bond with Scotland! 


A word of caution, if you plan to spend the night in Edinburgh book a room well in advance as the hotels get filled up very early in the year… or else be prepared to sleep in the car, like I did.

{images via Getty Images}



  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog!! :)
    I really didn't know this festival, but sounds interesting, maybe I should go there on New Year's Eve soon!!
    See ya!


  2. I would so love to be able to attend this sometime - Edinburgh is my absolute favorite place in the world and this just looks like so much fun.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  3. I would love to go back for this ... It is truly a wonderful city with friendly people! :)

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  4. looks amazing! a close friend of mine lives in edinburgh but i've never spent new year there



  5. Que buenas imágenes!1 se ve divertido!! Besos

  6. my concern will be the weather, thus i rarely travel to EU during winter or in december. but after seeing this entry, hemmm.... i should change my mind? ehheh...

  7. This would be so much fun! I have always wanted to go to Scotland....and that time of year sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the advice about booking in advance :)

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  8. Ah, new years eve in Edinburgh! Amazing!

    I'm going to be in London this year but may look into Edinburgh for next year! Great photo's and you've sold it to me!

    Girl about Town XxX

  9. Anonymous8/23/2011

    WOW, that must be amazing! Love the pretty fireworks!

    Camila Faria

  10. seems like a different world...and so very tempting:-)

    and ain't u a lucky gal to have travelled to the best of exotic places:-)

  11. Thanks for sharing this, New Years in Edinburgh would be wonderful.
    Have never been, but one day would like to visit, especially with my Mother's family, were from Scotland.

    Happy week

  12. That first photo is gorgeous. Quite the enticement!

  13. this looks amazing! My parents acatually met in edinbourough..

  14. Edinburgh is the best place to be for New Year's Eve. The Hogmanay celebrations add an extra charm to the holiday. I was there with my husband in December and we had the best vacation ever.

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