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Hogmanay 2018 - welcome in the New Year in Edinburgh


The city of Edinburgh will be welcoming in 2018 in spectacular style, with a programme of Hogmanay 2018 celebrations.

There will be four main strands to the celebrations:

  • Torchlight procession
  • Ceilidh under the castle
  • Candlelit concert
  • Street party

Torchlight procession

Herald the end of the year with a torchlight procession on 30 December, to mark the opening of Edinburgh's New Year celebrations. You are invited to either participate in the parade as a torch-bearer or watch the procession as it wends its way from St Giles Street along a route which ends at Palace of Holyroodhouse, followed by a fireworks display. More details here.

Street party

The street party begins at 7pm on 31 December, as people from around the world prepare to bring in the New Year in Edinburgh. Acts already announced are Human League, Niteworks and Colonel Mustard - with two stages at Waverley and East End. The event is open to those aged 12 and over and tickets are £26, available from the 2018 Hogmanay website.

Candlelit concert

Come along to St Giles Cathedral on 31 December for a carol service by candlelight, which will open with with J.S.Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F BWV 233. The concert will feature the world-renowned, Austrian Rieger organ heard in Handel’s Organ Concerto Op 4 No 2 in B flat played by Peter Backhouse, with the concert concluding in a showpiece finale of Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Tickets £19.50.

Ceilidh Under the Castle

Enjoy a traditional ceilidh in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle starting at 8.30pm on 31 December and finishing with a fireworks display at midnight. Tickets £52.50.

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