Edinburgh's Hogmanay party returns once again for new year's eve 2019, bigger and better than ever with a host of events and attractions making up one of the world's most iconic new year celebrations.
It's one of those places everyone should go at least once in their lifetime, a genuine "I've been there" type of experience, and this year the party is also available to a global audience with the addition of a live online stream to take the party worldwide!
The cannon on Edinburgh Castle, fired by the locally famous Tam the Gun on the stroke of midnight, provides a highlight of the evening, and is immediately followed by a large fireworks display, for which the castle itself, perched majestically at the peak of the city, and viewable for miles around, provides a wonderful central point.
Along the length of Princes Street and the adjacent eponymous Gardens the city comes alive with festivities - around 100,000 revellers will gather to bring in 2019 in style.
One of the world's biggest outdoor parties means that the local council has no choice other than to limit the number of people who can get in, meaning you must have a street party pass to enter the Princes St Edinburgh New Years Eve party - you can now buy your Street Party Pass online via the official Hogmanay website here.
The Waverley Stage at the Hogmanay street party always has a big name headline act, who this year will electropop legends The Human League, supported by Sacred Paws and Niteworks. The party will be hosted by Sanjeev Kholi (Naveed from Still Game!)
The East End Stage will feature live performances by Barns Courteney and headline act Treacherous Orchestra.
The Castle Street Stage will by the scene for live DJs playing lively party tunes all night, and also offers some of the best vioews of the castle and midnight fireworks.
The fireworks over the Castle are of course one of the main highlights of the evening, and the best viewing areas away from the big street party include Calton Hill and Waterloo Place. A little further out you can also watch the display from Lothian Road bridge, Bruntsfield Place, Salisbury Crags or Inverleith Park.
There are actually several displays this new year's eve from the Castle, taking place at 5.50pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, and 12 midnight. There are also 2 shorter displays on December 30th at 8pm and 9pm from Calton Hill.
The Concert in the Gardens, held in the gorgeous Princes Street Gardens is always one of the highlights of the evening's entertainment. Be aware this does require a seperate ticket, and they do sell out very quickly.
One of the headline acts for this year has now been named as Rag'n'Bone Man, who will be supported by Declan McKenna and Nina Nesbitt.
The new year's eve offerings in Edinburgh are being continually expanded these days - also this year we have:
-Torchlight Procession on 30th December, starts from George IV Bridge at 7pm.
-Candelight Concert with classical music at St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Starts at 7.30pm, tickets are required.
-Loony Dook - for the brave of perhaps foolhardly only, this is a parade down the High Street, followed by a New Year's Day dip in the Forth River at South Queensferry.
This year also sees the return of The Ceilidh, now rebranded as the Old Town Ceilidh a massive outdoor dancefloor ceilidh, open to all-comers and bringing this traditional Gaelic dance to a wider audience on the High Street and Parliament Square.
Away from the main, official celebrations, the bars and restaurants of the city's Grassmarket will be packed and buzzing, with Molly Malone's, the Bee Hive Inn, Biddy Mulligan's, The Last Drop Tavern and The White Hart Inn among the perennial favourites. Many of Edinburgh's bars do tend to be ticket only on NYE though, so make sure you check in advance and give yourself plenty of time to make the appropriate arrangements.
There are plenty of top notch restaurant choices for your new year dining experience in Edinburgh - personal favourites in my carnivorous days were the Witchery at the Castle and The Tower Restaurant, although these days I prefer the vegetarian and vegan fayre on offer at Hendersons. Whatever you preference you would be wise to reserve a table in plenty of time - see the full range of eating options here.
This new year's eve there is an official live stream of the Hogmanay party in Edinburgh for the first time, you canw atch live online via the event's official website:
There are also several excellent webcam views in the city, including live views from Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street:
There will also be Hogmanay live coverage on BBC Scotland
If you're planning on visiting Edinburgh over the New Year period, then early reservation is very strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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