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Celebrate the New Year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Bring in 2012 in style by being part of the biggest and best New Year event in the world. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a three day gathering where people from all over the globe come together to enjoy festive events, fantastic bands and cultural highlights of the incredible city.

Hogmanay 2011 promises to be another extraordinary year for everyone involved and the three day party continues to get more impressive with age. From the 30th December 2011 until the 1st January 2012, attendees can make the most of all the activities available to them and be part of something that they are unlikely to ever forget.

The celebrations begin with a Torchlight Procession which leaves Parliament Square at 6:30pm on Friday 30th December. Hundreds of people will march together to Calton Hill Son et Lumiere and Fireworks Finale which is a fantastic display bound to get everyone in the mood for the upcoming festivities.

The Street Party and Concert in the Gardens starts on New Years Eve and goes on until the early hours of the morning. Ticket holders can dance the night away and enjoy fireworks at midnight whilst listening to a five star line-up including Primal Scream, Mark Ronson, Kassidy, X Factor’s Jade Richards and many more.

The more active attendees of Hogmanay can choose to participate in the UK’s biggest outdoor ceilidh. Dance through the bells at The Keilidh with the best traditional Scottish music, a Ceilidh Caller and an exclusive food and drink area where guests can relax whilst enjoying the views of the fireworks which will take place at midnight.

Many people around Edinburgh choose to start the New Year with a bit of a thrill by participating in the Loony Dook. This is an annual event which involves taking a splash in the River Forth which is just by the famous Forth Rail Bridge. Thousands have taken part in this crazy experience over the last 25 years and it has raised huge amounts of money for charities all across the UK as the registration fee includes a donation to the RNLI.

Those who would prefer to start 2012 with something a bit less crazy will feel right at home with the New Year Games. These will be taking place at a variety of locations around Edinburgh as is suitable for adults, children and families. All the events are free and anyone is welcome to simply turn up, choose a team and start competing for the Red Stag of the Donnies or the Silver Eagle of the Uppies.

With plenty to do at Hogmanay, there is sure to be something for everyone and it’s hardly surprising that thousands of people choose to attend year after year. To find out more information about the event, watch videos, see photos and book tickets, please click here.