How to spend Hogmanay in Edinburgh 2010/2011
The best events in Edinburgh for bringing in the New Year
Thu 30 Dec
Kick off your new year revels by heading to the temporarily renamed Resolution Square (otherwise known as The Mound precinct) at 5pm and enjoying some traditional Scots and Irish folk tunes courtesy of the Resolution Songs. Then, walk up to Parliament Square for the Torchlight Procession that starts at 6.30pm. Torches can be ordered in advance online or purchased on the night. The procession will progress down the Royal Mile and finish up on Calton Hill, in time for the Son et Lumiere light show and fireworks display at 7.45pm.
New Year’s Eve
You might want to take advantage of the Love Film, Love Edinburgh season at the Filmhouse: a series of screenings intended to show off Edinburgh’s filmmaking history including Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave at 1.45pm. Afterwards, spend some time wandering around the German Market in Princes Street Gardens East, before heading up to St Giles at 7.45pm for a Candlelit Concert featuring the music of Mozart and Bach. The concert ends at 9pm: just in time for you to head down to the Street Party. If you’ve bought tickets for The Keilidh on the Mound or the Concert in the Gardens – the latter featuring Biffy Clyro, The Charlatans and Billy Bragg – entry to the street party is included. If not, don’t worry, there’s plenty of street party-specific entertainment on offer from acts such as The Coral and Kaiser Chiefs (DJ set), prior to the world-famous fireworks at midnight.
New Year’s Day
If you’re particularly adventurous you could join the pack of nutters going for a Loony Dook at South Queensferry (check-in for the event begins at noon, with the Dook itself taking place at 2.30pm). However, The List would rather stay in the warm, genteel confines of the National Gallery of Scotland for A New Year’s Day Conversation with Ian Rankin and Lin Anderson, who’ll be discussing Edinburgh’s relationship with literature and art from 2pm. At 5pm the KT Tunstall-curated One Day - Resolution Concert (‘One Day’ because it falls on the numerically pleasing date 1.1.11) will feature some fine Scottish music including Stalwart Fence folkster King Creosote, country-inflected pop from Kassidy and disco treats from Silver Columns, as well as new album material from Ms Tunstall herself.
Sun 2 Jan
Depending on your preference (and resistance to the weather), you can either enjoy some Edinburgh Rugby and watch the home team face off against the Glasgow Warriors; or you could opt to sit in the Filmhouse and watch a screening of 1985 comedy Restless Natives at 1.45pm, followed by a programme of short films from Edinburgh’s archives at 4pm.
For more information visit www.edinburghshogmanay.org
Going out in Edinburgh this Hogmanay? RBS is supporting free bus travel home. Free Lothian Buses and First services will be running from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party along the major routes and leaving regularly between approximately 00.00 to 04.00am. Find out more information about routes and timetables.