How to spend Hogmanay in Edinburgh 2010/2011

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.

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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.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

New Year is such a big deal in Scotland we even have our own name for it: that’s Hogmanay, for anyone not familiar with the local parlance. For proof of just how sacred a ritual sending off the old and welcoming in the new is here, look no further than Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which from ad hoc roots a couple of decades…

Candlelit Concert

Seasonal concert featuring a Mass setting by Johann Friedrich Fasch, JS Bach's festive cantata for Christmas, Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, and concluding with Mozart's Coronation Mass.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Famed as one of the best New Year celebrations in the world, thousands of revellers bring in the New Year in the centre of Edinburgh with a mix of live music, DJs and varying knowledge of the lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne'. On the bill this year are Maximo Park, Slaves, Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenify, WHITE and Craig Charles…

Loony Dook

Dive into 2015 with a dip off South Queensferry. Gather for the parade, led by the Beastie Drummers, and watch as the swimmers freeze their proverbials off under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors

The two sides compete in the 1872 Challenge Cup.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland, with the West End of Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).

The Keilidh

Big ol' traditional knees up with the best in live traditional tunes from Jimi Shandrix Experience, Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut and The Smashers. You also get a cracking view of the fireworks when 2015 comes.

One Day Resolution Concert

Special New Year's Day concert curated by KT Tunstall (who also takes a headline slot) with support from some of her favourite Scottish acts King Creosote, Kassidy and Silver Columns. Part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Resolution Songs

Some of Scotland's foremost singer-songwriters (Dougie Maclean, Roddy Hart, Roddy Woomble, Tommy Reilly and Dick Gaughan) perform specially written 'Resolution Songs' alongside their own work. Part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

A New Year's Day Conversation

See off that Hogmanay hangover with a bit of literary discussion between two of Scotland's best-loved crime writers: Ian Rankin and Lin Anderson. They'll be talking particularly about Edinburgh's role as an inspirational city for writers. Part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay.


1. goCarShare20 Dec 2010, 6:42pm Report

Really looking forward to being back in Edinburgh for Hogmanay; it will definitely bring back happy memories of being at university.

I think we'll probably be giving the street party a miss, as fun as it sounds, and go for something a bit more relaxed - maybe head up Calton Hill or Arthur's Seat.

One little favour to ask, I have set up a website,, that helps people share car journeys. It would be great if you could give it a try as we are trying to help people to car share to Edinburgh.

As a driver you'll get a contribution to your fuel costs; as a passenger you'll be able save a huge amount of money over other last minute travel options.

It will be fun and green too. Have a great Hogmanay!


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