How to spend Hogmanay in Glasgow 2010/2011
The best events in Glasgow for bringing in the New Year
Thu 30 Dec
George Square has been the focal point for Glasgow’s Christmas festivities throughout the month, with live music performances from jazz, folk and choir groups, as well as the pretty darn magical Glasgow On Ice skating rink. The celebrations still centre on the Square over New Year, however Thu 30 Dec is the last day the rink will be in operation, so you’ll want to get your skates on – literally.
New Year’s Eve
The ice rink bows out to make way for the Hogmanay Ceilidh, the biggest outdoor ceilidh in the country. Providing the tunes will be Latin/Celtic world fusion party band Salsa Celtica, trad-rock sextet Skerryvore, and international Celtic proponents Capercaillie. Between the bands indie-folk DJ Dolphin Boy will keep the tunes going, and of course there’ll be the obligatory fireworks extravaganza as the bells ring.
New Year’s Day
Hogmanay, with the emphasis on merry-making, drinking whisky, throwing an arm round your neighbour and belting out ‘Auld Land Syne’, is usually an event that favours the adult population; it’s only fitting, then, that New Year’s Day should belong to the kids. The Irn Bru Carnival at the SECC is celebrating 90 years in action, although we’re betting the massive variety of screamers, whizzers and thrillers on offer is pretty far removed from the collection of carousels present in 1910. The kids’ll love it, though – attractions are split into Kids, Family and Thrill ride categories, so you won’t end up submitting yourself to something too stomach-churning after a hard night’s revelling, and there’s a ton of stalls and games to entertain as well.
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.