24 things to do for New Year in Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Scott Henderson
- 6 December 2016
From legendary street parties to theatre at The Tron, we rundown all the top new year highlights
While Edinburgh has the reputation as the New Year's Eve capital of the world, Glasgow shouldn't be overlooked with its own share of brilliant Hogmanay entertainment. If you're lucky enough to be seeing in the new year north of the border, we've got recommendations aplenty for parties, gigs and ceilidhs.
Are you brave enough to take on the King Loops, Speed Buzz or Midnight Express Matterhorn at this indoor carnival? If you don't have the stomach for thrill rides there's also traditional family rides like dodgems, waltzers and a helter skelter, with kids rides for the wee ones.
SECC, Fri 30 Dec, 11am–10pm
The Snaw Queen
Kristine Cagney Kringle and her elves are getting ready for the festive season, but, the evil Snaw Queen needs defeated. This'll be a job for Kelvie (the Kelvingrove Elfie) and Olive (the other reindeer).
The Tron Theatre, Fri 30 Dec, 1pm & 7.30pm
Hogmanay at Òran Mór
Bring in the bells with DJs and live entertainment.
Òran Mór, Sat 31 Dec, 10pm
Hogmanay at Hillhead Bookclub
Live music from Hush, to be accompanied by plenty of dancing and cocktails.
Hillhead Bookclub, Sat 31 Dec, 8pm
Hogmanay Dinner Dance
Glasgow's Bellahouston Park is the location for this fancy-pants dinner dance, which features a four-course meal plus wine.
House for an Art Lover, Sat 31 Dec, 7pm
Food, drink and live music, with a 'kilt and pearls' dress code. There's also Celtic songs and DJ sets until the small hours.
National Piping Centre, Sat 31 Dec, 6.30pm
Hogmanay concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, playing works by Strauss, Mozart, Brahms and more.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 31 Dec, 7.30pm
Night Afore Concert
For the first time in the festival's history, Edinburgh's Hogmanay hosts this second show, featuring headliner Paolo Nutini.
West Princes Street Gardens, Fri 30 Dec, 6pm
A torchlight procession to welcome in Hogmanay. Last year, over 40,000 people attended the spectacle, which sees torch carriers walk through the city centre, with a spectacular fireworks finale.
Old Town, Fri 30 Dec, 7pm, torches £12
Three days of children's events, so that bairns can enjoy Hogmanay too, with everything from arts and crafts to live music.
Old Town, Fri 30 Dec– Sun 1 Jan, noon--4.30pm
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'. The Charlatans are headlining this year's festivities.
Princes Street, Sat 31 Dec, 7pm
Concert in the Gardens
This year's famed Princes Street Gardens Hogmanay will be headlined by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini.
West Princes Street Gardens, Sat 31 Dec, 8pm SOLD OUT
Old Town Ceilidh
Big ol' ceilidh, with two live open air stages featuring traditional Scottish music from Kilter and HotScotch.
High Street and Parliament Square, Sat 31 Dec, 8pm
Seasonal concert featuring a Mass setting by Johann Friedrich Fasch, J.S.Bach's festive cantata for Christmas, Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, and concluding with Mozart's Coronation Mass.
St Giles' Cathedral, Sat 31 Dec, 6pm
Vegas! Grand Hogmanay Ball
The Vegas team return to host another Hogmanay party. Expect showgirls, big band tunes, swing, easy listening, cabaret and burlesque featuring all the usual glamorous shenanigans plus the Soul Foundation, Missy Malone, Gypsy Charms and the Vegas Revue.
The Voodoo Rooms, Sat 31 Dec, 9pm
The Caves Hogmanay Party
Bring in the New year in one of the city's most unique clubbing venues. Expect a ceilidh, choons old and new, and bags of fun to welcome in the new year.
The Caves, Sat 31 Dec, 10pm
Mojo Hogmanay Ceilidh
Da Hooley Ceilidh band play you into 2017. Kilts and tartans are welcome, and there's a licensed bar at the venue.
Assembly Roxy, Sat 31 Dec, 8.30pm
Sneaky Pete's & Bigfoot's Tea Party NYE
Expect cutting-edge, classic and obscure house, techno and disco cuts from the Black Madonna. More acts tbc.
The Biscuit Factory, Sat 31 Dec, 10pm
Wee Dub Hogmanay!
A bass-heavy way to see in 2017 with a night of international roots and reggae. Featuring DJ Vadim, King Yoof and MC Spree.
Studio 24, Sat 31 Dec, 10pm
Celebrate New Year's Day across the Old Town, with this series of events from some of Scotland's top artists and musicians. Previous curators and artists have included Insider Festival, An Lanntair, Heb Celt Fest, King Creosote and Cora Bisset.
Old Town, Sun 1 Jan, 1–5pm
Stoat's Loony Dook
Dive into 2017 with a dip off South Queensferry. Gather for the parade down the High Street and watch as the swimmers freeze their proverbials off under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
South Queensferry, Sun 1 Jan, time tbc SOLD OUT (but watching should still be a giggle).
The Final Fling
New Year's Day ceilidh, with traditional tunes and calling of the dances by Heeliegoleerie.
National Museum of Scotland, Sun 1 Jan, 5.30pm
New Year Sprint
A handicap race held over 110 metres. The Sprint has been staged in Scotland on or around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Competitors, both amateur and professional, vie for prize money totaling over £8000.
Musselburgh Racecourse, Sun 1 Jan, 10.30am
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: New Year in Vienna
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's annual New year concert is always a glittering shindig, but the proceeds go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Usher Hall, Sun 1 Jan, 7pm