Events & Festivals in January

Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve - 31 December - and the arrival of the new year is always celebrated in style across the country. In the big cities, you'll find large-scale open air concerts, street parties and spectacular fireworks welcoming 'the bells' (when the clocks chime midnight).

Edinburgh will again take centre stage as the Scottish capital shows the world how to party with three days of spectacular events and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe. The highlight is on Hogmanay itself when around 80,000 people party their way into 2015 in the city centre at the Concert in the Gardens and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

Elsewhere, the celebrations are all about community and local events or just parties held in neighbours' houses which get visited in turn as 'first footers' go from house to house to be the first to wish everyone a good new year.

Stirling will be staging its famous Hogmanay celebrations and fireworks on Stirling Castle esplanade while Ellon in Aberdeenshire will be hosting what is fast becoming the north east’s main new year celebration, the Gig on the Brig.

The new year is also welcomed in with a number of traditional fire festivals that hark back to a more primitive age. The most spectacular of these include the Biggar Bonfire, Comrie's Flambeaux Procession and perhaps the most famous, the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony.