Edinburgh's Hogmanay shows the world how to party with 3 days of spectacular events, great music and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe. Join thousands of marchers bearing firelit torches, enjoy dancing to traditional Scottish music beneath Edinburgh Castle, and watch top stars and incredible fireworks from Princes Street Gardens.
New events for 2018 include #ScotArt. 14 symbols chosen by Scotland's young people to represent each region of the country will be transformed into wicker sculpture by the project's lead artist Ariel Killick. The sculptures will be displayed on Edinburgh's High Street from 21 to 29 December before becoming the focal point for the Torchlight Procession (30 Dec), a spectacular and unforgettable family-friendly event culminating in the historic Holyrood Park. On reaching the park, torchbearers will form the distinctive outline of Scotland. The 14 wicker sculptures will be placed within the outline and set ablaze as Scotland's beating heart, marking the Year of Young People 2018 drawing to a close and the beginning of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. You'll also be able to get the Hogmanay party started at Symphonic Ibiza (30 Dec), a two hour concert featuring some of the most famous Ibiza club anthems from the last 20 years, celebrate the European island of clubbing as you gear up for the New Year.
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 at Hogamanay's Street Party with a mix of live music, DJs and varying knowledge of the lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne'. The music line-up includes appearances from home-grown phenomenon Gerry Cinnamon and superstar DJ Judge Jules, as well as Meute, Vistas, Elephant Sessions, Miracle Glass Company, Trendy Wendy and hosts The Mac Twins. At midnight, German sensation Meute will be providing the soundtrack to the ultimate fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle. This year's Concert in the Gardens will be headlined by Mercury Prize winners Franz Ferdinand, supported by Metronomy and Free Love.
Other highlight events include Bairns Afore, giving young people the chance to have their 'midnight moment' at 6pm and Ceilidh under the Castle - whirl or jig, fling or be flung under Edinburgh Castle. On 1 January, you'll also be able to catch concert from famed international acts Carlos Nunez and Capercaillie, plus exciting guests!