The Edinburgh Winter Festivals will take place between November and January.
The Castle of Light takes place from late November to early January. Get ready to light up your winter nights and be dazzled with extraordinary light displays across Edinburgh Castle’s walls.
Celebrations are returning and will be in full swing this Hogmanay. This year marks the capital’s 30th anniversary, and will see celebrations kickstarting with the much-loved Torchlight Procession on the 29 December. Beginning at the Meadows, the procession will weave its way through the historic Old Town where the streets will come to life with street theatre and fire performers, pipe bands, drummers and the Vikings from Shetland’s South Mainland Up Helly Aa’ Jarl Squad.
Before you say your final goodbyes to mark the end of the year, how does a massive party beneath Edinburgh Castle sound? On 30 December the Night Afore Disco Party makes its grand return for a fun-filled evening of entertainment.
On the 31 December, the party begins at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party. Get ready to dance the night away into the wee small hours at the Concert in the Gardens where you’ll see some of the biggest artists take centre-stage. Previous headliners have included Paolo Nutini, Pet Shop Boys, Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream.
On New Year’s Day, enjoy a jam-packed programme full of free events which includes First Footin’, a toe tapping live music trail welcoming artists from across Scotland to perform in landmark pubs, cafés and venues throughout the city centre. Sprogmanay is also back to entertain the little ones, which will include lots of fun activities including a family ceilidh.