Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay is a celebration in Edinburgh that takes place every New Year and generally brings about 100,000 people to the entire length of Princes Street, atop the Mound, across the Waverly Bridge, and within the Princes Street Gardens.

The Hogmanay festival is also sometimes referred to as the Royal Bank Street Party, due to the fact that it is sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Due to overcrowding and unsafe conditions in the streets, the festival is now controlled by the Edinburgh City Council; the area where most people head to celebrate is cordoned off by police, so that the amount of participators can be controlled.  Tickets are now sold for the event and access is only allowed at gated areas along Princes Street.

On Hogmanay night Princes Street becomes lined with vendors selling everything that is needed to make the night magical including beer, hot food, balloons, and thousands of Edinburgh Hogmanay hats.

Every year at the stroke of midnight thousands of people hug and kiss each other whether they know each other or not, and then the crowd sings Auld Lang Syne, which was written by Robert Burns the national poet of Scotland.

At the centre of the celebration area is the Princes Street Gardens concert, which is in front of the Edinburgh Castle.  There are also many side concert venues located throughout various spots on the Mound Precinct and Princes Street.

Another remarkable part of the festivities is the fact that at the stroke of midnight fireworks launch from the Edinburgh Castle, Blackford Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Braid Hill, Castle Hill, Calton Hill, Castle Rock, Craigmillar Hill, and Corstorphine Hill to help ring in the New Year.  The best place to see the fireworks launch is from Calton Hill which offers a great view of five of the seven hills.