Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year's Eve celebration held over three days in Edinburgh. The festival begins on the 30th of December and finishes on the 1st of January.
Day 1: 30th December Torchlight Procession
A torchlight procession is a parade where you carry a real fire lighted torch around Edinburgh Old Town with 40,000 other revelers. You get to be a modern day Indiana Jones! The wax torches are very safe to carry. I found it quite an unforgettable spectacle; seeing the flames light up the Old Town at night. After the procession, you can join in on a concert and firework celebration. The event is free for torchlight participants and starts around 8:30pm at Calton Hill.
Day 2: 31st December Street Party
The street party takes place on Princes Street, in the city centre. It starts at 9pm and lasts till midnight. Get this, there are 4 smaller firework displays leading up to midnight! The music will be pumping throughout the night and everyone is happily dancing away. Come midnight a magnificent fireworks display lights up the sky. Be aware that there is no entry to the street party after 10:30pm.
Day 3: 1st January Loony Dook
The Loony Dook is held at the River Forth. River Forth is located 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Edinburgh. Quintessentially a hangover cure, this is for those who still have it in them to jump into the cold water. The event begins around 1:00pm which provides you with ample time to recover from last night activities.
Tickets are required for the Torchlight Procession and New Year Eve Street Party: https://www.edinburghshogmanay.com/
The ideal place to stay is the Old Town.
Most of the activities relating to Hogmanay occur in the city centre. Therefore it is easy to walk to your accommodation. Bus services are provided for the Loony Dook.
Closest International Airport: Edinburgh Airport (EDI), Edinburgh
Senor Ben's Tips
1) Purchase tickets for both the torchlight procession and street party.
2) Dress well to stay warm in the Scottish cold. Both the torchlight procession and street party take place outdoors.
3) Learn the lyrics to For Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns, as this is sang after midnight.