Edinburgh’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, known as ‘Hogmanay,’ are world-renowned for their spectacular firework displays, outstanding music, and the ageless backdrop of the city itself, which has a fascinating history. Following a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, revellers will enjoy three days of celebrations in the ‘Home of Hogmanay,’ Edinburgh, beginning on Friday (December 30) and finishing on January 1 as we welcome 2023.
If you’re considering a trip to Edinburgh this year to take in the spectacular firework displays, live music, and street celebrations, here’s everything you need to know.
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When is Hogmanay 2022 in Edinburgh?
Hogmanay events in Edinburgh will last three days, beginning on Friday, December 30, and concluding on Sunday, January 1, with the New Year’s Eve party peaking on Saturday, December 31.
What happens in Edinburgh during Hogmanay?
Concert at Princes Street Gardens
The primary Hogmanay celebration in Edinburgh, called “Concert in the Gardens,” will take place on December 31 at 8 p.m. at the West Princes Street Gardens by the Ross Bandstand. This year’s concert will begin with the return of Pet Shop Boys, who last performed at this event in 2013, almost a decade ago. There are still a few seats left for this event at £70 per person.
Street Party in Edinburgh
The Hogmanay Street Party in Edinburgh draws revelers from all over the world to ring in the new year. 30,000 cheerful people will dance the night away as we approach 2023, with street food and drink, funfair attractions, and live DJs providing them with the party of a lifetime. Unfortunately, no additional tickets are available for this event.
Candlelight Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral
This year’s choir at St Giles’ Cathedral will be led by director Michael Harris and organist Jordan English, who will perform alongside the brass ensemble Carnyx Brass. The performance will take place on December 31 at 6 p.m., and tickets will cost £21.50.
On New Year’s Day, enjoy a FREE day at the National Museum of Scotland, which is a totally unticketed event, but be quick because it is a first come, first served arrangement. There will be entertaining pop-up performances and engaging musical activities for families here. While the entire schedule has not yet been posted, we anticipate that this will be an excellent opportunity to introduce children to the joys of ceilidh music and dance.
‘First Footin,’ another FREE event, is a new Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration that offers an afternoon of live music beginning at 2pm throughout numerous pubs and venues in the city center (both Old and New Town). This is a terrific opportunity for revellers to discover Edinburgh and experience an amazing selection of food and drink accompanied by the live performances from musicians such as Callum Beattie who said: “I can’t wait to play in Edinburgh. We haven’t performed there in over a year, and it’s an honor to be back in my hometown. “Myself and the band are all excited.”
Tide Lines, the world-famous Scottish band, will headline Edinburgh Hogmanay’s ‘Final Fling’ to end the 2022/23 New Year’s celebrations. Other special guests include Edinburgh’s Hamish Hawk and Elephant Sessions, who will perform at West Princes Street Gardens on Sunday, January 1 from 5.15 -9pm. Tickets range in price from £27.50 to £50, depending on the type purchased.
Where in Edinburgh can you view the fireworks?
Fireworks displays are intended to be seen from the street party in Princes Street Gardens. However, there are other places in Edinburgh where you may get a beautiful view for free, such as Inverleith Park, Calton Hill, or Bruntsfield Links.