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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year's Eve, on December 31 is one for the record books. The arrival of the new year is joyfully celebrated with a three day festival of fun and games, so it's no surprise that it's considered one of the biggest New Year celebrations across the globe. Thousands of people descend upon the old streets of central Edinburgh for a massive party of music, revelry and one of the world's greatest fireworks displays with famous Edinburgh castle as the backdrop. The festivities start on the 30th of December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Thousands of torch carriers form a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére. On Hogmanay itself around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the street party featuring incredible live music and entertainment, DJ's, giant screens and outdoor bars. The Concert in the Gardens is another highlight, a magnificent live music event held in Princes Street Gardens. This year it will be headlined by Pet Shop Boys with special guests – the 1975 and Edinburgh's own Nina Nesbitt. The morning after revelers are invited to take part in the Loony Dook the annual splash in the Fiver Forth at the South Queensferry.

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