Hogmanay is the Scots word for New Year's Eve and the wild celebrations originate from fiery Viking parties marking the winter solstice:
But undoubtedly the biggest event of them all is the world-renowned Hogmanay to celebrate the coming of the New Year. While Christmas remains the most important celebration of the year in many countries, in Scotland it is Hogmanay that will amaze you. Nowhere else welcomes the New Year with quite as much grandeur as the Scots do. Fireworks will light the sky above Edinburgh Castle in this three-day festival which has become one of the largest New Year’s Celebrations in the world. From traditional dancing and music concerts to a torchlit procession and a costumed parade, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has something for everyone.
Auld Lang Syne, the most popular song to bring in the New Year with, originates in Scotland, and you’ll see the community spirit of this song reflected across the country. You’ll struggle to find a country more warm and welcoming to celebrate the New Year in. Enjoy the festive spirit around this time with roaring fires in every pub and twinkling lights in every window, and walk around our beautifully decorated city while you warm yourself with a nice mug of mulled wine from our Christmas markets. From experiencing the famous Hogmanay festival in our capital first hand to unique and personal celebrations in one of Scotland’s many cosy castles, with our expertise and local contacts, Sleigh’s will arrange every last detail of your Hogmanay break so you and your loved ones can bring in the New Year in style.