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Hogmanay

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Dates: 30th Dec - 1st Jan

Experience one of the world’s most spectacular New Year’s celebrations, Hogmanay in Edinburgh. Take part in a remarkable line up of New Year’s festivities, joining locals and visitors from all corners of the globe alike in welcoming 2018. Although parties and live entertainment take centre stage during the festival, its also a time to connect with others and make peace with strangers. The meaning behind the name Hogmanay comes from the Scots word for December 31st or new year in the Gregorian calendar. It is thought that many of the festival’s customs are remnants from the 8th and 9th centuries when the country was invaded by Vikings. As the nation experienced a historic ban of Christmas, Hogmanay became the highlight of the year as people took time off to celebrate the New Year. Revellers gather to welcome the arrival another year, joining hands to belt the planet’s grandest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. 

This year’s Hogmanay schedule is jam-packed from start to finish. The festival kicks off on the 30th with the Torchlight Procession - participants bearing Massed Pipes and Drums, and spectators with torch in hand march to Holyrood Park to watch the procession and astonishing fireworks display. The illuminated capital is a sight to behold, as hundreds of flames flicker in the muted darkness. The following afternoon there are a line up of kid friendly events, excellent for families. Baby Loves Disco Hogmanay is an adorable kid's disco in Festival Square that allows the little ones to get their groove on during midday. In the evening, families can gather at Princes Street Gardens for Bairns Afore - live entertainment and fireworks all before lights out! 

One of the festival’s highlights is the Street Party which takes place on the 31st - live bands and artists take the streets in the capital’s largest outdoor party. To top it off, a firework display from Edinburgh Castle during midnight is sure to leave you ecstatic about New Year. Don’t forget, Concert in the Gardens sees Rag ’n’ Bone Man lead a fantastic star studded line up - the venue is also a prime spot for watching the fireworks. After a night of celebration and partying, what better way to start the new year than by plunging into the biting River Forth? Loony Dock is the perfect occasion for getting into fancy dress and taking a dip in icy waters - after all the eccentric event has raised thousands of pounds for charities. If being frozen on New Years morning doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not cheer on the “Dookers", or explore the cultural wonders of Edinburgh instead?

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Why should you go?

Hogmanay has recently been listed in Discovery Channel’s “Top 25 World Travel Experiences”.

Visitors from around the globe flock to Edinburgh to experience New Year the Scottish way. Whether you’re a solo traveller, a bunch of mates, or a family, Hogmanay has the wow factor to kick off your New Year in a remarkable way.

Regal Travel’s team are on hand to organise that thing you’ve always wanted to do - why not give us a call or pop into one of our four branches?

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