During the run-up to New Year’s Eve, we’re in limbo. An indeterminate time after all our energies have been thrust into the festive period, and suddenly, the end of the year looms.
Where did 2017 go??
The last days of the year don’t have to be emblematic of festivity ending. Here at Love Your Location, we have the perfect place to coax you out of that post-Christmas slump.
Edinburgh, the place to be for NYE.
The steep cobbled streets, tall, elaborate buildings, backdropped by rolling green hills is illustrative of this city’s deep history. Edinburgh is not just a great place to sight-see; Edinburgh hosts one of the biggest celebrations of NYE in the world, no-one celebrates the coming of the new year with as much merriment and passion than the Scot’s in their capital.
Celebrations in Edinburgh begin on the 30th December and this period between now and New Year’s Day is called Hogmanay. This quite literally means “the last days of the year”, and the people of Edinburgh embrace this magical time, celebrating a period of change and new opportunity with gusto.
Nearly 150,000 people attend Hogmanay celebrations during the run-up to NYE, there is so much to do and see for all the family, you’ll be overwhelmed with choices. 2017 is looking like a great year for Hogmanay and in Edinburgh, you could celebrate with a bang. The electric celebrations begin with the Torchlight Procession on December 30, whereby 40,000 from around the globe are unified in new year cheer, as they march through the city together warmed by the glow of fire torchlight.
On the big night, December 31, the streets will be filled with revellers enjoying a variety of DJ’s and live bands for an all-out Street Party. If that wasn’t enough, English singer-songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man will headline the main concert in Princes Street Gardens this year. As the clock edges closer and closer to midnight, you can look forward to the incredible Hogmanay fireworks atop the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh Castle.
The fun doesn’t stop there, on New Year’s Day, the famous “Loony Dook” will take place, during which hundreds of people in fancy dress jump into the freezing River Forth in aid of raising money for charities across the UK. If you don’t fancy taking a bracing dip to welcome in the New Year, then why not go along and cheer on the fearless “Dookers” safe (and dry) on the beach.
If you’re thinking of taking a spontaneous New Year’s trip, or think this could be the perfect New Year’s celebration you’ve always been searching for, then check out Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, you won't regret it. Don’t just see in the new year in the same old pub, make some memories and show next year what you're made of, in Edinburgh.