The worst thing about New Year is that it’s over and done in one night. The best thing, therefore, about New Year – or should we say Hogmanay – in Edinburgh is that the festival lasts 3 days.
Traditionally starting with a torchlight procession there are 3 days of celebrations culminating in New Year’s Day events including the Loony Dook swim. Find out all the deets on the best of what’s going on right here.
NYE with The Refinery
The Refinery St Andrew Square is open until 1am on Friday 30th and until 3am on New Year’s Eve, so join us before or after you head out to the various excitements going on – or stay all night! With a gorgeous NYE set menu and a central location with views of the fireworks why go anywhere else?
Hogmanay opening times at The Refinery:
29th December: 8am – midnight
30th December: 8am – 1am
31st December: 10am – 3am
1st January: closed
The Main Event
There are celebrations all over Edinburgh for Hogmanay, but the biggest of the lot are the street party, which are on our doorstep, and the concerts in Princes Street Gardens. This year Paolo Nutini will headline the Concert in the Gardens, located a mere 10-minute walk from us. There are all manner of tickets and ticket packages, so have a browse here and take your pick!
As the official Hogmanay site says, ‘why welcome 2017 with just one firework display when you can have FOUR spectacular displays in one night’. Hear, hear! On the hour every hour, from 9pm until the ‘midnight moment’, the skies will be ablaze with colour from the fireworks set off at Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. As the clock strikes midnight remember to join hands ready to sing ‘auld lang syne’.
One for the Kids
Sprogmanay is based in the National Museum of Scotland and puts on a plethora of family-friendly celebrations designed specifically for bairns. Think arts and crafts, storytelling and a special lantern procession. The events take place from 12pm-4pm on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st January. All events are free, see the full program here.
Whatever it is that takes your fancy, you’re not going to struggle for choice that’s for sure. We’re as excited as anyone with it being The Refinery’s first Hogmanay! We’ll be ready with Champagne and cocktails galore, as well as fabulous feasts to gorge your way into 2017!