EVENT – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, What’s on 1st January

Friday 1st January 2010    Re:Formation Day  The party continues on New Year’s Day as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay welcomes 2010 in style, with a full programme of music, dance, street theatre, debate and fire, guaranteed to reform and renew the mind, body and spirit.

12pm.   Why not start with a Loony Dook ?    If you’re looking to do something a little unusual on New Years Day, then I suggest having a look at the official site and go for a SWIM !  People wishing to take part should register at the Moorings Lounge, Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry between 9.30am  and 11.30am.  The event kicks off at noon as the parade winds its’ way down the High Street and into the cold icy water.

The event is free to take part, but donations for charity are appreciated.  You can get a hot toddy and some soup afterwards at The Moorings, or why not treat yourself to a good meal at Forth Rail Bistro.  Emergency services are on standby during the event.  

Take a dip at South Queensferry

12pm-6pm  First foot the man himself. John Knox House, 43 High Street.  Tickets: £6/£3.50
Booking/Info: 0131 556 9579 or buy at the door www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

As Scotland marks the 450th anniversary of its religious revolution in 1560, experience re:formation day at John Knox House with live and audio drama. John Knox is played by John Sheddon. 

1pm-4.30pm  New Music at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse Royal Mews – Free Event

New music for New Year’s Day from young, contemporary musicians working in the crossover between folk and jazz, celtic and world music. (Entry to Palace not required.) Palace Tearooms open. 

There is a 2.30pm matinee performance of Off Kilter which is a Scottish dance and music extravaganza playing for five performances only at the Festival Theatre.  Sure to be a sell out, don’t delay in buying your ticket. 

3pm – Gate of the Year at St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile.  Looking back, looking forward: an inspirational hour in the tranquil and atmospheric High Kirk with music, poetry, words of reflection and contemplation and the Choir of St Giles. Please note: this event is unticketed but there is a limited capacity.


Firelight – Carabosse  4pm – 8pm  Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is proud to present internationally renowned street theatre artists Carabosse with their magical fire installations. Carabosse light up cities around the world, their Scottish premiere will transform the Royal Mile into a breathtaking hub of fire and light. . The Royal Mile (The squares around St. Giles’ Cathedral)  Free Event  

Please note: under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult to enter this event. This is an outdoor event featuring live fire installations, please dress appropriately.  Have a look at the French company’s website 

New man walking

4.30pm, New Man Awakes, Outside Holyrood Palace.  5pm, New Man Walks from Holyrood Palace to The Tron, Royal Mile – Free 

Puppet Lab’s spectacular, giant ‘Big Man’ who has attracted massive crowds as he walked throughout Scotland this autumn, is reawakened to walk the capital’s historic Royal Mile, from Holyrood Palace to The Tron. ‘From a thousand small tremors comes a giant spectacle of celebration and creative adventures’ 

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Carnival will still be going strong.  Open 11am – 11pm.   During the day, you can also have a ride on the Helter Skelter or Edinburgh Wheel  to get a bird’s eye view of the Castle and Princes Street.  The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is also still open. 

Extra Information  

The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay box office is now open for all your ticketing needs.  

You can download an excellent event map (PDF) what’s on and safety information to make sure you have an enjoyable time as possible.  

The full event list can be found at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay web site.   You can even post your New Years’ Resolutions on the online wall.

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