Thursday 31st December Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Carnival will be in full swing. Open till 12.30am 1st January. During the day, you can have a ride on the Helter Skelter or Edinburgh Wheel (closes 6pm) to get a bird’s eye view of the Castle and Princes Street. The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is open until 8pm.
Oor Tours are running a Hogmanay special tour at 2pm, tickets in advance.
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.
At 7pm, the fabulous Hoog for Hogmanay 2009 takes place in the Assembly Rooms in George Street. This is a formal event with admission for over 18’s only, but is a fabulous (and warm) way to see in the New Year
At 7.30pm, there is a Candlelit Concert in St Giles’ Cathedral
A festive celebration in the atmospheric surroundings of St Giles’ Cathedral. This year’s concert marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death with his celebratory Coronation Anthems, including Zadok the Priest. This feast of Baroque music also includes J.S.Bach’s Magnificat in D and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Cantata Pastorale. St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Harris, with the St Giles’ Camerata leader Angus Ramsay, are joined by a stunning array of young soloists.
Concert commences 7.30pm, St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile. Tickets £16 plus booking fee
Between 9pm and 1am, in Princes Street there is the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party and The Keilidh. Be sure to wrap up warm if you are attending these events as the weather is forecast to be well below freezing. In Princes Street Gardens, the Noisettes and Madness are taking to the stage. The enclosure is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Gardens with a limited view.
At midnight there is a spectacular fireworks display from the Castle and Calton Hill. You will also be able to view this from various points across town as the sky is lit up. Auld Lang Syne is also sung at midnight and is rumoured to be the biggest sing a long of the song in the world.
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.