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Take the train to… Edinburgh for Hogmanay!

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Edinburgh Hogmanay
There are few better places to celebrate the start of another year than Scotland’s capital, where the party is long, loud and good-natured. Take a train to Edinburgh and prepare yourself for a Hogmanay extravaganza. Dance your way along Princes Street at the infamous Street Party, complete with fireworks and views of the castle, or book a ticket for a more select celebration in the capital.

People come from all around the world to enjoy the special atmosphere that descends on Edinburgh when the year draws to a close, so book quickly for cheap train tickets and dig out your favourite party clothes. Read on to find out what fun is waiting for you in the Scottish capital this year…

Sing in the New Year at the Street Party

Every year, people from all around the world gather on Edinburgh’s famous Princes Street to keep warm and share the holiday spirit. Offering excellent views of the impressive annual firework displays, plenty of live music options and a fantastic atmosphere, the Street Party is an event everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.

The performers this year include The Macabees, Reverend and the Makers and Admiral Fallow so you can guarantee there will be lots of dancing in the streets. And when the bells go, you’ll have the chance to be part of the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne while watching the renowned Midnight Fireworks.

Tickets are available online and you’re welcome to bring your own food and drink, as long as you avoid all glass containers. There are also plenty of bars and food stalls and venues within the party zone. Due to the popularity, there’s no entry after 11pm – so make sure you get there in plenty of time!

Sit Back at the Concert in the Gardens

Princes Street gardens are also transformed for the New Year fun, when the beautiful green space is opened up for an excellent concert. Acts include Simple Minds, The View and Bwani Junction and last year, the event was a complete sell out, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you want to be in with a chance.

The fun starts and 9pm and continues through the bells and on to 1am and your tickets include access to the Street Party too. There will be food and drink within the Garden’s Arena, but don’t forget that you will be outside for the duration and warm clothes are a must!

Get Your Dancing Shoes on for the Keilidh

For a traditional spin to the evening, get yourself along to the outdoor Keilidh. Also taking place nearby the Street Party, this special event has its own outdoor dance floor, bar and food village and you’ll have the chance to learn all the dance moves with the help of a dedicated Ceilidh Caller.

You can’t bring your own drink into this specific arena, but your ticket will also allow you free access to the Street Party.

Clear your Head at the Loony Dook

Looking for a new way to clear out the cobwebs in January 1? A special tradition for the brave, the Loony Dook sees thousands of people take the plunge by jumping into River Forth under the shadow of the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for charity.

The event starts with a Dooker Parade along Edinburgh High Street before the big splash. You’re welcome along to cheer participants on or to take part yourself – you’ll certainly find your head is clear after a dip in the freezing water for the Forth!

Have you ever spent Hogmanay in the Scottish capital? How would you recommend making sure that this New Year is a blast? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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