See in the bells with New Year's Eve in Edinburgh

You'll learn pretty quickly that they don't say New Year's Eve in Edinburgh. It's Hogmanay, and the Scottish capital is the best place to see in the New Year in the UK. The city lines up an extensive programme of events around the big night, so it's worth booking an extended break.

Hogmanay hospitality

For Scots, Christmas is just a warm-up for the true winter festival of Hogmanay. Spending New Year's Eve in Edinburgh will impress you with the city's devotion to seeing in the bells in style. You'll be joining tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay has become one of the UK's major festivals, with top bands, street entertainment, markets, parades and even a cooling swim in the Forth!

The events kick off on December 30 with the annual torchlight procession from Chambers Street up to Calton Hill. Shetland Vikings and massed pipes and drums lead thousands of visitors on the march up the hill, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

New Year's Eve itself sees Edinburgh's Street Party, with top live bands and street performers keeping the crowds entertained during the build-up to midnight. Tickets and wristbands are required to join the party on Princes Street, with 2012 prices starting at £15. Simple Minds headline the 2012 show.

Edinburgh's weather in December is unpredictable but always cold, so be sure to dress up in several layers to make sure you stay comfortable.

Note that no taxis will be needed after the celebrations. Free night buses operate from the city centre to destinations across Edinburgh.

A New Year's dip

Any New Year's Eve in Edinburgh is going to result in a substantial New Year's Day hangover.The traditional way to recover is the 'Loony Dook'. This involves donning fancy dress and taking the bus out to South Queensferry, where you join a crowd of fellow revellers enjoying a dip in the freezing Firth of Forth.

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