Every year, an image from above is created in Holyrood Park by the torchbearers, and this year it was that of two people holding/shaking hands, the international sign of friendliness. At 21:00 on the dot, a hovering helicopter captured the moment, and you could see the defined image on the screens, which just looked like a jumble of flames from ground level.
After this, Holyrood Park, in all its muddy glory, turned into a massive party with live bands on the stage, and everyone getting into the spirit of the evening. Although I was there on my own, I certainly think it would be suitable for kids, with plenty of places to slide off to, such as sitting on the hills around Arthurs Seat for some excellent views.
The music continues for a few hours, and a firework display went off around 10 pm, but if you’re sensible, you won’t overdo it tonight as tomorrow is the main event!
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party
Where: The main party is in Princes Street Gardens, but the ‘arena’ area spills out to the street, up the mound, and even onto the Royal Mile
Costs and tickets: From £21.50 – more info here
The street party at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a bit of an understatement, as it covers a vast area called the ‘arena’ and although it varies in size year to year, there are many stages and different parts of the event you can enjoy, and many ticket types to reflect that.
While most people will start with a dinner in town, and reservations and patience are likely needed given the popularity of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, for those with younger families, there are children friendly events and entertainment in the gardens from 17:30, including an early-hours firework show for the little ones.