Edinburgh's Hogmanay party celebrates Europe and invites the world to share the love

torch lit procession Edinburgh 2018

Scotland's capital city is preparing to celebrate Hogmanay, as tens of thousands of tourists flock to Edinburgh from all over the world to take part in the celebrations.

The Edinburgh street party is one of the biggest in the world, and this year's event will celebrate Scotland's relationship with Europe, as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March.

The vast majority of the people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, so the theme represents the feeling of great loss that will be felt by millions of Scots who will lose their EU citizenship next year.  Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who have made Scotland their home are worried about retaining their rights after Brexit.

According to the official material advertising the three day event, "Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrates Europe and invites the world to share the love, embrace friends – old and new – and come together in the home of Hogmanay."

The party will begin at 7.30pm and the main acts performing at the event include Gerry Cinnamon, Judge Jules and Franz Ferdinand, but many other acts will also perform to the massive crowds.

All who attend the street party will be given a 'wee dram' of Johnnie Walkers Scotch whisky to ring in the New Year, so it could get pretty messy in the capital later on.

Writers have taken part in a 'Love Letters to Europe' project, which will see letters projected onto buildings in Edinburgh between the 1st and the 25th January, leading us up to Burns Night.

Key dates as part of the celebrations are as follows...

Torchlight Procession: 30 December 7pm
Symphonic Ibiza: 30 December 8pm
Bairns Afore: 31 December 5pm
Candlelit Concert: 31 December 6pm
Street Party: 31 December 7.30pm
Silent Disco at the Street Party: 31 December from 7.30pm
Ceilidh under the Castle: 31 December 8.30pm
Concert in the Gardens: 31 December 9pm
Loony Dook: 1 January 12.30pm
First Footers Family Ceilidh: 1 January 12.30pm
Capercaillie and special guests: 1 January 4.30pm
Carlos Nunez and special guests: 1 January 8pm

Tickets to the street party are £31.00 each, and you can buy them by clicking this link here...

torch lit procession Edinburgh

Last night, thousands of people took to the streets of Edinburgh to take part in the annual torch lit procession, with a massive burning outline of Scotland created by torch bearers at the end of the march near the Scottish Parliament.

torch lit procession Edinburgh

Above: some more impressive images from last night's torch lit procession in Scotland's capital city.

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