Things to do at New Year in Edinburgh

Thousands of party-goers travel to Scotland each year to celebrate New Year in Edinburgh. Live bands, an epic street party and midnight fireworks make it one of the most magical nights of the year. Read on to find out how to make the most of Hogmanay in Edinburgh 2016.

Edinburgh Street Party


The Concert in the Gardens might be sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the famous Edinburgh Street Party. Join one of the world’s biggest outdoor parties, as revellers fill the streets to bring in the New Year. Live bands, DJs and the Midnight Moment fireworks as the clock strikes twelve. Don’t forget to book somewhere to rest your head for the night, our Apex Haymarket Hotel is ideal.

Old Town Ceilidh

The Old Town Ceilidh takes place at Parliament Square and is a great way to celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland. Dance to the best traditional Scottish music, live from two open air stages. This year will see performances from Kilter and HotScotch. There will be plenty ‘Ceilidh Makers’ on hand to teach you to the twists and turns of each dance as the night goes on.

Hogmanay Gala Ball


Our Hogmanay Gala Ball is a glitzy, black tie event at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel. You’ll see in the New Year in true, Scottish style and enjoy an evening of dancing and entertainment. Tickets are £89 per person, or you can upgrade to our Hogmanay Residential Package from £675 (based on two sharing).

Hogmanay in Heights


Our restaurant Heights, also in Apex Grassmarket Hotel, boasts unrivalled views on Edinburgh Castle, making it the perfect location for Hogmanay celebrations. Begin with prosecco and canapés on arrival, then indulge in a five-course dinner of the finest Scottish cuisine. Our piper will be on hand for the bells, and you’ll have some of the best indoor seats in town for the Hogmanay fireworks.

Hogmanay Dinner at Elliot’s


Elliot’s Bar and Restaurant at Apex Waterloo Place is another great place to feast with friends at New Year. Toast the end of the 2016 with a cracking five course dinner, then wander across the road to Calton Hill to watch the fireworks from one of the most popular spots in Edinburgh. Hogmanay dinner at Elliot’s is £65 per person, view the full menu.

Hogmanay Dinner at Agua


Our Hogmanay Dinner at Agua ensures you are right in the thick of the Grassmarket celebrations. In our City of Edinburgh Hotel, a glass of prosecco on arrival is followed by a stunning three course meal. You’ll have great views on the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle, as well a cosy seat indoors.

Champagne Breakfast at Apex Hotels


Finally, no matter what you’re doing, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got somewhere to rest your head at the end of the night. Book our New Year Breaks offer and enjoy a continental Champagne breakfast on New Year’s Day, plus a £10 voucher to spend in the hotel, only when you book direct. Is there a better way to start 2017?