Scots to ring in the new year with Hogmanay celebrations

Tens of thousands will attend Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party, one of the world's biggest.

Fireworks: Lights displays up and down Scotland. ITV News
Fireworks: Lights displays up and down Scotland.

Scotland is preparing to welcome 2020 with fireworks set to light up the skies at parties around the country.

Tens of thousands of people will ring in the new year at one of the world’s biggest street parties in Edinburgh on Monday night.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party, featuring performances by Mark Ronson, Marc Almond and Idlewild, will culminate with the traditional firework display.

More than 3600 fireworks will be let off from Edinburgh Castle at midnight, with street parties, music and ceilidhs happening in more than a dozen city centre streets.

The festivities began in the city on Monday as around 40,000 people joined a torchlit procession which culminated in them forming the shape of two humans reaching out a “hand of friendship”.

In Glasgow, revellers will pack into the renowned street party on Ashton Lane in the west end, where they can enjoy live music, street food and fireworks.

Aberdonians can ring in the bells at Schoolhill in a free, first-come-first-serve event while the Hogmanay party in Stirling will see a fireworks display lighting up the sky around the iconic Stirling Castle.

Dundee is set to host its first major Hogmanay street party in two decades in City Square, and Inverness is preparing for its popular ‘Red Hot Highland Fling’ to welcome the new year.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations run for three days, drawing in an estimated 150,000 people from elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

The events include a torchlight procession through Edinburgh, which happened on Monday, and the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day where hardy people take a dip in the chilly Firth of Forth.

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