Street Party tickets still available

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, today encouraged revellers to pick up their Street Party tickets today or tomorrow, and not to wait till the 31st to avoid queues.

While tickets are sold out for almost all of the events, there are tickets to the Street Party still available and limited Gardens tickets for Concert in the Gardens.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said “Edinburgh has been host to the greatest Hogmanay party for the last 22 years and we welcome visitors from all over the world to enjoy our unique celebrations. Tickets for the Street Party are selling fast so don’t wait until the last minute to get them. I would also encourage everyone to come out and experience some of the other wonderful events that are on offer over the three days of activities, including the Torchlight Procession and the Loony Dook.”

The three day Festival kicks off on Tuesday 30 December with the Torchlight Procession. 8,000 Torchbearers, led by the Up Helly Aa Vikings from Shetland and over 100 pipers and accompanied by an expected 20,000 spectators, will illuminate the streets of the City from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill. The Procession leaves George IV Bridge at 7.00pm and torches have already sold out.

Once the procession reaches the finale, torchbearers and their friends and family will enjoy a light and fireworks display viewed from Calton Hill and Waterloo Place. Calton Hill will be closed to the public until the head of the procession reaches the Hill.

Concert in the Gardens is headlined by Lily Allen, who will be joined by special guests Björn Again and Soul II Soul. Enclosure tickets for the Concert are sold out, but there are still limited Gardens tickets available. The Waverley Stage at the Street Party will see performances from Twin Atlantic, Young Fathers and Twilight Sad while the Scottish Stage on Frederick Street will welcome Eddi Reader, Breabach and the Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson band.

Free NightBus services will run throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians for revellers at the Street Party and throughout the City Centre, supported by Lothian Buses and Johnnie Walker. The services start at 00:20 and run until 04:00 – details of times and routes can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com. These safe rides home are part of the Join the Pact global responsible drinking initiative from Johnnie Walker which has secured over one million personal commitments from people across the world to never to drink and drive.

While all tickets for The Candlelit Concert, The Enclosure at Concert in the Gardens and the Keilidh are sold out, there are still Street Party tickets and Gardens Tickets for Concert in the Gardens available - these can be booked on-line at www.edinburghshogmanay.com or on the phone on 0844 573 8455 but must be collected from the Box Office at 180 High Street, Edinburgh before 9.00pm on 31 December. Pre-Booked torch vouchers for the Torchlight Procession are also sold out as are places at the Queensferry Loony Dook on Thursday 1st January although spectators are most welcome at both events.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will continue on Wednesday 1st January with a programme of free activities for all the family. For the hardy, the sold out Loony Dook – the annual New Year’s Day dip in the River Forth - will start off with a Dookers Parade through South Queensferry featuring pipers and a host of entertainment at 1.20pm followed by the brave (or daft) Loony Dookers. For those not quite brave enough to take the plunge, there are plenty of vantage points to watch the action and spectators are welcomed.

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