Enjoy a safe and happy Hogmanay

As the big night approaches, organisers of Edinburgh's world famous street party are urging revellers to be warm, to stay safe and to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer this Hogmanay.

City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian and Borders Police, NHS Lothian, G4S Events and the Met Office today offered advice to help revellers bring in the New Year safely.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said:

"To make sure you and your friends have the best possible time seeing in the bells at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, take some simple steps to look after yourself: dress for the weather, bring your New Year cheer in plastic bottles, and use your common sense.  It's also a good idea to heed the advice from police and stewards, who will be working extremely hard on the night to make sure everyone enjoys themselves safely. 

"Look after yourself and your friends and help us welcome 2012 in style at the official 'World's best Hogmanay celebrations'."

Jim Watson, Public Weather Service Advisor for the Met Office, said:

"The weather is currently looking good for the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, generally dry but with the possibility of some showers reaching the City. Although temperatures are likely to stay above freezing the strong southwest wind will mean that it will feel cold. As always revellers should dress for the conditions and wrap up warm."

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party organisers are offering a few extra tips for revellers to bear in mind:

-Follow the instructions on the Hogmanay Street Party tickets

-Dress for the weather

-Look after each other and arrange a meeting point

-Think about how to get home

-Police and stewards are on duty to look after everyone's safety - bags may be searched on entry

-Revellers are encouraged not to bring under 16s to Street Party on the 31 December. 

-People under the influence of too much alcohol may be refused entry

-No one will get in unless they have an Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party ticket

-Don't bring glass into the arena

-Pay bars and food outlets are located within the Street Party Arena.

The three day extravaganza begins in style with the annual Torchlight Procession on Friday 30 December. However, the biggest draw to the programme is undoubtedly Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on Saturday 31 December.

Now in its 19th year, the world famous Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party welcomes 80,000 revellers from around the world to the 'Home of Hogmanay'. With a total of SEVEN live music stages featuring headliners including Festival favourites The Vaccines and Friendly Fires, superstar DJ Mark Ronson, Celtic superheroes Peatbog Faeries and Capercaillie, Fringe Favourites Frisky & Mannish and The Cuban Brothers alongside an unmissable mix of artists including Kassidy, Wild Beasts, Jaymo & Andy George and Rura.  Throw in one of the world's largest New Year fireworks displays and a host of surprises and you have the ultimate Edinburgh's Hogmanay experience.

On the same night, Concert in the Gardens headliners Primal Scream will be having their own party beneath Edinburgh castle and are joined by special guests, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sons and Daughters.  The Concert in the Gardens is opened by Matt Norris and the Moon, the new, unsigned Scottish band from Edinburgh, winners of this year's Hog The Street Competition.

If you like a bit more birl with the bells, then The Keilidh is the place to be. Dance the night away on the outdoor ceilidh dance floor on Mound Precinct to the very best in traditional music with Hugh McDiarmid's Haircut, Ceilidhdonia and The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience.

GETTING HOME: Lothian Buses will be running free services from various departure points around the City Centre to return revellers safely home after the Street Party. For the first time Edinburgh's Hogmanay have teamed up with Citylink Buses to offer late night buses to destinations outside Edinburgh after the Hogmanay celebrations.  Revellers will be able to travel home from the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party to a range of destinations in Glasgow, Fife including Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews, Dundee, Perth and Kinross.  Tickets cost £30 and can be booked online or by calling 0871 266 3333.  Passengers wishing to travel on these services are required to pre-book their ticket to guarantee a seat.

The fun continues on Sunday 1 January with the Loony Dook, the annual dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry at 11.00am.  Revellers are also invited to come and play at the all new event, The New Year Games, which will take place in the Grassmarket and around the Old Town. Two teams - the Uppies and Doonies - will play games in four stunning venues - Dancebase, The Hub, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland.

Working with innovative Scottish artists and game design studio Hide&Seek, Edinburgh's Hogmanay has re-imagined some of the traditional Scottish street games with the support of the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Giant board games, re-imagined classics, secret missions and a huge playground in the Grassmarket invite residents and visitors to play, participate or just spectate in a fun-filled afternoon of mental stimulation and physical challenges.

Road closures info for Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

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