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Edinburgh's Hogmanay (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Hogmanay, as the Scots call New Year’s Eve, has long been celebrated in Edinburgh by people gathering in the city centre to welcome the New Year. It has now been formalised into a series of ticketed events. The highlight is the Street Party in Princes Street with live music, fireworks and lasers. Other events vary from year to year. For 2009 there are plans for a concert in Princes Street Gardens, a traditional ceilidh in the Old Town, and a dance production. This latter is indoors in a theatre and will run nightly from 29 December to 2 January. Catering vans provide hot drinks and food for the outdoor events. Up to 100,000 people attend the celebrations. The streets are cordoned off and access is strictly controlled by tickets. The evening usually gets going about 9pm to 10pm and lasts till the firework finale at 1am. Midnight is welcomed with the singing of Auld Lang Syne. As the events are all outdoors in winter there is a risk of last minute cancellation due to the weather, as has happened twice in recent years.

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