Five ways to celebrate Hogmanay in the North East
Hogmanay is considered Scotland’s biggest celebration of the year and there is a fantastic selection of events taking place in the North East. For those still finalising their plans, we share some of our favourite ways to end the year and welcome 2019.
Tuck in on the train
For a relaxing and undoubtedly charming way to celebrate the end of 2018, the Royal Deeside Railway will be holding Mince Pie Specials on December 30th and 31st. Each travelling passenger will receive a complimentary mince pie and tea or coffee as they watch the picturesque scenes roll by.
The Royal Deeside Railway recreates the original Deeside Line between Aberdeen and Ballater, with special events allowing passengers to enjoy a ride on a vintage steam locomotive. Guests will be treated to beautiful views over the River Dee, with the return journey lasting around 20 minutes.
Different timetables and fares may be in operation during special events. More information can be found here.
Bounce at the Beach Ballroom
Aberdeen has no shortage of events taking place this Hogmanay. The iconic B-listed, art deco Beach Ballroom on the Promenade is hosting a traditional Hogmanay ceilidh, accompanied by the Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance Band. The event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 12.30am, with tickets priced at £45 which includes a glass of bubbly and traditional Scottish stovies.
Renowned for its characteristic bouncing dance floor, this will certainly be a unique setting for groups to show off their best Strip the Willow.
Scare away bad spirits in Stonehaven
A truly unique and exciting way to bring in the bells is by attending The Fireball Ceremony in Stonehaven. Not for the faint hearted, when the clock strikes midnight, around 40 men and women will parade along High Street swinging flaming balls around their heads. This is an ancient ritual intended to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the year to come. The procession lasts for around 20 minutes and is followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
This event is free to attend, however, access to the High Street can be closed off if the event reaches capacity so spectators should arrive in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
Join an international celebration at The Tivoli
Another beautiful Aberdeen institution hosting its own Hogmanay celebration is The Tivoli Theatre. Hogmanay Live will be broadcast to over 100 countries thanks to a partnership between Tivoli, Walkers Shortbread, Northlink Ferries, Apache and Vodafone Gigafast.
Hogmanay Live will consist of two separate shows – the first will feature traditional Scottish music and dancing with Graham Geddes & Friends performing from 7.30pm – 9.45pm. The second show will begin at 10.45pm lasting through to the bells, with music from the Tivoli Ceilidh Band and emerging indie group, Dancing on Tables.
Listen to The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Known for their fun and energetic performances, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be headlining the first ever Hogmanay in the Haughs, taking place in Turriff. The event promises to ‘put the happy back in Hogmanay’ and will also feature live performances from Mànred, a band with strong Celtic roots and The Rowies, a young traditional folk band based in the North East.
The night will take place in a heated marquee, so attendees won’t have to worry too much about low temperatures. A bar will be available and food will be on offer at the Fit Fine Food Hall. Starting at 7.30pm and ending at 2am, adult tickets cost £45pp, children aged 11-16 only pay £15 and children under 10 get in for free.
Where will you be celebrating when the clock strikes midnight?