Looking for Family Events in Scotland? Here’s a round up of child-friendly Hogmanay highlights.
HOGMANAY FLING – Inverness – The Red Hot Highland Fling will be celebrating its sixth edition this year with music and fireworks. The top name is on stage before 10pm so little ones can return home to see in the bells (or hit the sack and let mum and dad have some peace!). Compered by Craig Hill this free event takes place on the banks of the River Ness in Northern Meeting Park.
BRILLIANT BRUNTON – Musselburgh’s Brunton probably has the best child friendly offering this Hogmanay with a range of bookable activities and free events for little ones.
Paid for ticketed activities include: family ceilidhs, lantern making (these are kept at the Brunton to collect for carrying in the evening parade), Edinburgh Samba School’s drumming workshops, storytelling and puppets from ‘Sam & Rosie’s Tartan Tea Party’, ‘Sam & Rosie’s Highland Adventure’ and ‘The Three Giants’, Aladdin the pantomime, face painting and craft activities.
The free events include the Lantern Parade which sets off at 7.00pm to Fisherrow Links for a fireworks display from 7.30pm to 8.00pm.
FIRE STARTERS – Biggar Bonfire – Lit at 9.30pm the Biggar Bonfire in South Lanarkshire starts early enough for families to enjoy the fiery glow of the town’s famous event.
Comrie’s Famous Flambeaux – Although the actual bonfire is lit at midnight (so might be a little late for many families) the Children’s Fancy Dress Parade starts at 6.30pm with fireworks at 7.30pm. So enough colour and adventure before the last bedtime of 2016. Find out more here.
AULD REEKIE FOR KIDS – Two events that jumped out at me in Edinburgh were the Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band who’ll be playing for all ages at the Grand Gallery in the National Museum of Scotland’s Hogmanay Family Ceilidh. It’s a free, drop in event so if it floats your boat just turn up on the day from 2.00-3.30pm.
Sprogmanay – As well as winning the best title award Sprogmanay is running activities from 30 December 2016 through till 1 January 2017 in the National Museum of Scotland. On Hogmanay itself there’ll be Scottish storytelling in the museum, the chance to design and build with Edinburgh Art Festival, general Hogmanay arts and crafts, an opportunity to explore the museum using ‘Hogmanay’ maps, and live music performances. Another free, first come first served event in Edinburgh.
HOGMANAY HOTEL HOOTS – Dunblane Hydro is offering a Family Fun Hogmanay Package. Book a two night break, including a celebratory family dinner in Nick Nairn’s The Kailyard restaurant, followed by a disco. Prices starts at £112 per adult per night (plus little prices for little ones).
Macdonald Inchyra near Stirling is hosting a Hogmanay Family Party including a five course dinner followed by a disco in the Inchyra Ballroom. Tickets are £69.50 per adult and £30.00 per child.
The Crowne Plaza, Glasgow – The Crowne Plaza’s Hogmanay Family Disco promises dining and disco from 7.30pm till the small hours. A four course dinner from the ‘Hot Table’ in the Mariner Hotel, a children’s entertainment, a resident DJ and pipers ringing in the bells at midnight will bring in 2017 for all the family. Tickets cost £58.95 for adults, £32.95 for children under 12 years, and children under three are free.
Happy Hogmanay and all the best for 2017.
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