To celebrate Hogmanay and the New Year, Stirling will again host a fabulous, family-friendly, Light & Sound Parade that will illuminate and animate our City Centre.
This year, the parade will start at 6.30pm from the Top of the Town (Mars Wark), on Saturday 31 December 2016, and will again be a spectacle of hand-crafted sculptures and lanterns enhanced by live music and carnival performers.
Then, at 12, Stirling’s ‘Midnight Moment’ will mark the start of 2017 with a spectacular Fireworks Display from the city skyline.
Watch out for further details in the coming weeks!
Remember to dress with warm clothes and appropriate footwear for the procession.
Scotland's HogmanayCome and enjoy Hogmanay in Stirling this year! Stirling Winter Festival 2016 is supported by Scotland's Winter Festivals.
Time to Ring in the New YearA spectacular night with a light and sound procession from Mars Wark to the City Centre.
Lantern Making Workshops - various datesJoin in the lantern making workshops and be part of the parade.
Lantern Making Workshops
This year’s Hogmanay Parade will again feature illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which will be produced and carried by members of the public, and will be animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch and take part in.
In the run-up to the big procession on December 31st there will be a series of workshops at the Old Town Jail in Stirling.
The workshops are for everyone, including families / groups / friends as we want as many people to get involved in the parade as possible.
The workshops will be arranged into two sessions per workshop day. Places are limited to 30 people per session (including children). Each person can book a maximum of two sessions, this will be enough time to complete the lanterns.
Old Town Jail: beginning 19 November
Procession leaves Mars Wark
The workshop sessions are as follows:
See below on the Workshop Booking form for session times - Remember, BOOK EARLY
All of the workshops will again be run by experienced carnival artists and will be lots of fun.
Parade leaves Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December
Procession leaves Mars Wark
Participation in the parade is part of the requirement for workshop attendance as we need you to carry all your fabulous lanterns!
There will be various musical groups accompanying the lantern bearers and the theme will be ‘It’s Time to Ring in the New Year!’. It should be a lovely and enjoyable evening for participants.
Children should attend the workshops and parade with an accompanying adult at all times. If you and your family / friends or community group would like to be involved then please fill in the Workshop Booking form the bottom of the site. Come On...Get Involved!
Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December
We're holding a Carnival of Light and Sound with a parade through the city centre followed by entertainment at Port Street.
We will also have a Midnight Moment of fireworks across the city skyline.
This year’s Hogmanay Parade will again feature illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which will be produced and carried by community groups, families, friends and children and will be animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch and take part in.Keep checking back here for information on the events for Hogmanay.
In the run-up to the big procession on December 31st there will be a series of workshops at the Old Town Jail in Stirling. More information on Workshops
This is an alcohol-free event and drinking will not be permitted on the event site. Please wrap up and wear appropriate footwear.
Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.
Stirling is well serviced by a network of local and national bus services. Routes, times and fares to Stirling are available from Traveline Scotland.
Stirling has excellent train services from the main cities in Scotland such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Perth as well as more local stations.
Check out Visit Scotland's Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.
Fill in the form below to book a workshop (max 2) and we will get back to you to confirm availablility.