It's Time to Ring in the New Year!

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.

Lantern Making Workshops

Workshops

Lantern Making Workshops

Old Town Jail19 Nov onwards

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

Workshop Dates

Procession leaves Mars Wark

Saturday 31 December6:30pm

The workshop sessions are as follows:

  • *Saturday 19 November
    *Saturday 26 November - morning fully booked spaces pm only
    *Sunday 4 December
    *Saturday 10 December
    *Saturday 17 December
    *Thursday 29 December - both sessions fully booked
    *Friday 30 December - both sessions fully booked


All of the workshops will again be run by experienced carnival artists and will be lots of fun.

See below on the Workshop Booking form for session times - Remember, BOOK EARLY

Parade leaves Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December

Parade

Procession leaves Mars Wark

Saturday 31 December18:30pm

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

Time to Ring in the New Year

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.

Getting here

Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.

Travelling by bus

Stirling is well serviced by a network of local and national bus services. Routes, times and fares to Stirling are available from Traveline Scotland.

Travelling by train

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.

Travel tips:

  • Driving, please car-share wherever possible.
    For more information, visit: Liftshare
  • Respect other road-users, local residents and spectators
  • Visit Traffic Scotland for the latest travel information

Accommodation

Check out Visit Scotland's Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.

Book a Workshop

Workshop booking form

Fill in the form below to book a workshop (max 2) and we will get back to you to confirm availablility.


*Please note: Places at the workshops will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited. You will be advised before the first workshop whether you have been successful in obtaining a place.