To celebrate Hogmanay and the New Year, Stirling hosted a fabulous, family-friendly, Light & Sound Parade that illuminated and animated our City Centre.
This year, the parade started at 6.30pm from the Top of the Town (Mars Wark), on Saturday 31 December 2016, and again hosted a spectacle of hand-crafted sculptures and lanterns enhanced by live music and carnival performers.
Then, at 12, Stirling’s ‘Midnight Moment’ marked the start of 2017 with a spectacular Fireworks Display from the city skyline.
Scroll down to see some of the images of the celebrations and the previous year.
Scotland's HogmanayEnjoy Hogmanay in Stirling! 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 datesChildren and adults joined in the lantern making workshops and were part of the parade.
Lantern Making Workshops
This year’s Hogmanay Parade featured illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which were produced and carried by members of the public, and were 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 was a series of workshops held in the Old Town Jail in Stirling.
The workshops were for everyone, including families / groups / friends as we wanted as many people to get involved in the parade as possible.
The workshops were arranged into two sessions per workshop day. Places were limited to 30 people per session (including children). Each person could book a maximum of two sessions, this was enough time to complete the lanterns.
Old Town Jail: began 19 November
Procession left Mars Wark
The workshop sessions were fabulous.
Parade left Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December
Procession left Mars Wark
Participation in the parade was part of the requirement for workshop attendance as we needed you to carry all your fabulous lanterns!
There was various musical groups accompanying the lantern bearers and the theme was ‘It’s Time to Ring in the New Year!’. It was a lovely and enjoyable evening for participants.
Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December
We held a Carnival of Light and Sound with a parade through the city centre followed by entertainment at Port Street.
We also had a Midnight Moment of fireworks across the city skyline.
This year’s Hogmanay Parade featured illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which were produced and carried by community groups, families, friends and children and were animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch and take part in.
This is an alcohol-free event and drinking is not be permitted on the event site.
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.