Details of how Scotland’s biggest city will say goodbye to 2012 have been announced. On 31 December Glasgow’s George Square will play host to Hogmanayday! a free, day-long celebration for family and friends and part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals.
Organisers of Hogmanayday! Glasgow Life, has announced programme details of the bash that promises to be a special way to end the year and prepare to welcome in 2013. From 12 noon until 10pm revellers can get into the party spirit, ceilidh dancing round George Square to some spectacular live Scottish music.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and some of the musicians, dancers and storytellers performing at Hogmanayday! gave commuters at Buchanan Street underground station a sneak preview of what they can look forward to. The subway will operate until 10.30pm on 31 December to enable those in George Square to head home after the merriment and bring in the New Year at home with family and friends.
Headlining Hogmanayday! is ceilidh band sensation Skippinish. Making the trip from Oban the ensemble is certain to get the crowd ready for the bells with their traditional Scottish tunes.
Kickstarting the celebrations are Scotland’s freshest drum and pipe band Drums and Roses. After getting the party started they will make way for Kilter, the popular ceilidh outfit who’ll get the crowd moving and use up some of the energy that is bound to be building as midnight draws closer. Later the Williiamwood Pipe Band and Maryann McCreadie School of Highland Dance will stoke up all the tradition and patriotism that Glaswegians – and visitors to the city – associate with Hogmanay, as one year draws to a close and another prepares to start.
Hogmanayday! is about more than music. Partygoers can feast on traditional Scottish produce and sup a tipple or two, while the little ones enjoy a multitude of family-friendly activities, including Scottish storytelling told by actors dressed in traditional clan costumes, face painting and Scottish themed arts and crafts. Glasgow on Ice will also be open all day making George Square the coolest place in Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay.
It is part of the Glasgow Loves Hogmanay campaign, which brings together the city’s seasonal entertainment and events programme, as well as its unrivalled retail and dining offering under one banner.
Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “Scotland is renowned the world over for celebrating Hogmanay in style and as the country’s biggest city we are preparing for Hogmanayday! – a sensational way to see out 2012. Young and old alike can enjoy superb music, ceilidh dancing, a range of family friendly activities and the ever popular ice rink.
“The festivities in George Square provide families and friends with a free, fun event where we can come together and look back on the year’s highlights and look forward in anticipation to all that 2013 might bring. Hogmanayday! will be a great way to celebrate during the day while the city’s bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues will take late night revellers through into 2013. Come and join us.”
Chair of Scottish Passenger Transport, Councillor George Redmond added: “Glasgow is fast becoming Scotland’s first city for celebrating Hogmanay and this Hogmanayday! line-up is a real highlight of a spectacular programme of events over the festive season. The Subway is the easiest and quickest way to enjoy all Glasgow has to offer. So why not come to the party and then take a Shoogle home in time for the bells.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affair Fiona Hyslop said: "Scotland is globally renowned as the home of Hogmanay and the best place in the world to see in the New Year. A major highlight of Scotland's Winter Festivals, Glasgow’s Hogmanayday! - with its fantastic line up of events - promises to be a day to remember and a great way to see out the Year of Creative Scotland in spectacular style."
Hogmanayday! is a family friendly event and will end at 10pm. No ticket is required for entry to George Square; however there may be times where the venue is full, at such times a queuing system will be put into operation.
The Glasgow Loves Hogmanay campaign encompasses music, film, food and drink, dancing and family entertainment plus the best shopping in the UK outside London’s West End.
o Hogmanayday is also part of is part of the wider Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme of events that includes Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations on 31st December and culminates with Burns Night on 25th January. Find out more about celebrating Scotland’s Winter Festivals at www.scotland.org/winter