The torchlight procession that normally kicks off Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations will not take place this year due to financial pressures, organizers have announced.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival returns next month after the Covid pandemic led to the cancellation of the famous street party and other associated events in 2020 and 2021.
In previous years, crowds have gathered to watch a torchlight procession through the old town to mark the start of the festivities, but that will not take place this year.
Organizers said that due to the “current economic climate and dwindling funding available” they cannot continue with the procession, although they hope it will return next year.
In a statement, Edinburgh Hogmanay organizers said: “We have endeavored to find a way to bring the torchlight procession into Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations this year, however, we are very disappointed to confirm that ‘Due to the current economic climate and declining funding availability, we are unable to continue this event in 2022.
“Our full program of events, including activities for families and children, will be announced later this week.
“We very much hope to bring the torchlight procession back to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay program in 2023.”
Although there is no torchlight procession, event producers Unique Assembly have announced that the famous Hogmanay street party will take place again this year on December 31, while the Pet Shop Boys will lead the way. poster for the Edinburgh Hogmanay concert in the gardens.
Edinburgh City Council Leader Cammy Day said: ‘Although I share the disappointment with many that we will not see the return of the Torchlight Procession this year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will still be the best place to welcome 2023.
“So far Unique Assembly has announced an exciting Night Afore Disco with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the return of the world’s best street party with the Pet Shop Boys headlining the garden party and l crowned with a New Year’s Day Final Fling Showcase.
“Next week the full program filled with events and activities for the whole family will be announced.
“This is a new chapter for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration as we continue to rebuild from the pandemic.
“While I’m sure many will be disappointed that the torchlight procession hasn’t returned straight away, we look forward to seeing it again next year, better than ever.”