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There's revelry around the globe on 31 December, but it's north of the border that folk really let their hair down.
More than half a million visitors now attend the four-day Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh alone. The first two days of the new year are public holidays in Scotland, giving revellers plenty of time to recover from all the partying.
Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland's capital city kick off at 7pm on 30 December with a free torchlight procession and fireworks display. Proceeds from the sale of torches go to local charities. The word Hogmanay is thought to have originated from 'Hoog min dag', which means 'big love day' in Flemish-Dutch.
On New Year's Eve, West Princes Street Gardens host a concert from 8.30pm and some truly spectacular midnight fireworks. Headlining this year are the Pet Shop Boys, supported by The 1975 and Nina Nesbitt – playing against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
There's also a massive street party on the same night, with live music and entertainment, DJs, giant screens and outdoor bars. Why not join in The Keilidh – an outdoor ceilidh experience set within an exclusive area of the Hogmanay Street Party. A ceilidh (pronounced 'kay-lee') features traditional Scottish music and dancing, along with a Ceilidh Caller to teach you all the moves.
The main Hogmanay celebrations kick off in George Square, where there's an event for 25,000 ticket-holders. Join one of Scotland's biggest outdoor ceilidhs and enjoy entertainment, food, drink and plenty of Scottish music. There are arts and crafts for younger revellers, as well as storytelling and traditional dancing. Around 100,000 people take to Glasgow's streets on New Year's Eve, so the atmosphere is electric. There are also plenty of indoor events from concerts to ceilidhs and dances to DJ nights.
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Take your pick from three events in Aberdeen on 31 December. There's a Ceilidh Supper in the Beach Ballroom, featuring music and more, and a Hogmanay Concert at the Music Hall.
Whichever you choose, everyone can enjoy a stunning free fireworks display at midnight from the roof of His Majesty's Theatre, in the heart of the city.
Hogmanay is the pinnacle of the Inverness Winter Festival. Hosted by comedian Craig Hill, this year's free Red Hot Highland Fling extravaganza features entertainment from The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skerryvore and Dorec-a-belle. Gates open at 8.30pm and there’s space for 10,000 revellers.
Welcome in the new year at Bridgewater Hall with a celebration of musical theatre. Tap your toes to some popular West End show tunes, performed by stars of the stage accompanied by an orchestra, before the night concludes with a Last Night of the Proms finale.
Those with little ones can celebrate the new year as a family, at Alton Towers Resort. These special break packages include use of the tropical waterpark and exciting children's rides. Indulge in the Alton Towers Spa or some ‘extraordinary golf’ while you’re there. A New Year’s Eve dinner is included, complete with a live band, plus brunch on New Year’s Day.
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The fun starts at 5pm on 31 December, and there's plenty happening to mark the end of 2013 and the close of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival. The fun kicks off with the Winter Carnival – a parade of floats, musicians and dancers – before fireworks at Newcastle Civic Centre at 6pm.
For those who fancy a late night, there’s also a fireworks display just before midnight at NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
Join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as they dedicate an evening to showbiz glamour and famous movie themes, on 31 December. Enjoy classic tunes from John Barry, Disney, John Williams and more.
On 31 December pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs open late into the night, and the streets of central London throb with people. Crowds line the Thames and congregate in Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, going mad when Big Ben strikes 12. There are multiple road, bridge, station, and tube line closures so plan ahead – full details. Here's a taster of what's on across the city this year.
To celebrate the arrival of 2014, a spectacular fireworks display lights up the sky above the London Eye at midnight. It's enormously popular, attracting large crowds along the Thames, and designated viewing areas fill up early. It’s all shown live on BBC One, but if you’d rather be at the heart of it then plan ahead. Celebrations continue until 12.45am with a live DJ set
Head to the Southbank Centre for a retro New Year’s Eve party to remember. The venue will be transformed into four floors of fabulous fun – from vintage nightclubs and live music to dance tuition and dining. All this plus the chance to watch the official London fireworks from one of the best vantage points in town – a private terrace overlooking the Thames.
If you're game for a laugh, why not see in the new year with good humour at the Comedy Store? Head to Piccadilly Circus for the best in stand-up followed by music and dancing. On the bill this New Year's Eve are Tom Wrigglesworth, Phil Nichol, Ian Stone, Paul Thorne, Nathan Caton, Jeff Innocent and The Noise Next Door. The fun starts at 8pm.
If you're feeling fresh enough, there's plenty to do on New Year's Day.
Head to London for the New Year's Day Parade and witness more than 10,000 dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city. More than 400,000 people pack the route, and this year is the parade's 25th anniversary – so expect even more excitement than usual.
Why not begin 2014 with a classical concert? The New Year's Day Viennese Gala, in Manchester, is a light-hearted affair at Bridgewater Hall featuring music from Strauss and more.
If you're north of the border, round off the holiday with Handel – there's a special performance of the Messiah in Glasgow, on 2 January, courtesy of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus.