Stirling Council is announcing an exciting and diverse line-up of entertainment as we countdown the days until Hogmanay.
Thousands are expected to make their way to the iconic Stirling Castle Esplanade to take part in celebrations which include two fireworks displays – a family friendly display at 9pm, followed by the city’s largest every ever display, creating a spectacular ‘Midnight Moment’ for revellers.
‘The Voice’ winner Stevie McCrorie will be kicking off the celebrations, followed by entertainment from samba drummers Beat That and talented young singer/songwriter Matthew Gibb.
Stirling City Radio will also be out and about during the day, with the station’s resident DJ Leon Moodie joining other guests DJs in the evening to play a plethora of tunes, making sure the party atmosphere continues.
Gates open for the family display at 7.45pm and the event closes at 9.15pm, while gates for the main display open from 10.45pm and the event finishes at 12.15am.
The festivities will be focused on the Castle’s Esplanade which will provide the perfect view of both displays, with a ticketed, viewing area for 1,500 people. There will also be hot food stalls and an outdoor bar at both events. Alcohol is not permitted to be brought to the event but can be purchased on site.
There will be parking restrictions and traffic management measures in place at the Top of the Town throughout Sunday 31st December (please go to www.stirlingwinterfestival.com for further information). There will be also be no access after 7.00pm to the Old Town Cemetery or Ballengeich Cemetery for safety reasons, as these will be within the fireworks fallout zones.
Community Planning and Regeneration Convenor Chris Kane said: “What a great line up we have to welcome in the New Year in Stirling. I’m particularly pleased that families and children will have the opportunity to enjoy a fireworks display before bedtime and that we’ve ensured a real local feel to the entertainment line-up. The midnight fireworks will herald the start of an exciting year for Stirling and surrounding communities and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us all. Tickets for the two Esplanade events are selling fast and I hope you’ll join us for what will be a fantastic and fun celebration.”
Stirling’s Hogmanay 2017, is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals a programme of events managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for hosting major world class events and its internationally renowned Hogmanay celebrations”.
“We are delighted to be supporting Stirling’s Hogmanay as part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme. Both visitors and locals alike will be enjoying a fantastic range of entertainment for all ages at one of Scotland’s most iconic historical locations.”
Stirling’s Hogmanay 2017, which is supported by EventScotland, will herald in 2018 – Scotland’s Year of Young People. The Year of Young People 2018 is a national year-long programme of events, activities & ideas that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.
Stirling’s Hogmanay 2017 is part of The Stirling Winter Festival campaign. Residents and visitors can stay up-to-date with festive activity taking place online at www.stirlingwinterfestival.com.
Tickets for the firework displays are available from stirlingwinterfestival.com until Friday 29th December. Tickets for the 9pm display are £5 per person and £15 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 under 16s) and £6 per person for the midnight display.