In a break with tradition Glasgow’s George Square will see Hogmanay celebrations with a difference this year with a new, free, day-long celebration event for family and friends – Hogmanayday.
Hogmanayday 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 the one banner, and is being spearheaded by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Life.
Organisers of Hogmanayday Glasgow Life have announced further programme details of day-long celebration that is set to be a special way to end the year.
From 12 noon until 10pm on Hogmanay families can get into the party spirit, ceilidh dancing round George Square to some spectacular live Scottish music. Revellers can feast on traditional Scottish produce and sup a tipple or two, while the little ones enjoy a multitude of family-friendly activities, as the city celebrates Hogmanayday in style for the very first-time.
On Hogmanayday the Royal Caledonian Curling Club will give everyone the chance to try out one of Scotland’s national sports on the ice in George Square. Fresh from winning Gold at the European Curling Championships in Moscow last week, Eve Muirhead and Olympic Gold winner and Team GB coach Rhona Martin launched come and try curling sessions on the spectacular ice rink in George Square, which are now available to book. Children and adults alike will also be able to join Eve and Rhona on Hogmanay for a special one-off curling taster session.
Acts already confirmed include John Carmichael and Reel Time ceilidh bands, Clanadonia and the Williamwood Pipe Band. Highland dancers will be on hand to start the dancing. Together with traditional music a band will perform covers of all those much-loved chart toppers people love to sing along to at parties, including hits by big Scottish acts such as The Fratellis, Deacon Blue, Runrig and Texas.
There will also be a kid’s zone with activities by the Glasgow Science Centre, street theatre by Mischief La Bas and the Kilted Caricaturist, plus story telling, face painting and Scottish themed arts and crafts.
Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “Glasgow Loves Hogmanay brings the city’s seasonal events and entertainment programme and retail offering under one banner. This year's traditional theme in George Square for Hogmanayday will see young and old enjoy superb music, ceilidh dancing and a range of family friendly activities, such as curling on the ever popular ice rink. It promises to be a sensational way to see out 2011."
“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 2012.”
European Curling Champion Eve Muirhead said: “It is great to be back curling on home ice. I love a good party and my love of curling is clear for all to see. Having the chance to combine both on one of the most special days of the year is a dream come true for me. I am delighted to become involved in Glasgow's Hogmanayday celebrations. I think it’s wonderful everyone has the chance to try one of Scotland's national sports on the day of one of Scotland's biggest parties.”
Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Glasgow Loves Hogmanayday is a fantastic new addition to Scotland’s Winter Festival programme. The celebrations are a special way for families to see out 2011 and welcome in the 2012 - the Year of Creative Scotland - and all that has to offer. Hogmanay revellers will be treated to live music and dancing, a feast of Scottish fare and curling taster sessions with two of Scotland’s champions - there will be something for everyone from home and across the globe to enjoy.”
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 will run from the 27th December until the 3rd January 2012 and encompasses music, film, food and drink, dancing and family entertainment plus the best shopping in the UK outside London’s West End. A free-to-download, bespoke Glasgow Loves Hogmanay app will be available from 19th December at: www.glasgowloveshogmanay.com