Edinburgh, Scotland for New Year's

Edinburgh's Hogmany celebrations are not confined to Dec. 31. The Scots' three-day party includes...

Edinburgh's Hogmany celebrations are not confined to Dec. 31. The Scots' three-day party includes the Loony Dook, a mass-splash into the chilly River Forth on Jan. 1. LLOYD SMITH/Special to QMI Agency

Kaydi Pyette, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

Forget Times Square -- Edinburgh is the real party place to ring in the New Year.

Hogmanay attracts party-goers from all corners of the globe for one of the largest New Year's celebrations in the world with five stages of live music and fireworks.

The three-day blowout kicks off on Dec. 30 with a procession of 7,000 torch-bearers winding their way through the streets. Join the Scots on Dec. 31 for a street party 80,000-people strong, and a midnight rendition of Auld Land Syne.

The festivities continue Jan. 1 with The Loony Dook, when thousands of hearty Scots take a dip in the chilly River Forth. See edinburghshogmanay.com.

Book some ice time

Make your childhood dreams come true and spend the night in an igloo -- even dine in one too!

Book now for the magical Snow Village in Montreal, an architectural delight constructed entirely out of snow and ice that opens for business on Jan. 4.

With a cool New York theme this year, architects and sculptors will create a one of a kind North American spectacle, which will feature a 25-room ice hotel and five igloos with ice beds, a 100-seat restaurant, bar, heated igloo convention centre and wedding chapel that will melt hearts.

For details on sleeping in the snow in 2013, visit snowvillagecanada.com.

 


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