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Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building, Ottawa
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 5 p.m. to midnight

For the fourth year, the Scottish Society of Ottawa will host the biggest and best New Year’s Eve Party in town.  And it’s free!

In Scotland, Hogmanay celebrations on New Year’s Eve are the highlight of the festive season and continue on for days. They bring people together to sing and dance and to celebrate new beginnings. Come join us!  There’s fun for the whole family. No tickets required.

Two New Year’s Eve Countdowns! Want to get your kids home to bed early?  Join us for children’s events in the Horticulture Building, then, count down the seconds to 2016 in Scotland at 7 p.m. Ottawa time.  There will be balloons and Auld Lang Syne. Then, the party will keep going until we do the count down again at midnight with the only central Ottawa fireworks show!

Two parties for the price of one.  And that price? It’s free!

  • HOGMANAY Activities Schedule
  • Food Court Vendors
  • The VIP Experience
  • Great Scot! Kids’ Zone
  • Hogmanay T-shirts
  • Getting to Hogmanay
  • Stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel
  • Volunteer


  • 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.: Highland dancing in the Aberdeen Pavilion
  • 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.: Children’s entertainment in the Great Scot! Kids’ Zone in the Horticulture Building
  • 5:00 p.m. until midnight: Food court and scotch whisky tasting in the Aberdeen Pavilion. Check out our VIP Experience package
  • 6:40 p.m. until midnight:  Music in the Aberdeen Pavilion including Bobby Watt and Écosse, The American Rogues, The Start, and the Glengarry Pipe Band
  • 7:00 p.m.: Countdown to “midnight” with balloons for the wee ones (12:00 p.m. in Scotland)
  • Midnight fireworks on the Great Lawn, Lansdowne Park


Entertainment Line-Up

Food Court Vendors

The VIP Experience – SOLD OUT!

Milestones VIP Lounge

Kick up your heels at Hogmanay with The VIP Experience… enjoy select seating, backstage passes for a meet & greet with the artists, complimentary coat check, preferred access to the photo booth and caricature artist, cocktails and appetizers in the Milestones VIP Lounge (backstage in the Aberdeen Pavilion) to celebrate the Scottish New Year, and a swag bag of gifts and goodies from our sponsors! All this can be yours with a VIP Experience Pass for only $50.

VIP Members of the Scottish Society of Ottawa receive 10% off with a discount code! The discount code will be sent by Email. Click here to become a VIP SSO Member.

VIP Experience participants must be 19 years of age or older.


Great Scot! Kids’ Zone in the Horticulture Building

Activities: face-painting, balloon-twisting, caricatures, activities table, colouring wall, storytellers, light juggler and magic show.

Program Schedule:
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Storytelling: Kathie Kompass
6:30 p.m. Procession to Aberdeen Pavilion
7:15 p.m. Return to Horticulture Building and Magic Show
8:15 – 9:00 p.m. Storytelling: Murray McGregor

*Please note children should be accompanied by parents or guardians at all times.


Hogmanay T-shirts

Hogmanay Tshirt

Purchase a limited T-shirt at Hogmanay at the SSO booth!

Prices (cash-only): Kids sizes $15     Adults sizes $25


Getting to Hogmanay

Hogmanay takes place at the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park,

Google Maps directions

Map of Lansdowne Park

Parking – TD Place features a state-of-the-art underground parking facility that provides access to the Stadium and Arena at TD Place, the Shops at Lansdowne, and Lansdowne Park. The underground parking facility accommodates over 1,000 vehicles and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The SSO has negotiated a $20 flat rate for overnight parking for those who choose not to (or shouldn’t) drive after the event.

Road Closures – Queen Elizabeth Drive will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. due to the Resolution Run. There’s still time to register and run (until December 27th – kilts optional!). The only access to underground parking during that time will be from Bank Street.

OC Transpo: Reduced weekday schedule and free service after 8 pm on New Year’s Eve (sponsored by Safer Roads Ottawa).


Stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel

Lord Elgin Hotel logo 2015-11-27, 7 53 50 AM

Discounted rates have expired, but rooms are still available at the Lord Elgin. To reserve a room, click here