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Stonehaven Hogmanay Fireball Ceremony Walkers And Swingers New Year Fire Festivals


New Years Eve Fire Tradition held at Stonehaven Aberdeenshire parking toilets facilitites times, photos, history and general information about the Hogmanay fireball ceremony:


Stonehaven Fireballs Each Hogmanay between 45 - 60 people swing fireballs and walk through the High Street towards the harbour at the stroke of midnight.

Wear your old clothes, as the fireballs get quite lively during the parade!

After the 2019 procession, at about 12:30am the fireballs are thrown into the harbour, then the firework display at the Bervie Braes commences.

Back at the market square, you can watch the fire jugglers and then there is usually a disco until 2am 2020.



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Fireball Ceremony Prior to midnight, there is street entertainment from local musicians, puppeteers, belly dancers and local school bands from about 6pm.


The public toilets at Shorehead are usually open.


Parking restrictions into the town centre are usually enforced, but there are volunteer parking marshals to assist you in finding a safe place to park.


Stonehaven Fireballs


Each Stonehaven fireball weighs about 16 pounds and is made of items such as wood, coal, old clothing, newspapers/cardboard and dried pine cones all packed into a wire frame then sprinkled with a wee bit of paraffin.



Origins Of The Stonehaven Hogmanay Fireballs




New Year Fireball The Stonehaven fireball walkers can be traced back to local fishermen performing the ceremony in the 19th Century, though fireball ceremonies in general can be traced back to times before Christianity. The first Stonehaven fireball ceremony took place in 1907.

It is thought that the fire is symbolic to ward of evil spirits and to act as a cleanser.

The movement of the fireball may have symbolised the movement of the sun





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How To Get To Stonehaven



From Aberdeen head towards the Bridge of Dee and follow the signs for the A90.


Stonehaven Hogmanay


Open Air in the Square

These Stonehaven Hogmanay celebrations start off with Open Air in the Square festivities and to ensure the entertainment of Stonehaven locals and visitors to the North East of Scotland


The Stonehaven Fireballs will once again start at Stonehaven Harbour and the Stonehaven firewalkers will make their may round that area.



Read about Hogmanay Customs.

Read about the Burning of the Clavie.


More Scottish customs and traditions.

Aberdeenshire Hogmanay.

More Aberdeenshire Festivals.


From midday to about 4am the Stonehaven High Street will be closed from Dunnottar Avenue to the Shorehead. There will be parking restrictions all along the High Street.

From 6pm on Hogmanay night the following roads and streets will be closed until the Stonehaven fireball ceremony has finished: Market Square North, from Allardice Street to Margaret Street, Barclay Street, from Margaret Street to Evan Street.

There will be no pedestrian access to the Stonehaven piers.
The public toilets at Shorehead, next to the Maritime Rescue Institute, will be open.


A common question is How do I become a fireballer at Stonehaven Fireballs? To which the answer is to become a steward at the Fireball parade. When a new vacancy for a fireballer becomes available it goes to the stewards.
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