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Welcome 2020 in style with the top Hogmanay and New Year events in the Highlands

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

DREADING the post-Christmas blues? Don't worry – there's still plenty going on to keep your festive spirits up...

December 27

Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Ironworks, Inverness, 7.30pm. Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. www.ironworksvenue.com/event/red-hot-chilli-pipers-3

December 28

Rhythmnreel, Duthac Centre, Tain, 7.30pm. Fundraising festive bash. www.facebook.com/events/duthac-centre/rhythmnreel-at-duthac-centre-tain/2090560414584871

Mànran, Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer, 8pm. Music from one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands. Tickets cost £20. www.highlifehighland.com/strathpefferpavilion/event/manran-with-special-guests-rura

Hogmanay in Dornoch.
Hogmanay in Dornoch.

December 31

Rhythmnreel Hogmanay Bash, Ironworks, Inverness, 9pm. The Highland's biggest indoor party. www.ironworksvenue.com/event/rhythmnreel

Hogmanay Street Party, Sir John's Square, Thurso, 11pm-1am. Featuring music from Cover2Cover. www.facebook.com/events/2352906864957592

Dornoch Street Party, The Square, Dornoch, 10:30pm. The famous Dornoch Hogmanay Party with Red Reel Ceilidh Band. A lone piper will play on the castle battlements at midnight, followed by a firework display, and best of all it's free entry. www.dornoch.org.uk/new-year-celebrations.asp

Red Hot Highland Fling at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.
Red Hot Highland Fling at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.

Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay Show, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness, 8pm. Scotland's biggest free Hogmanay concert. www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/events_directory.php

Hogmanay Hoolie, Mercure Hotel, Church Street, Inverness. A gala buffet dinner in the evening will be followed by a special celebration dance featuring the fabulous Texas Gun and the wonderful high energy Joe Davitt and his Country Band. www.northhighlandevents.co.uk/event/hogmanay-hooley-new-year-2020-in-the-heart-of-inverness

Hogmanay Gala Dinner, Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness. A delicious 5-course gala dinner followed by a real hooley featuring Torridon. Adult tickets are £105 and child tickets (11 years and under) are £70. www.kingsmillshotel.com/hotel/special-offers/festive-offers/hogmanay-gala-dinner

Hogmanay at MacDonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore. Start the night off with a 3-course set meal, followed by children's games, a live show, an amazing ceilidh band and a fantastic firework display to bring in the bells. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/hidden/hogmanay-at-macdonald-aviemore-resort

Hootananny Hogmanany Extravaganza, Hootananny, Church Street, Inverness, 8pm. 3 floors of entertainment to bring in 2020! www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk/event/hootananny-hogmanany-extravaganza-2/?instance_id=4608

Hogmanay Smoko Party, Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. With DJs Kristian Elliot and OC. www.whatsonhighlands.com/listings/27225-hogmanay-smoko-party

The Loony Dook at Dornoch Beach.
The Loony Dook at Dornoch Beach.

January 1

New Year Soakin', Thurso Beach, Thurso, noon-4pm. Kick start 2020 with a splash in the sea! Registration for adults is £10 and for kids £1. All money raised to go towards Thurso Harbour regeneration plans. www.thursocdt.co.uk/new-year-soakin

Dornoch Loony Dook, Dornoch Beach, 12:15pm for 12:30pm splash (note later start for tide times). Watch the brave ones doing the dook. Soup and porridge available! www.dornoch.org.uk/new-year-celebrations.asp

Annual Dare to Dip!, Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kincraig, 10am-11.30am. £5 entry fee to raise funds for Lucky 2B Here, which aims to place defibrillators and deliver emergency life support training to communities throughout Scotland. www.facebook.com/events/loch-insh-outdoor-centre/annual-dare-to-dip/376214176655349

8th Annual Melvaig Loony Dook, Melvaig Jetty, Melvaig, noon-1pm. Fancy dress optional! www.facebook.com/events/1325331017630594

Burning of the Clavie at Burghead.
Burning of the Clavie at Burghead.

January 11

Auld New Year Ceilidh, Bonar Bridge Community Hall, Bonar Bridge, 7pm. A ceilidh and music by locals. www.sutherlandsessions.com/newpage

Burning of the Clavie, Burghead. A barrel of burning staves is carried through the streets to Doorie Hill where it is fuelled and left to burn out. Charred remnants bring luck for the coming year. www.burghead.com/clavie

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