Hogman-eh! Aberdeen Pavilion and Main Stage Entertainment

5:00 p.m.

Aberdeen West and East doors open, Marketplace, Hall of Origin, Milestones Bar are open.

Recorded music by Wall Sound

6:30 – 6:59 p.m.

The County Lads

6:55 p.m.

Children arrive in Aberdeen Pavilion from GREAT SCOT! KidsZone in Horticulture Building, lead by a pied piper and Princess Merida

6:55 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome and remarks by Emcee

New Year’s in Scotland countdown

7:00 – 7:02 p.m.

Balloon Drop from Main Stage

7:02 – 7:04 p.m.

The County Lads - singing Auld Lang Syne

7:04 – 7:30 p.m.

The County Lads

7:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums

7:45 – 8:45 p.m.


8:45 – 9:00 p.m.

Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums

9:00 – 9:30 p.m.


9:30 – 9:40 p.m.

Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums

9:40 – 10:10 p.m.


10:10 – 10:25 p.m.

Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums

10:25 – 11:05 p.m.

The Mudmen

11:05 – 11:20 p.m.

Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums

11:20 – 11:59 p.m.

The Mudmen

11:59 p.m.

Countdown to New Year 2019

12:00 – 12:02 a.m.

Massed singing Auld Lang Syne

12:02 – 12:12 a.m.

Guests leave Aberdeen Pavilion to watch fireworks

12:12 – 12:18 a.m.

Fireworks on the Great Lawn

Exit via the East and West doors.

Entertainment in the GREAT SCOT! KidsZone

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

NOTE: At 6:50 pm, the Pied Piper will lead children into the Aberdeen Pavilion for the New Years in Scotland, Auld Lang Syne and Balloon Drop from the Main Stage.

  • Face painting and balloon twisters, by Goopee's Fun Family Entertainment 

  • Princess Parlour with Princess Merida and Rapunzel, by Fairy Godmothers

  • Draw something Scottish drawing wall and colouring tables

  • Fleming Castle Building – building your own castle

  • Highland and Ceilidh Dancing

GREAT SCOT! KidsZone Highland and Ceilidh Dancing Schedule

5:00 – 5:15 pm                 Highland Dancers – Sherry’s School of Highland Dance

5:15 – 5:30 pm                 Ceilidh dancing with everyone

5:30 – 5:50 pm                Highland Dance performance - Macdonald Highland Dancers, Danielle’s Highland Dance Academy and the Champagne School of Highland Dance

5:50 – 6:15 pm                 Ceilidh dancing with everyone

6:15 – 6:35 pm                 Highland Dance performance - Macdonald Highland Dancers, Danielle’s Highland Dance Academy, Champagne School of Highland Dance

6:35 – 6:50 pm                Ceilidh dancing with everyone

Ottawa Highland Dancing Association  showcasing the following schools:

1.      Macdonald Highland Dancers

2.      Danielle’s Highland Dance Academy 

3.      Champagne School of Highland Dance

4.      Sherry’s School of Highland Dance 

Marketplace Vendors

Vendors accept a combination of cash, debit and credit. Best to have cash just in case. A bank machine is available in the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Fadi’s Scottish Foods

·        Scottish meat pie

·        Steak pie

·        Steak and kidney pie

·        Haggis on a bun

·        Haggis Poutine 

·        Hot dogs, pogos

·        French fries

·        Poutine

Ancestry Fine Aboriginal Catering

·        Sliced buffalo

·        Elk meat ball sandwiches

·        Corn soup

·        Wild rice salad

·        Bannock

·        Strawberry drink

Hot Potato Company

·        Wedges with poutine, or veggie chilli and cheese

·        Veggie Chilli in a cup with cheese

·        Vegan sausage rolls

·        Coffee, hot chocolate, tea 

Maggie’s Shortbread

·        Classic shortbread

·        Cranberry shortbread

·        Ginger shortbread

·        Toffee shortbread

·        Maple shortbread

·        New this year!  Scottish tablet

Penny Man

Jewelry made with Canadian pennies: earrings, cuff links, necklaces, bracelets and key chains. ALL years in hand from 1899 (!) up to 2017, including most of the big Canadian pennies from 1859 to 1920.

Purses, cell phone holders, jewelry, etc. made with recycled tire inner tubes. Yes, tires! And they are beautiful.

The Hogman-eh! VIP Experience

Back by popular demand the SSO is offering the “VIP Experience” in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Hogman-eh! to discerning New Year’s Eve revellers! Kick up your heels and enjoy select reserved seating to watch the main stage show, passes for a meet & greet with the artists, complimentary coat check, two beverages and appetizers compliments of the Milestones VIP Lounge, plus a swag bag of treats from our sponsors.

Tickets sell out fast, so get yours today! GET HOGMAN-EH! VIP Experience tickets here.


Donations of cash and non-perishable food items to the Ottawa Food Bank will be accepted in the Aberdeen Pavilion from 5:00 - 9;00 p.m. at Hogman-eh! Please give generously during this festive season!

  • Scottish Society of Ottawa

  • British Isles Family History Genealogical Society of Greater Ottawa

  • Heritage Ottawa

  • Reconstructionists

  • Ottawa Highland Dance Association

There are many great ways to get to Lansdowne Park!

Lansdowne Park is well served by OC Transpo Routes 6 and 7. To plan your trip using transit, use the OC Transpo Trip Planning Tool.  OC Transpo and Para Transpo services will be free after 8 pm on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). A special holiday schedule will be in effect. Don't forget to check your route schedule or get a new Travel Plan before heading out. Free service is sponsored by Safer Roads Ottawa, Canadian Automobile Association North and East Ontario, and the Ottawa Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).

Underground paid parking at Lansdowne Park is available, but may be limited.  Hogman-EH! event goers are encouraged to carpool or take alternate modes of transportation such as transit, taxi, Uber or walking. For more information on parking at Lansdowne, please visit the TD Place website.  Nearby parking is also available at the City of Ottawa parking facility located on Bank Street and Second Avenue. Please visit the City parking facilities for more information.  

What is Hogman-eh! anyway?

  • Hogmanay is the word for the last day of the year and represents a great Scottish New Year’s celebration. In Scotland it’s a very big deal, with a variety of traditions – including singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. In 1996, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay set the Guinness world record for the world’s biggest New Year’s Party:  300,000 people. We’ve had some fun in Canadian-izing the name of our even. Happy Hogman-eh! to all!

How many people are you expecting at Hogman-eh! 2018?

  • In past years, between 6,000 and 8,000 people came through the doors. At any one time there are about 2,000 people.

Is there an admission charge?

  • Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, including TD Bank Group and the Scottish Government and others.  We appreciate all donations to help with the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s future programming, including next year’s Hogman-eh! and other Scottish-themed events.

Are tickets required?

  • No tickets are required for general admission. Just walk right in! If you wish to access the VIP Experience area, please purchase your tickets for this in advance.

If I give money, is there a tax receipt?

  • The Scottish Society of Ottawa is a registered not-for-profit organization and therefore not eligible to issue charitable tax receipts. Please support the SSO – we are a group of dedicated (crazy Scots) who work very hard to present this free event for the Ottawa community.

Entrance Points to Aberdeen?

  • Guests are asked to use the west entrance (closest to Bank Street) or the east entrance (closest to Queen Elizabeth Drive). There will be no access from the north doors, and limited access until 10:00 p.m. from the south doors. After 10:00 p.m., the south doors will be off limits due to preparation for the fireworks.

What is the Hogman-eh! Milestones VIP Experience?

  • A limited number of tickets sold at $75 per adult for the general public, $67.50 for SSO VIP members and $50 for children will allow VIP guests access to a special seating area, a chance to mix and mingle with the performers, complimentary food and two drink tickets, a coat check, a swag bag of gifts from sponsors.  If you want to find out more, visit us online or at the event, visit the SSO booth.

What is the Scottish Society of Ottawa.  Can I join?

  • We’re a volunteer organization of people who come together to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to Canada’s multicultural fabric. We host many events during the year, including whisky tastings, Robbie Burns dinners, an annual national kilt skate in addition to Hogman-eh!.  You can join for free.  Sign up at the SSO table or online at

Where can I put my coat/skates?

  • Guests are responsible for taking care of your own coat. If you have a VIP Experience pass, there is a coat check. The Scottish Society is not liable for lost articles.

Can I pick up my belongings after the fireworks?

  • If you choose to leave items in the Aberdeen Pavilion while you go outside to watch the fireworks, the SSO will not be held responsible for lost or stolen articles. It is best to keep your personal belongings with you.

When are the fireworks?

  • Our final band will perform their final set, then we’ll do the BIG countdown to midnight, and join in fellowship to sing the traditional Robbie Burns song, Auld Lang Syne. Then we’ll head outside to watch the fireworks. Head to the bar for a final drink to be ready to toast the New Year at 11:30 p.m. There will be another New Year’s countdown and celebration earlier – at 7 p.m. in Ottawa, it is midnight in Scotland. We program this especially for the kids to enjoy the excitement of counting down the welcome to the New Year, and our Scottish guests with family and friends in Scotland can celebrate right along with them. The children absolutely love the huge balloon drop from the main stage and celebrations.

Are dogs allowed inside the Aberdeen Pavilion?

  • Seeing eye dogs are allowed, but others are not.

What activities are going to happen?

  • There’s music and dancing and entertainers for adults and children.  Check the entertainment line-up and board for upcoming performances.

Transportation and Parking

  • OC Transpo offers free bus transit anywhere in the entire city after 8:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Visit for bus routes and schedules. Parking is available underground with entrances off Colonel By Drive and Bank Street.

Can I leave my child with you in the GREAT SCOT! KidsZone?

  • Please do not leave your children unattended. We will not be responsible for taking care of your children.

Why are all these people around in running clothes?

  • Tonight was the annual “Resolution Run” organized by The Running Room.  The SSO has partnered with them, and we welcome the runners to our event after they finish their run. Good on them!

Can I get haggis/Scottish food here?

  • Absolutely!  Check out the vendors in the food area.

Where’s the Scotch whisky bar?

  • The Milestones Bar is offering a variety of single malt and blended whiskies.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

  • Wine, beer and whisky is available at the Milestones Bar. The alcohol license does not permit you to take alcohol to the event.

Where is the lost and found?

  • Lost articles will be taken to the Scottish Society of Ottawa booth. After the event, check with the City of Ottawa Lansdowne Park facilities.

Where is your Robbie Burns supper?

What’s a kilt skate?

  • The 7th annual Kilt Skate – the Great Canadian Kilt Skate – will take place in various cities across the country. The Ottawa skate will take place on the Skating Court at Lansdowne Park on Saturday, January 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Don your tartan, kilts and skates and come out for some fun in bare knees and ice!