We are sorry to announce that the global COVID-19 pandemic has left us with no option but to cancel the 2021/22 fireball ceremony. [read more]

Fireballs Cancelled for 2021/22

This is not a post we wanted to be writing, but unfortunately this year’s Fireballs ceremony is now cancelled.

We’re sure you will all be aware of the reports of Covid case increases and the new recommendations around social distancing issued by the Scottish Government in the last few days.

Whilst there are no fresh guidelines around events such as ours (yet), we feel that it just would not be right to run at this point.

We are so proud of Stonehaven and of the Fireballs Ceremony, but we also feel we have a duty of care to the town’s residents (and in particular those in the auld toon) to not expose them to any more risk than necessary. They put up with so much from us under ‘normal’ circumstances!!

We need to say a massive thank you to Aberdeenshire Council (all departments involved), Police Scotland and the Fire Service for all their help & encouragement in getting the event planned and green-lighted in the first place. We know they are as disappointed as the rest of us.

It’s frustrating to have to make this decision so soon after announcing that it was on in the first place…

To our main sponsor, Stewart Milne Homes also a huge thank you. They have stuck with us for many years now, and have continued to show great support - it is very much appreciated.

We can’t do the event without the continued support of all our other, local sponsors - here’s to celebrating properly next year! We’re as gutted as you guys.

To the public who were looking forward to joining us to welcome in the New Year: sad times again for 2021/22, but we will be back again for sure to celebrate Hogmanay in true Stonehaven style!!

We hope you all can understand our position on this. Not an easy decision, but one that had to be made.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and as happy a New Year as it can be!!

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Fireballs Team


Stonehaven Fireballs

The Fireball Ceremony is Stonehaven's unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours. As the midnight chimes ring out on December 31st, approximately 40 men and women parade up and down the High Street swinging fiercely flaming balls around their heads.


People start to gather in the High Street from 10.00pm onwards on December 31st. The Stonehaven fireball festival starts at midnight, and lasts for approximately 20 minutes.

We have to close access to the High Street when we reach capacity. This can happen any time after 11.00pm, so don't leave it too late or you may be disappointed.

It is followed immediately afterwards by a fireworks display.



The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony takes place on the High Street, Stonehaven.


Fireballs Webcam

Can't attend the fireballs in person? Don't worry - we've got you covered! We've mounted a web cam on the clock tower to give you a bird's eye view of the fireballs.


There is no entry fee for visitors coming to watch the fireballs ceremony and tickets are not required.

There is an opportunity to make a donation when you enter the event, and these donations help Stonehaven Fireballs Association with the costs associated with running the ceremony. 

All donations are very greatfully received. 

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