Wintery days can be numerous here throughout December and January with cold crisp days and snow over the festive period. There is nothing nicer than a snowy winter’s day of sledging and walking followed by an evening by the wood-burning stove.

We have sledges a plenty so that you can make the most of the white stuff when it arrives, with a couple of ‘black runs’ up our sleeves for the more adventurous!

January can be the perfect time to catch some snow in the Pentland Hills as well as the January sales in Edinburgh.

January Availability at Eastside

Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) Fully booked

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) Fully booked

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) Fully booked

Woodshed (sleeps 2) Fully booked

What's on around Edinburgh in January?

Beech trees in snow, Scottish winter in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, trees with the hills in the background, dusk, golden light

Snowy winters day in the Pentlands

Edinburgh Fireworks, New Year, Edinburgh Festival, Balmoral, Princes Street, Scotland

Edinburgh Hogmanay 2018/19

1.

Celebrating Burns

Burn's Night | 25th January 2019 Celebrate Burn's Night throughout the capital with Haggis, neeps & tatties, and a good old-fashioned ceilidh. We have put together some of the best celebrations in the city:

Tam O’Shanter: Telling the Big Tale | 19th January 2019 : Explore Robert Burns’ master narrative and learn how to recite this most mighty of tales.

Burns & Beyond | 22nd - 27th January 2019 : A lively festival celebrating Scottish culture from Burns right up to the present day. Celebrate Burns night with their not so traditional Burns supper, join in the family ceilidh or take part in the speed whisky tasting.

Burns Supper at Prestonfield | 24th January 2019

Red, Red Rose Street | 25th - 27th January 2019 : A variety of different events, activities and animations celebrating the Scottish Bard. Words and inspiration from Burns will adorn buildings in and around Rose Street.

Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre | 24th -25th January 2019 : Enjoy a fabulous Burns supper (with haggis of course!) and a generous helping of Burns' stories, songs and lore.

Burns Unbroke | 25th January - 10th March 2019 : Contemporary Art inspired by Robert Burns

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club | (including callers for beginners) Every Tuesday

For a quick bite of our national dish nip in to the Haggis Box in the Grassmarket, serving haggis (& veggie haggis) neeps & tatties from a wee police box in the city. If you want to try to cook your own Burns supper, get a delicious locally made Macsween haggis from the local shops and follow Jamie!

Scottish cafe ceilidh burns night Edinburgh

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the supper & ceilidh

2.

Festivals & Events

Edinburgh's world famous Hogmanay street party and fireworks display gets the year started quite literally with a bang! Look forward to celebrating the nations most famous bard with dinner, dancing and poetry at the months end.

Edinburgh's Christmas | until 5th January 2019

Edinburgh's Hogmanay | 30th December 2018 - 1st January 2019 | Party the night away in the Princes Street Gardens beneath the world famous fireworks display.

Edinburgh Zoo : Giant Lanterns of China | throughout January 2019

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour | 19th January

Giant Lanterns of China

3.

Comedy, Music & Theatre

Kinky Boots | 10th December 2018 - 5th January 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra : Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 | 17th January 2019

Southside of the Tracks : 40 years of traditional music at Queens Hall | 12th January 2019

King's Theatre Panto : Beauty & the Beast | until the 20th January 2019

Les Misérables | 22nd January - 16th February 2019

Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor | 27th January 2019

Scottish Opera: Anthropocene | 31st January & 2nd February 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra : Berlioz Les Nuits d'Eté sung by Carolyn Sampson | 31st January 2019

Image from Frozen Road by Ben Page | Banff Mountain Film Festival

4.

Exhibitions

Turner in January | 1st - 31st January | An Edinburgh tradition: Turner's works, bequeathed to the Gallery by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan. Vaughan stipulated in his bequest that these delicate watercolours should be ‘exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January’. His wishes have been faithfully adhered to for over 100 years. This limited exposure has resulted in the works retaining their luminous colours and pristine condition.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles | until the 13th January 2019

In Focus : Scottish Photography | throughout January 2019

Pin-Ups : Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity | until 20th January 2019

Charles II : Art & Power | throughout January 2019

NOW: Monster Chetwynd, Moyna Flannigan, Henry Coombes, Betye Saar, Wael Shawky | throughout January 2019

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers | throughout January 2019

Robots | from 18th January 2019

Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography | throughout January 2019

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi : I want to be a machine | throughout January 2019

BP Portrait Award | from the 15th January 2019

BP Portrait Award : Time Traveler (Matthew Napping), Felicia Forte

5.

Tours, lectures & workshops

Learn something new in the New Year with tours, art workshops, the national museums open learning workshops and a robot filled Science Saturday!

Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours: Public Transport/ Private Lives | 5th January 2019

Easel sketching in the Gallery | 10th January 2019

NOW: Beginner’s Guide to… Theatricality in Contemporary Art | 12th January 2019

Curator’s Tour: NOW | 22nd January 2019

National Gallery Highlights Tours | 26th January 2019

Centre for Open Learning at the National Museum of Scotland : Learn something new with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning courses at the National Museum of Scotland | Tuesdays from the 15th January 2019

Science Saturday : Science Saturday this month will be all about robots, coding, and artificial intelligence. Something for everyone | 19th January 2019

6.

Events for Children

The National Galleries of Scotland have a great programme of events designed especially for children, babies and mums-to-be. Perfect for introducing kids big and small to their collections.

Wee Treasures (Ages 2-5) : Multi-sensory storytelling | 5th January 2019

BYOB (Bring your own baby/ bump Ages 0-1) : Informal gallery chats for grown-ups with their wee-est ones | 7th January 2019

Walk, Talk, Make (Ages 2-5) :Outdoor explorations of the Modern Art Gallery | 19th January 2019

Family Art Tours (Ages 6+) | 26th January 2019

Aerial View of Edinburgh : Alfred G Buckham (part of the' Trains Planes & Automobiles' exhibition)

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

Beech trees in snow, Scottish winter in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, trees with the hills in the background, dusk, golden light

Snowy winters day in the Pentlands

Edinburgh Fireworks, New Year, Edinburgh Festival, Balmoral, Princes Street, Scotland

Edinburgh Hogmanay 2018/19

Scottish cafe ceilidh burns night Edinburgh

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the supper & ceilidh

Giant Lanterns of China

Image from Frozen Road by Ben Page | Banff Mountain Film Festival

BP Portrait Award : Time Traveler (Matthew Napping), Felicia Forte

Aerial View of Edinburgh : Alfred G Buckham (part of the' Trains Planes & Automobiles' exhibition)

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

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