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.

What's on around Edinburgh in January?

Farmstead on a Winter's day

Farmstead on a Winter's day

1.

Festivals & Events

Edinburgh's Christmas | TBC

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

Burn's Night | 25th January 2018
Celebrate Burn's Night throughout the capital with Haggis, neeps & tatties, and a good old-fashioned ceilidh. 'This is Edinburgh' has put together a brilliant guide to what's on and how to celebrate the 25th.

Alternatively, head to the Scottish Café & Restaurant to enjoy a delicious three course meal, showcasing the best of Scottish produce. Once you're nicely full, dance the night away as the resident ceilidh band entertains you with reels and jigs until midnight.

Manipulate Festival | TBC

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour | TBC


Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

2.

Comedy, Music & Theatre

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

Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival

Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival

3.

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

4.

Racing

New Years day Race Meeting, Musselburgh | 1st January 2019

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the Scottish Café & Restaurant

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the Scottish Café & Restaurant

5.

Sport & Charity Runs

Great Edinburgh Winter Run | TBC

Farmstead on a Winter's day

Farmstead on a Winter's day

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival

Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the Scottish Café & Restaurant

Celebrate Burn's Night in Edinburgh with the Scottish Café & Restaurant

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