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) available 5th - 31st January 2019
Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 14th - 31st January 2019
Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 5th - 31st January 2019
Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 18th - 24th & 27th - 31st January 2019
What's on around Edinburgh in January?
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
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:
Burns Supper at Prestonfield | 24th January 2019
(more to follow as we get closer to the event...)
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.
BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour | 19th January
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
Food and drink
Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious lunch & brunch inspiration!
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
New Years day Race Meeting, Musselburgh | 1st January 2019
For the best country & city spas in and around Edinburgh look no further than our 'Local spa guide'.
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
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
Scottish ceilidh dancing
Edinburgh Ceilidh Club | (including callers for beginners) Every Tuesday