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

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 13th - 31st January 2020

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 3rd - 31st January 2020

Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 3rd - 31st January 2020

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 2020 Celebrate Burn's Night throughout the capital with Haggis, neeps & tatties, and a good old-fashioned ceilidh. Check back here for some of the best celebrations in the city.

Burns & Beyond | 20th - 26th January 2020

Prestonfield Burns Night | 23rd January 2020

Royal Yacht Britannia Burns Night | 24th & 25th January 2020

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Burns Night | 25th January 2020

Contini Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh | 23rd - 25th January 2020

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 and follow Jamie Oliver's instructions!

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 2020

Edinburgh's Hogmanay | 30th December 2019 - 1st January 2020 | Party the night away in the Princes Street Gardens beneath the world famous fireworks display.

Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light | 7th December 2019 - 5th January 2020

Edinburgh Zoo : Giant Lanterns | until the 26th January 2020

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour | 25th January 2020

Magicfest | 27th December 2019 - 5th January 2020

Giant Lanterns of China

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.

BP Portrait Awards 2019 | throughout January 2020

The Italian Connection | throughout January 2020

The MacKinnon Collection | throughout January 2020

NOW | Katie Paterson, Ciara Phillips and others | throughout January 2020

The MacKinnon Collection | throughout January 2020

Leonardo Da Vinci : A life in drawing | throughout January 2020

Paula Rego | throughout January 2020

Parasites: Battle for Survival | throughout January 2020

Tyrannosaurs | from the 24th January 2020

Beneath the Surface (featuring the work of 9 contemporary Scottish Artists) | throughout January 2020

May Morris: Art & Life | throughout January 2020

Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light

4.

Theatre

Disney's The Lion King | throughout January 2020

Scottish Dance Theatre | 29th January 2020

Craft Beer Kitchen

5.

Food & Drink

Looking for a fun days out for grown ups?

How about booking yourselves in to Craft Beer Kitchen. Stewarts Brewing has long invited the public in to try their hand at crafting the perfect pint. With expert guidance you can spend the day brewing your very own bespoke beer. If staying at Eastside the brewery are more than happy to send the beer on (within the UK) when it's ready. Not a bad holiday souvenir!

With Burn's Night on the 25th it seems apt to visit our local distillery, Glenkinchie. Whiskies from the lowlands are generally considered the most light-bodied of the single malts. Lighter in nature, with a gentle palate which makes them easy to drink, especially for those who are new to single malt whisky. From tastings to behind the scenes tours you can tailor make the whisky experience exactly how you'd like it.

Arcus, 2018 Brendan H Johnston | BP Portrait Award 2019

6.

Tours, lectures & workshops

Learn something new in the New Year with tours, art workshops, the national museums open learning workshops and the National Museums Science Saturday! Listed as schedules become available...

Still life drawing in the Gallery | 10th January 2020

Life Drawing | 18th January 2020

7.

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) | 4th January 2020

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby/Bump) (Ages 0-1) Monthly informal gallery chats for grown-ups with their wee-est ones. This month will be a tour of BP Portrait Award 2019 | 6th January 2020

Open Studio: Make an Impression (Ages 1-3) | 7th January 2020

Postcard Portraits (Ages 6+) | 12th January 2020

Walk, Talk, Make: Winter (Ages 2-5) | 18th January 2020

Family Art Tour | 25th January 2020

Chinese New Year at the National Museum | 25th January 2020

Head of Leda | Leonardo Da Vinci : A life in drawing

Group of the 57th Regiment | Scotland’s Photograph Album | The MacKinnon Collection

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

Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light

Craft Beer Kitchen

Arcus, 2018 Brendan H Johnston | BP Portrait Award 2019

Head of Leda | Leonardo Da Vinci : A life in drawing

Group of the 57th Regiment | Scotland’s Photograph Album | The MacKinnon Collection

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