10 Awesome Things to do in Edinburgh this January

By Megan Millisky

For those seeking adventure and new cultural experiences, Edinburgh is the perfect place to plan a January getaway. The city throws a huge celebration for the Chinese New Year. The holiday brings special exhibits at the bars and museums, and thousands gather for parades in the streets! Check out all the entertainment in Edinburgh, Scotland this January.

1. Hogmanay

Fun-seekers will want to go to Hogmanay from December 30-January 1. Each day of the festival brings Scottish Ceilidh dancing and international music. You can even watch a parade where Irishmen march with lit torches. And on January 1, you can leap into the River Forth to start your new year with a bang.

Address: River Forth United Kingdom

2. Chinese New Year Festival

January 20-February 2, celebrate the Chinese New Year while in Scotland! The celebrations here are huge - expect dancers, dragon puppets, and more. Welcome the Year of the Rat with parades and lanterns! The celebrations take place throughout the streets of Scotland.

Address: Edinburgh UK

3. Head and Shoulders Above the Rest Exhibit

Stop inside Edinburgh Castle for a history lesson about grenadiers. These were elite British Army forces who were the first to go into battle! The exhibit will run from January 6-9.

Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

4. Hot Rocks Geology Walk

January 26, walk the lush trails of Holyrood Park with an expert geologist and a park ranger. This guided tour will show you all the gems of the park, such as hardened lava and a fossilized lagoon. The walk lasts about three hours and covers bumpy terrain and hills.

Address: Queen's Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, United Kingdom

5. SCO New Year’s Gala Concert

January 1, join in a beloved tradition at the SCO New Year’s Gala Concert. This yearly show features compositions from Lehár and Strauss. It’s a classic way to ring in the new year! Enjoy the delightful sounds of Edinburgh at The Usher Hall.

Address: Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, United Kingdom

6. Edinburgh City Race

January 25, race through the streets of Edinburgh in this fun annual race. This race is known for its high-quality orienteering - trying to find your way through an area with just a compass. Beginners and those of all skill levels are welcome to run.

Address: Edinburgh UK

7. Chinese New Year at the National Museum of Scotland

Welcome the Year of the Rat at the National Museum of Scotland. Visitors can try their hand at festive activities like calligraphy, dressing up in a traditional costume, or following a trail to find Chinese zodiac animals. Kids and adults of all ages will love this exhibit on January 25.

Address: Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom

8. Chinese New Year and Burns Night at Holyrood Distillery

Holyrood Distillery celebrates the Chinese New Year and Burns Night with a week-long blitz of activities. On January 24, visitors can try themed tastings of gin and whiskey. Everyone receives a red envelope containing a prize. There will be limited edition whiskeys on sale as well.

Address: 34 W, W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DD, United Kingdom

9. Edinburgh Zoo - Giant Lanterns and Lost Worlds

Create a memorable outing during your Scotland trip with a stop at the Edinburgh Zoo. On January 26, explore the land of the dinosaurs in the museum’s Lost Worlds exhibit. And discover their Giant Lantern exhibit to learn all about the Chinese New Year.

Address: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh EH12 6TS, United Kingdom

10. Annasach's Burns Night Ceilidh

Gather at The Counting House on Burns Night. On January 24, join in a ceilidh, which celebrates traditional Scottish singing, dancing, and storytelling. There will be a haggis supper served after the ceilidh.

Address: 34 W, W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DD, United Kingdom

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