From festivals and fun activities to traditional celebrations and top events, make January memorable with the best things to do in Edinburgh. See what’s on.



Edinburgh is the perfect city to explore on foot. Now, thanks to Message from the Skies you can enjoy a "literary journey through the city” and explore the city as you read a new story written by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid.

Each location is a chapter, and you can enjoy the story in one evening or over an extended period of time. These chapters will be projected onto Edinburgh’s greatest buildings and landmarks. Have a walk while reading a message from the skies.


When? 1st January till 25 January

Where? Across Edinburgh

More information: Here



This year the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will display the Giant Lanterns of China, an installation of over 450 lanterns all around the zoo trails. Featuring Pandas, Lions, Dragons, be amazed by the magnificence of those lights. Not only you will be able to walk around the path and admire those beautiful lights, but you will also have the privilege to buy handmade crafts from Chinese artisans from their shops.

A fantastic adventure for adults and little ones, or simply for animal lovers.

When? 1st January till 25 February

Where? Edinburgh Zoo

More information: Here


This month, thousands of runners will run through Edinburgh for the SimplyHealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run. The 5k run will go from Holyrood Park, passing Dunsapie Loch to end the run next to the Palace of Holyrood House. The event is ideal for anyone who enjoys sport.

Children aged 7-13, can join the SimplyHealth Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run, offering a 2.5k course.


When? 13th January

Where? Holyrood Park

More information: Here


Burns’ Night it's a celebration that features whisky, haggis and poetry to commemorate the life of the poet Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759. During this night, Scots also celebrate Burns’ famous work is Auld Lang Syne. Many people hold a Burns supper, with toasts and readings of pieces written by Robert Burns.

When? 25th January

Where? Across Edinburgh

More information: Here

The Manipulative Festival is a unique and fantastic international event, presented by Puppet Animation Scotland. This comprehensive festival will show a programme of puppetry, physical theatre and animation, using cutting-edge theatre and technology.

The visual theatre performances will showcase the very best from across Europe and Canada, together with Scottish theatre-makers and prizewinning talents. Among these will be Tortoise In A Nutshell, Al Seed and Melanie Jordan.

When? 26th January

Where? Dance Base / Traverse Theatre

More information: Here


Where can I stay in Edinburgh this January

You can book accommodations and save up to 10%.

We have selected the best luxury apartments in Edinburgh to relax in this Janaury.





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