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Edinburgh In January: A New Year, A New Adventure

What is not to love about Edinburgh in January? The city is hidden beneath the morning mists of winter. A blanket of snow covers the nearby hills. The memory of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay still linger in the air. And the promise of an eagerly anticipated springtime thaw waits quietly in the wings. It is a new year with all new possibilities. Which means that when it comes to things to do in Edinburgh in January, our favourite capital city is never in short supply.

A New Year. An Old Tradition

Man dressed in funny swimming costumeThere is only one way to welcome in a New Year in Edinburgh, and that is with the Stoats Loony Dook. If it sounds a little crazy, that is because it is. Every year on the 1st of January, local Edinburgh residents dress up in their weirdest and wackiest fancy dress before plunging in to the sub-zero waters of the River Forth. But the looniness of the Dookers is not all for naught. As crazy as it sounds, this 30-year-old tradition raises tens of thousands of pounds for charities across the UK. With its weird and wonderful costumes, not to mention wonderfully whacky characters, the annual Loony Dook is one sure way to start the year off with a splash.

Addressing The Haggis

Plate of Haggis, neeps and tatties. With Whisky and tartan napkinAnother traditional highlight of Edinburgh in January is Burns Night. Held on the 25th of January every year, Burns Night is a celebration of the life and works of one of Scotland’s most famous poets – Robert Burns. In honour of the literary legacy he left behind, we mark the occasion with a special Burns Supper where we enjoy all our favourite traditional Scottish fayre (which usually means a dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties), drink fine Scotch whisky and recite some of ol’ Rabbie’s poetry. You can join us at the MP’s Bistro in January where we will be serving up a delicious Burns Supper set menu.

Markets, Festivals, Galleries And More

Setting the festival tone for the rest of the year is the first of many Edinburgh Festivals. The manipulate Visual Theatre Festival enables audiences and artists alike to engage with world-class visual theatre and animation. In addition to the weekly Edinburgh markets we all know and love, there is also the Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair to look forward to on the 28th of January. The National Galleries also have a few wonderful exhibitions on show in January. And since admission is free, a visit to any one of the galleries is a great way to spend a day in Edinburgh for anyone feeling the post-Christmas pinch.

With so much to look forward to in Edinburgh in January, is it any wonder we are starting the New Year celebrations a little early.

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