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Things to Look Forward to in Edinburgh this January

Beat the January Blues in Edinburgh

So, the Christmas and New Year holidays are over, and here we are, back in the real world. Many people find this time of year rather gloomy. In fact, the 21st January this year is Blue Monday, officially the saddest day of the year! If you’re feeling the January blues, here are a few things to look forward to in Edinburgh this month.

Burns Night

The next big Scottish festivity is Burns Night, which is held on 25th January every year. This 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. This involves all our favourite traditional Scottish fayre. We eat a dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties, drink fine Scotch whisky and recite ol’ Rabbie’s poetry. There are lots of Burns Night events to join in Edinburgh, guaranteed to bring some cheer to a cold January evening. 

Giant Lanterns of China

The magnificent Giant Lanterns of China will light up the dreariest of Januaries, with a spectacular trail of over 450 colourful lanterns. This magical event is on at Edinburgh Zoo and features mythical beasts such as unicorns, giants and kelpies, alongside animals past and present. There’s also a marketplace selling Chinese gifts and seasonal hot drinks and snacks.

Edinburgh Comedy

OK, so it’s not quite time for the Edinburgh Fringe, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to enjoy some comedy in Edinburgh. What better way to shake off the January blues, than with a proper giggle? With a mix of established acts and hilarious newcomers, check out what’s on at The Stand and Monkey Barrel comedy clubs and have a laugh this January. 

Mic on stage in front of red curtains and lights

There’s no need for the January blues in Edinburgh, with all of this and more to look forward to! So, why not book a last minute January break at Parliament House Hotel and let the good times roll!

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