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What’s On In Edinburgh – January 2020

January in Edinburgh is usually the coldest month of the year and starts off with a gigantic street party in the city centre! And if that’s not wild enough, how about a quick New Years’ dip in the Firth of Fourth? In other words, the Scots won’t be put off by the cold and neither should you. Our Capital city has a wonderful collection of events this January so keep reading below to see What’s on in January in Edinburgh.

January Edinburgh

January 2020

Message in the Skies is back from the 1st of January, this year showcasing Shorelines, a collection of letters to Scotland reflecting on our relationship with our seas, waters and coasts and our maritime heritage. Running until the 25th, the words of five celebrated writers will illuminate and animate landmarks around the city with a maritime theme this January.

Towards the end of the month the Burns & Beyond Festival and the Chinese New Year Festivals are collaborating for a very special programme of events, celebrating the alignment of Burns Night and Chinese New Year, which will both fall on 25 January 2020 – the year of the Rat.

Dates for your 2020 Diary

With another year full of exciting events throughout the city, we have compiled a small list below of some of the biggest events happing in the first half of 2020 to ensure you don’t miss out on tickets!


  • Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival 1-2 February
  • Scotland V England – 8 February
  • Scotland V France – 8 March
  • Scottish Ballet’s River Swan 9-11 April
  • Scottish Vegan Festival – 19 April
  • The Woman in Black 20-25 April
  • Big Big Gin Festival – 25 April
  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival – 23-24 May
  • Whisky Festival – 6 June
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival – 17-28 June
  • Book of Mormon 17 June-4 July
  • Royal Highland Show 18-21 June
  • Foodies Festival – 31 July
  • Edinburgh Festivals – August
  • Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo – August


Continue reading to find out What’s On In Edinburgh in January


Music, Theatre & Comedy


What? When? Where?
The Lion King Until 8th January Edinburgh Playhouse

I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue

17th January Festival Theatre
Oor Wullie  28th January-1 February King’s Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre 29th January Festival Theatre
 Until 4th January Lyceum Theatre

Culture & Arts

What? When? Where?

Beyond Realism – Dada and Surrealism

Until 31st October 2020 Scottish Galleries of Modern Art

Turner In January

1st-31st January

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Luxury of Time Until 26th January National Museum of Scotland
Dinner with Darwin 16th January *Free event  Royal Scots Club
Barbara Rae RA: Tapestries & Rugs Until 25th January 2020 Dovecot Studios

Sport, Special Events & Workshops


What? When? Where?
Message in the Skies 1st-25th January Various Locations
Edinburgh Chinese New Year festival 20th January-2nd February Various Locations
Giant Lanterns Lost World until 26th January Edinburgh Zoo 
Burns & Beyond 21st January-9 February Various Locations
BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour 25th January Festival Theatre


There’s plenty to do in the Capital as the New Year beings and we hope you can make the most of it!


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