An Edinburgh Chinese New Year & Burns Night

It’s a very exciting day tomorrow with Chinese New Year and Burns Night falling on the same day – something that only happens every 76 years! To celebrate our Senior Marketing Manager, Gillian, has written up a few things for you to see and do this weekend!

There’s so much going on across the city over the next few days, in celebration of Chinese New Year and Burns Night. It’s so exciting to see our city host so many events for all ages at this time of year, especially when many of us, including me, tend to wrap up and stay indoors out of the cold! Ceilidh’s, music concerts and illuminated Chinese lanterns are the perfect way to warm us up and bring joy at this dark time of year.

To the many Chinese students we have here in Edinburgh, as well as our residents from China who have built their home here, it must be lovely to celebrate their New Year in style.

For us, here in Scotland (and Scots around the world), this year is particularly special. For the first time in 76 years, both Burns Night and Chinese New Year fall on the same day, so it’s a double celebration! Our beautiful city of Edinburgh is ready to paint the town read with an array of amazing gatherings. I’ve put together a brief round-up of some of the events that certainly appeal to me, and hopefully they do to you too!

I was lucky enough, this week, to attend the opening night of The Chinese Lanterns at St. Giles Cathedral. With a canopy of over 400 illuminated lanterns and a fantastic soundtrack to go along with it, St. Giles was simply stunning. If you are on or near the Royal Mile over the next week or so, it really is a must. This event is running until 1 February.

Bairns’ Burns is taking place on Saturday 25th, a traditional ceilidh for the whole family happening at the Freemasons Hall on George Street. Perfect for those of all ages, I’m sure my daughter will enjoy a wee jig, and of course a taste of haggis.

Rose Street is currently sitting under a beautiful canopy of red and white sparkling lights, definitely worth a walk through! A programme of free and ticketed events and activities is currently running until 26 January in venues along the street, be sure to check it out: https://www.burnsandbeyond.com/event/red-red-rose-street/

And of course, The Scotch Whisky Experience is offering a whole host of things in celebration of Burns and Chinese New Year over the coming days. Running until Sunday, our Amber Restaurant is offering mouthwatering Chinese inspired tapas as a twist to our traditional Scottish tapas.

We are offering a free green tea to all morning tour visitors on Saturday and giving away a red envelope, lucky coin and whisky cocktail recipe for all those who make a purchase in our shop. Our McIntrye Bar will also be serving a themed cocktail along with a CNY whisky flight!

To all our readers, we wish you a Happy New Year – Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! (or phonetically Sheen Nyen Kwhy Ler). Slàinte Mhath!


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