Published: December 19, 2022
Edinburgh has many free indoor options. The National Museum is open 364 days (pictured, closed only Christmas Day). There’s also national galleries a-plenty – Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (One and Two); Scottish National Gallery; and Scottish National Portrait Gallery (all free and open throughout, bar Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Your local council library is a also quiet, cosy place to stock up on books, CDs and DVDs to keep you entertained.
For support in a sober- and substance-safe environment, Edinburgh Recovery Activities will have a Recovery Community Café (28 December, St Mary’s Cathedral, 11:30am-3pm) and a film screening of Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (also 28 December, Grassmarket Community Café, 7pm), before hosting their annual New Year’s Party (31 December, Leith St. Andrew’s Church, 8pm-12:30am).
Soul Food offer meals for those affected by homelessness, poverty or loneliness, including Boxing Day (City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 5:30pm) and New Year’s Day (Life Church, 5:30pm). Social Bite (Rose Street) will provide food for the homeless and vulnerable throughout, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (11am-4pm), as well as distributing gifts and essential items. While Heart of Midlothian’s Big Hearts will open Tynecastle for a Winter Lunch Club for anyone in need (21 December, noon-2pm).Back to News