Dozens of January Captions for Your New Year Photo Dump

Ensure your first post of the new year slaps.
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Updated Nov 27, 2023

You snapped all the pictures, but now you need the right January caption to go alongside them. Perhaps you're a Swiftie who wants to nod to "New Year's Day," by Taylor Swift with a Taylor Swift New Year's caption or you just need a phrase to go alongside your January photo dump. Either way, we've rounded up the best captions for New Year's, your January adventures or those leftover shots from the holidays that you never got around to posting.

You can combine these January photo dump captions with the best bachelorette party phrases or bridal party captions to ensure your post covers everything it needs to. Just make sure you're ready for all the engagement you'll get on your feed once you choose one of these for your first post in the new year. So, if you're wondering "What should I caption January on Instagram?" then you're in luck—the very best January captions are below.

January Captions to Consider in This Story: Short | Funny | Clever | Cute | Editor's Favorite

Plus: How to Do a January Dump on Instagram

Short January Captions

Sometimes less is more, and often, that's what we need to start a new year. So, pair your New Year pic with one of these short and sweet phrases.

  • What a winter-ful life.
  • It's time to 💍 in the New Year!
  • Chapter 1 of 12.
  • January photo buffet
  • January.jpg
  • Winter's camera crumbs
  • Happy YOU year.
  • 🥂 Cheers, my dears!🥂
  • Long overdue for a fresh start.
  • New year update
  • 2024 soft launch
  • Happy hibernation.
  • January's finest
  • Swipe left for winter happenings
  • Hot chocolate, cold nights and a New Year with you.
  • Cheers to new beginnings 🥂
  • Bad weather? No such thing.
  • January was more than good to me ❄️🤍
  • Snow vibes.
  • In my glitter era ✨
  • 💌 to January
  • I am this year's main event
  • January mem haul
  • Here's to my (new year) rebrand
  • "barefoot in the wildest winter"❄️ — "evermore," by Taylor Swift
  • 10 out of 35620 winter pics
  • My winter diary 🌨️
  • Stepping into [year] like…✨
  • No looking back
  • Baddie weather
  • An ode to January
  • Dry January starts tomorrow
  • Keeping [last year] in the rear view
  • Stay frosty, friends.
  • Core snow day memories
  • Not ready to take my Christmas lights down yet.
  • "I watched it begin again" — "Begin Again" by Taylor Swift
  • New Year's photo buffet
  • Here's to long winter nights.
  • January - ICYMI
  • Entering a new era
  • [year] just hits different.

Funny January Captions

Whether you're trying to find some baddie New Year's captions or want to make your friends comment "IJBOL" on your post, here are some funny January Instagram captions.

  • Too cold to be a hot mess.
  • Previously on [your name]: Winter Edition 🌨️
  • January: the Monday of months
  • I wasn't made for winter.
  • Officially yeeted [last year], skrrtin' into [new year]
  • Day 1 of pretending I'm going to keep my New Year's resolutions.
  • I switched out my sweatpants for this.
  • Happy New Year. Now go and sleep.
  • I can't make it; I'm hibernating.
  • My kind of man ☃️
  • New year, same me. Take it or leave it 😘
  • Here's to another year doing the same old things.
  • What hibernation looks like 👀

Clever January Captions

So many of us spend a lot of time thinking, "What should I caption January on Instagram?" To help with this, we rounded up the most clever year recap captions for you.

  • Brrrrrrring in the New Year.
  • ✨photo dump✨to get rid of these winter blues
  • This year is a blank page, baby, let's write our names
  • If I left you on read during the holidays, here's why.
  • With great powder comes great responsibility.
  • "Oh, the places we'll go." — "Oh The Places We'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
  • [year] trial run: complete
  • It's only cold if you stand still.
  • Powder to the people ⛷️
  • Flake it till you make it.
  • Board meeting 🏂
  • [year] understands the assignment
  • The season be freezin'.

Cute January Captions

When creating a "Happy New Year" aesthetic on your feed, cute captions are the way to go. From a darling song lyric to something that reminds your followers of cozy winter nights, there are plenty of cute phrases to grace your January feed this year.

  • "January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow." — Sara Coleridge, "The Garden Year"
  • Setting the stage for [year]
  • "I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now." — Edna, The Incredibles
  • "My wintertime love to be." — "Wintertime Love," by The Doors
  • "I watched it begin again." — "Begin Again," by Taylor Swift
  • Snug as a 🐛in a rug.
  • [year] goal: more photo dumps 🖤
  • "White lips, pale face, breathing in snowflakes." — "The A Team," by Ed Sheeran
  • "The cold never bothered me anyway." — Elsa, Frozen
  • Dog days of winter
  • "Let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater." —"Sweater Weather," by The Neighbourhood
  • "It's getting cold. I've got my big coat on." — "The Best Day," by Taylor Swift

Editor's Favorite January Photo Dump Captions

If you're having trouble deciding which January dump caption is right for you, pick one of our editor's favorites with confidence.

  • "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." —David Bowie
  • My year, you're just living in it.❣️
  • Friends don't let friends play in the snow alone.
  • "We could leave the Christmas lights up 'til January" – "Lover," by Taylor Swift

How to Do a January Dump on Instagram

When writing a caption for the new year, you'll want to find the right balance of fresh starts, a winter vibe and originality. Go-to themes and colors are snow, winter, warm and cozy things, white and blue. After seeing a lot of holiday posts, people may want something new, exciting, and completely unrelated to the holiday season. This could take the form of photos from a hike, an adventurous trip or the latest baked treat you made. Whatever you choose, highlight what makes you, YOU this year in your January post.

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