Christmas at the Botanics

Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!

Christmas at the Botanics

About Christmas at the Botanics

25th Nov 2018 to 29th Dec 2018
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row, Stockbridge and Canonmills EH3 5LR
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the treetops of Edinburgh begin to glisten and shimmer. There’s something for everyone as a one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous Botanics in a magical after dark experience. Following a highly successful first year, our winter trail returns with over a million twinkling lights and plenty of new things to see. Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies and alongside the iconic Glasshouses drenched in Christmas colour.

New for 2018, the winter trail is a place where fairy tale meets fantasy. Glowing larger-than-life incandescent flowers rise high into the night sky leading you on a path towards illuminated tree sculptures with delicate beads of light clinging to each branch. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles, marching reindeer and gingerbread men where you least expect to see them. Amid all the festive fun don’t forget to glimpse Santa and his elves along the way. Surround yourself with playful ribbons of colour changing globes and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection. In the distance spot the towering Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights. This year’s Botanics trail culminates in a spectacular Festive Finale on Inverleith House Lawn where brightly coloured projections dance in time to much loved Christmas classics. Why not complete your stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows at one of the fire pits and enjoy other traditional fare before finishing your Christmas shopping in the gift shop at the John Hope Gateway.

Prices
PEAK: Adult Non-member £16.00 | Adult Member £15.00 | Family of 4 £48.00 | Child (5-14) £10.00 | Child under 5 Free

OFF PEAK: Adult Non-member £14.00 | Adult Member £13.00 | Family of 4 £42.00 | Child (5-14) £8.00 | Child under 5 Free

There is a non-refundable transaction fee of £2.50 for all phone and online bookings.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Christmas at the Botanics are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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