Christmas at the Botanics

  • 01 December 2021 - 02 January 2022
  • £14.00 - £20.00 per person (if booked in advance)
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ

Treat your loved ones to a magical, festival illuminated trail at Christmas at the Botanics.

Christmas At Edinburgh Botanics

Larger-than-life illuminations, dancing waterside reflections, trees drenched in jewel-like colour and sparkling tunnels of light - Christmas at the Botanics returns to brighten up the dark winter nights!

This year's illuminations will include Meadow of Light, an enchanting installation featuring thousands of fibre optic lights covering the ground; a newly designed Fire Garden, themed around pinecones to reflect seasonality and the environment; and Field of Light - an exciting light show containing hundreds of LED light strands set across the ground that shoot up the surrounding trees, creating a dazzling display. 

As ever, the trail will feature the eye-catching Cathedral of Light and the Festive Finale projection at Inverleith House which has a new narrative for 2021.

Running on selected evenings between Thursday 25 November and Sunday 2 January 2022, tickets should be pre-booked online, with time slots available from 4:15pm to 8:00pm.

This is an outdoor trail, taking approximately 90 minutes to walk, therefore please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The event does not include entry into the Glasshouses.

The event is suitable for all ages. Santa will be on the trail, but as he is such a busy man at this time of year, regrettably, he is unable to meet children individually.

Xmas At The Botanics

The trail has been created to be as accessible as possible. The route is all on hard-standing, flat paths and alternative routes will be provided should they be required for customers with mobility issues.

Independent street food vendors will be set up, with a variety of seasonal tasty treats to purchase. The Botanics Shop, situated in the West Gate Entrance, will be open during Christmas at the Botanics until 10pm.



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