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26th Nov 2020 / 17:00

Christmas at the Botanics at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
East Gate, Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5LP

Entry type: BALLOT Check venue website for T&C's Discount/Complimentary code

Now in its fourth year, surround yourself with sparkle as the after dark trail lights up for 2020. You'll find new moments to share with friends and family - brand new bright lights for winter nights.

Enter into a botanical world festooned with seasonal cheer enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. There are hidden surprises too.

Immerse yourself within bouncing lines of light in the laser garden and discover giant luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky. There are giant baubles and snowflakes where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour. Inverleith House springs to life with choreographed beams of light dancing across its historic façade and the tunnel of light returns with twinkling splendour.

This year, why not pause for a moment of quiet reflection at the fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with mulled wine and hot chocolate*.

Don’t forget to watch out for Santa along the way!

*separate charges apply

1 ticket is entry for two people

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We would advise arriving 15 minutes before your chosen trail start time.

There will be lighting sequences created within the lighting design that will have some flashing lights contained within them. However, these will not be strobe lighting. We have worked along with guidelines on photosensitive epilepsy and will adhere to the industry standard of synchronising effects and locking the sequences to ensure that lights do not operate at more than 5 flashes per second.

Christmas at The Botanics takes place outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons access to the trail if it is felt they are open to a greater risk of injury.

The trail is approximately one mile long. We recommend that it will take approximately 1.5 hours to explore and enjoy all aspects of the trail. This is in addition to approx. 0.4 miles from the visitor centre to the start of the trail.

Assistance dogs which are highly trained are welcome and can be admitted onto the trail

The trail will be created to be as accessible as possible within the context of the natural site of The Botanics. The route is all on hard-standing, flat paths and alternative routes will be provided should they be required for customers with mobility issues. The route is designed so that it can be viewed solely from tarmac paths and hard-standing paths.

You are welcome to take photographs and to share these on social media with the hashtag #ChristmasattheBotanics.

Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we will continue to monitor and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation as it evolves. More information can be seen here:


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