Christmas at the Botanics

Submitted by edg on Fri, 7 Oct '22 8.47am
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Christmas at the Botanics - the Dripping Tree
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After selling 70,000 tickets in its first year in 2017, Christmas in the Botanics has become a mainstay of the festive season, with its popular, nature-inspired light installations and visual effects.

The mile-long, after-dark trail weaves through the historic buildings and horticultural features of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It's an important fund-raiser for the popular Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE), which is free to visit in daylight hours.

Botanic light trail 2022

Each year is a little different. In 2022, artists Ithaca bring a new overhead installation called Aurora, which is inspired by the visual tones of the northern lights, lighting up its surroundings and audience below.

Another light installation, "Feathers" by Pyrite Creative, features huge, UV feathers which appear to float in the trees.

Meanwhile, over on the Botanics Pond, trail-walkers will find the one metre tall illuminated flora of Jig Cochrane's "Lilies".

Returning festive favourites in Christmas at the Botanics 2022 include the Christmas Cathedral, Fire Garden, Inverleith House projection and the Laser Garden, which will, for the first time in Edinburgh, feature rainbow lasers casting beams and coloured dots across the surrounding landscape.

Keeping it free

While the gardens are normally free to visit throughout the day, special events like "Christmas at the Botanics" generate income for the organisation's plant research and conservation work.

In previous years, similar light events have included "Botanic Lights" which took place in October and November and the one-nighter Botanic Frights on Halloween night, 31st October.

Times and tickets

Christmas at the Botanics time slots are available for both the West Gate entrance on Arboretum Place and the East Gate on Inverleith Row, which depart at 15 minute intervals from 4.15pm to 8pm on select nights.

From 17 November to 30 December 2022 (not 21, 22, 28, 29 November & 5, 6, 25, 26 December).

Advance tickets

  • Adult £21.50
  • Member £18.50
  • Family £70
  • Child (4-16) £15
  • Carers/Infants (0-3) Free

Ticket prices on the day

  • Adult £23.50
  • Member £20.50
  • Family £78
  • Child (4-16) £17
  • Carers/Infants (0-3) Free *

* Free tickets must be booked in advance.