Christmas at the Botanics 2019

Submitted by edg on Thu, 24 Oct '19 8.47am
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Christmas at the Botanics - the Dripping Tree
Time & place

After selling 70,000 tickets in its first year in 2017, Christmas in the Botanics returns for its third year with new light installations and visual effects.

The mile-long, after-dark trail will weave through the historic buildings and horticultural features of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Light installations include the Tunnel of Light, an immersive installation comprising of thousands of pea-lights running alongside the massive Beech Hedge. 

A Scented Fire Garden by The Pond provides moments of tranquility and reflection for visitors.

Large light installations by both UK-based and international artists will be positioned on the trail at various locations.

The event will conclude with a Festive Finale, where coloured projections will dance to Christmas classics.

Santa may make an appearance and there is seasonal food and drink to enjoy at the fire pit at the end.

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 20 minute intervals from 4.40pm to 8pm on select nights.

From 22 November to 29 December (closed 25-26 Nov, 2-3, 9-10 and 25 Dec).

The trail is around a mile long.