Christmas At The Botanics Magical Winter Trail

As night falls, joins the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for a magical outdoor trail returning this year with over a million twinkling lights. There's something for everyone at Christmas At The Botanics.

The winter trail is a place where fairytale 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.

Whats new for 2018?

Check out our blog piece below packed full of exciting new features this year and a throwback from last year!

A look back at 2017...

A quick look back at some of the festivities at Christmas at The Botanics Gardens last year.


If you enjoyed last years magical event, you will be AMAZED at what they have to offer for 2018. Take a look below to find out more.

Cathedral of Light

Cathedral of light


Spot the towering Cathedral of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights. The installation, never seen before in Scotland, will run for 70 metres alongside the famous Beech Hedge.

Scented Fire Garden

Scented Fire Garden


Surround yourself with playful ribbons of colour-changing globes and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection. The hypnotic beauty of a flickering, scented Fire Garden will mesmerise all.

Santa and his Elves

Santa Claus


Amid all the festive fun don’t forget to look out for Santa and his elves along the way.

Spectacular Festive Finale

Iluminated Palm House


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.

Seasonal Food and Gifts

Christmas dinner

You can complete your festive 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.

The Garden’s profits from this event help to support global and national plant research and conservation work.

Enhance your visit with a dining experience

Make your evening extra special with a visit to the Garden's Gateway Restaurant. Why not treat friends and family to a festive dinner, selected from the restaurant's exclusive Christmas Dinner Menu.

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This article was a collaborative effort, written together by the See Tickets Marketing team; Georgia, Sarah, Hayley, Callum and Abi.

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