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Christmas at the Botanics – Edinburgh

November 26th 2021

Christmas at the Botanics returns to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with more surprises over 32 festive nights from Thursday 25th November to Sunday 2nd January. The winter spectacle promises to have new installations and a magnificent finale that will truly amaze visitors.

Inspired by the beauty of nature, the one-mile trail weaves through the Botanics, highlighting its natural landscape as many aspects of the garden are used for the incredible visual effects.

New installations this year: ‘Digital Rain’ will feature dazzling LED pixels that will create a shimmering shower on those below. ‘Fireflies in the Woods’ gathers 100 points of light that twist through the trees, creating an enchanting woodland wonderland. ‘Aquastell’ features luminous arches, the light flowing through the ever-changing dynamic display. Our new finale ‘Sea of Light’ combines sound and light technology to create a spectacular ocean experience across the landscape.

Look forward to some together time with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden and gaze up at larger-than-life illuminations.

There will be limited capacity with timed entry to Christmas at the Botanics so make sure to plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

This is an evening event that takes place after the Garden closes.  It is an outdoor trail and does not include entry into the Glasshouses. Keep cosy by wearing warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.