Event Information

Event Details

The event runs from 26 November to 3 January (closed 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 25, 31 Dec and 1 Jan).  There are 11 entry times to start your trail, every 20 minutes from 4.15pm (last entry 8.15pm).  The Garden will close at 10pm on event nights.

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.

Tickets Prices

Advance tickets: adult from £19, child from £13, family* from £60. Children under 4 and carers go free. Tickets will be dearer on the day. See booking website for a calendar of dates and prices.

Special Members Discount: Adult members can buy tickets at the reduced rate of £16. Click here for more information on becoming a Member.

Booking fees apply. All tickets are subject to a single transaction charge: £2 per transaction for print at home tickets and £2.50 for tickets sent by first class post. Bookings in person not available at this time.

* A family ticket admits 2 Adults & 2 Children.

Booking and Booking Fees

To buy your tickets online book here. Tickets bought online are subject to the following transaction charges:

  • £2 per transaction for print at home tickets
  • £2.50 for tickets sent by standard delivery

Tickets can be purchased at the Botanics' John Hope Gateway visitor centre, Arboretum Place, by debit and credit card only.  There is no booking charge for tickets purchased and collected in person at the John Hope Gateway. 

To book by telephone call 0844 995 1363 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge).



For information on the illuminated trail, please read our  Frequently Asked Questions.

Accessibility and Helpful Information

Please refer to our FAQs for more information about the event including accessibility.

The trail has been designed for all ages to enjoy and the event welcomes all visitors whatever their specific requirements.

For any specific accessibility queries, including mobility scooter and wheelchair bookings, please email visitorwelcome@rbge.org.uk


Travel Information

When buying your tickets, you will be able to enter from the West Gate entrance on Arboretum Place (EH3 5NZ) or the East Gate entrance on Inverleith Row (EH3 5LP).

  • If you are travelling by car or taxi, please choose West Gate tickets.  
  • If you are arriving by bus, please select East Gate tickets.  This entrance is well served by buses 8, 23 and 27.  Please refer to the Lothian Buses website.

No event parking close to the East Gate, please.  This entrance is intended for use only by visitors arriving by bus or on foot.


In the event of severe weather, such as strong winds or snow, the event may be cancelled. The Garden will close if the weather presents a hazard and a risk to the safety of our customers.

Any decision to cancel the event will be taken at 2pm on the day of the event. A cancellation alert will be posted to the Edinburgh Garden homepage and a notice will also appear on the rbge.org.uk/christmas page as well as via our social media channels. Customers will be contacted by their ticket agents shortly afterwards with details of how to rebook. If you have not been contacted within 48 hours, you are advised to contact your ticket agent customer service department.

PLEASE NOTE: If you bought tickets in person at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, or booked online at website rbge.org.uk/christmas or by telephoning 0844 955 1363, then you are a See Tickets customer.

Ticket agent customer service details:

  • See Tickets Customer Service
    0844 995 1363
    Email: christmastrails@seetickets.co.uk
    See Tickets cancellation notices will be set by email.
  • Ticketmaster
    Website: Ticketmaster help


RBGE welcomes photographers who capture and film their experience on cameras and smart phones for personal use and sharing via social media #christmasatthebotanics. If using photography equipment and tripods please adhere to our Photography Guidelines to ensure that you do not obstruct or diminish the enjoyment of others at the event.

Groups Bookings

There is a group rate of 10% off for groups of 10 adults or more.
For further information and to book, please email groups@seetickets.com or call SEE Tickets on 0844 412 4650.
If you are from the travel trade, please contact Neen Kelly by emailing traveltrade@rbge.org.uk


Contact Us

For sales, ticket or booking-related queries, please contact christmastrails@seetickets.com or call 0844 995 1363. (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

For accessibility queries, including mobility scooter bookings, please email visitorwelcome@rbge.org.uk

Journalists should contact Clark Communications at kirsten@clarkcommunications.co.uk or call 0131 225 9596.

Covid-19 (coronavirus) notice

You can book with confidence for Christmas at the Botanics. The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains a top priority and we will continue to monitor and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic situation as it evolves. Current plans in place for the comfort and reassurance of our visitors include:

  • Reducing the number of tickets on sale within each time slot from previous years to allow visitors more space
  • Reducing the necessity to queue
  • Revising the trail route to manage visitor flow
  • Implementing additional cleaning and having hand sanitisation stations where appropriate
  • The catering facilities are under review

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel Christmas at the Botanics, you can transfer your ticket to the following year, or get a refund.

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