Now in its fourth year, surround yourself with sparkle as the after dark trail lights up for 2020. You’ll find new moments to share with friends and family – brand new bright lights for winter nights.
You can book with confidence for Christmas at the Botanics. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Find out about new health and safety measures in place.
A new trail of after-dark festive fun for the family
Enter into a botanical world festooned with seasonal cheer enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. There are hidden surprises too. Watch out as lights seem to tumble from the undergrowth and flash up trees like fizzing fireworks.
Immerse yourself within bouncing lines of light in the laser garden and discover giant luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky. There are giant baubles and snowflakes where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour. Inverleith House springs to life with choreographed beams of light dancing across its historic façade and the tunnel of light returns with twinkling splendour.
This year, why not pause for a moment of quiet reflection at the fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with mulled wine and hot chocolate*. Don’t forget to watch out for Father Christmas along the way.
* separate charges apply
Become a Member and enjoy a discount
Why not become a Member of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and receive a discount on tickets for Christmas at the Botanics? Members receive a £3 discount on all adult tickets they purchase. By joining today you will not only be supporting our vital work in plant research, conservation and education but you will also enjoy many fantastic benefits including free entry for a year to our three Regional Gardens in Scotland. Click here for more details.
If you are an existing member, enjoy your discount by booking tickets below.
26 November 2020 - 3 January 2021 (running selected evenings between)Book tickets
Prices in advance
Child (4-16) £13
Carers/Infants (0-3) Free
Prices on the day
Child (4-16) £15
Carers/Infants (0-3) Free
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please refer to our Event Access and Parking Map.
- 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.
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.
- See Tickets Customer Service
0844 995 1363
See Tickets cancellation notices will be set by email.
- See Tickets Customer Service
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.
For sales, ticket or booking-related queries, please contact email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalists should contact Clark Communications at email@example.com or call 0131 225 9596.
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 are continually monitoring and responding to the Covid-19 pandemic situation as it evolves. Current plans in place for the comfort and reassurance of our visitors include:
- Adding extra time slots and revising the trail route to manage visitor flow
- Additional cleaning across the route each night
- Catering facilities are under review
We will continue to review the situation and communicate any further updates with you. If Christmas at the Botanics is cancelled, you will be notified and offered an alternative date, if available, or a full refund. If you are unable to attend because of government restrictions in place due to coronavirus, please contact See Tickets customer service at the earliest opportunity to discuss further.