Christmas at the Botanics

Join us in 2021 for our magical, botanical and festive illuminated trail. Tickets on sale earlier than usual, available now.

Trail Information

Trail Details

The trail runs on the following dates:

  • Thursday 25 November - Sunday 28 November 2021
  • Wednesday 1 December - Sunday 5 December 2021
  • Wednesday 8 December - Friday 24 December 2021
  • Sunday 26 December - Thursday 30 December 2021
  • Sunday 2 January 2022


Time slots are available to book at the following times:

4:15pm*, 4:30pm*, 4:45pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8:00pm

*Not available for every date


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 £20, child from £14, family* from £66. Children under 4 and carers go free. Tickets will be dearer on the day. See booking website for a calendar of dates and prices.

* A family ticket admits 2 Adults & 2 Children.

Booking fees apply. All tickets are subject to a single transaction charge: £2 per transaction per transaction for e-tickets. Bookings in person not available at this time.

Special Members Discount: Adult members can get £3 off every adult ticket they purchase. Find out about becoming a Member.






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


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.


Adverse Weather Plan and Cancellation Policy

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 page as well as our social media channels. Customers will be contacted by SeeTickets shortly afterwards with details of how to rebook.  If you have not been contacted within 48 hours, you are advised to contact SeeTickets.

Full details of the adverse weather plan and cancellation policy can be found on the the SeeTickets website.




RBGE welcomes photographers who capture and film their experience on cameras and smart phones for personal use and sharing via social media #christmasatthebotanics.

Groups Bookings
There is a group rate of 10% off for groups when purchasing 10 tickets or more. 

For further information and to book, please email