Christmas at the Botanics
Join us for our magical, botanical and festive illuminated trail.
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.
A botanical world, full of festive cheer
Our crew of talented independent street food vendors will bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. You will be able to complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special. Visitors can also toast *marshmallows at one of our purpose-built fire pits.
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.
*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.
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 continuing to monitor and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic situation as it evolves.
We will continue to review the situation and communicate any further updates with you. 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.
25 November 2021 - 2 January 2022
(running selected evenings between)
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available to book ONLINE ONLY.
Prices in advance
Child (4-16) £14
Carers/Infants (0-3) Free
Prices on the day
Child (4-16) £16
Carers/Infants (0-3) Free *
* Free tickets must be booked in advance.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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
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 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
For further information and to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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