Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

As night falls, let’s go to Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and its magical outdoor trail which returns this year with over a million twinkling lights! Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies and alongside the iconic Glasshouses drenched in Christmas colours.

The winter trail is a place where fairy tales meets fantasy. Glowing larger-than-life incandescent flowers rise high into the night sky leading you on a path towards illuminated tree sculptures with delicate beads of light clinging to each branch. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles, marching reindeer and gingerbread men where you least expect to see them.

This was actually our first visit at “the Christmas at the Botanics” evening event. We absolutely loved it and everything was very well organised.

When we entered the park, the flow was very smooth, with the route you are to take clearly marked out and plenty of staff around in case you have an issue or a question.

The light displays themselves were absolutely stunning. Everything looked amazing throughout the whole path but stand out ones, were the ‘Squidsoup’, the Cathedral of Lights, the glass-house music/light display, and the finale. There was far more to it than we were expecting and it took us well over an hour to get round. It was busy but it didn’t feel too crowded and there was space to appreciate everything, even in the parts that required longer like the music/light displays.

The event runs from 23 November to 29 December 2018. There are 11 entry times to start your trail, every 20 minutes from 4.40 pm (last entry 8 pm). The Garden will close at 10 pm on event nights. Keep cosy by wearing warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.

The Garden’s profits from this event help to support the global and national plant research and conservation work.
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