Christmas at the Botanics
A magical trail with new lights for 2023
After-dark festive fun in a botanical world
Christmas at the Botanics has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.Book tickets
Discover huge seed heads floating high into the sky, a lawn of larger-than-life crocus glowing in the dark, brightly coloured pampas, sparkling tunnels of light and the Inverleith House projections with a botanical theme filled with all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays to see this year.
Grab a seasonal snack from one of the hand-picked street food vendors who bring an indulgent twist to tempting treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with a perfectly festive *spiced winter warmer, *hot chocolate or *toasted marshmallow and share it with someone special.
Your very merriest Christmas starts here. A visit to the trail is a great way of helping to fund the important plant conservation work of the Botanics, a registered Scottish charity.
Limited capacity with timed entry. Book now to secure the date and time of your choice.
*separate charges apply.
16 Nov – 30 Dec 2023
(running selected evenings between)
Off peak £19.00/ Peak £22.50
Off peak £16.00/ Peak £19.50
Family and child tickets available.
Discounted entry for Members
Become a member and support our vital work to protect the world of plants.
Christmas at the Botanics 2023
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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.
*Member discount codes are issued via our members newsletter and the Botanics magazine.
For information about the illuminated trail and details of our health and safety measures, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Customer service
For all event information and enquiries please visit Customer Service (seetickets.com)
- Accessibility and Helpful Information
Please refer to the support centre 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
Christmas at the Botanics is an outdoor illuminated trail. 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. You will be notified by email and text message and you will be informed of the re-booking process. If you have not been contacted within 48 hours, you are advised to contact SeeTickets. We advise you to check the website for the latest updates and before you travel.
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.
- Community Groups - Complementary Ticket Ballot
The complementary community ticket ballot has now closed for 2023. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application directly
- Groups Bookings
For further information and to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org