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    Christmas at the Botanics 
    23 November - 30 December

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the treetops of Edinburgh begin to glisten and shimmer. There’s something for everyone as a one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous Botanics in a magical after dark experience. Following a highly successful first year, our winter trail returns with over a million twinkling lights and plenty of new things to see.


    Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies and alongside the iconic Glasshouses drenched in Christmas colour. New for 2018, the winter trail is a place where fairytale 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. 


    Amid all the festive fun don’t forget to glimpse Santa and his elves along the way. Surround yourself with playful ribbons of colourchanging globes and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection. In the distance spot the towering Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights.This year’s Botanics trail culminates in a spectacular Festive Finale on Inverleith House Lawn where brightly coloured projections dance in time to muchloved Christmas classics.

    Why not complete your stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows at one of the fire pits and enjoy other traditional fare before finishing your Christmas shopping in the gift shop at the John Hope Gateway.


    Ticket Information 

    PEAK                      Advance     On the day 
    Adult                      £16            £18
    Member                  £14            £17 
    Family**                 £48            £55
    Child (4 - 16)          £10            £12 
    Under 4s / Carers    Free


    OFF PEAK              Advance     On the day 
    Adult                     £14            £16
    Member                 £12            £15
    Family**                £42            £50
    Child (4 - 16)         £8              £10 
    Under 4s / Carers   Free 

    ** Family tickets: 2 adults + 2 children aged 4–16

    For tickets booked via rbge.org.uk/christmas: £2 per transaction for print at home tickets, £2.50 for tickets sent by first class post. Tickets can be purchased by debit & credit card at the Botanics’ John Hope Gateway. No charge for tickets purchased and collected in person at the John Hope Gateway and Usher Hall.

    See rbge.org.uk/christmas for further information and full terms and conditions. On the day prices apply from midnight on the day prior to your visit.

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