Feeling festive with a visit to Christmas at the Botanics

Feeling festive with a visit to Christmas at the Botanics

A group of us headed along to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh after dark to appreciate the one mile illuminated trail around the gardens. It felt pretty special just being in the gardens at night but the beautiful lighting took it to a whole new level.

As you walk around the garden you come across lots of different areas which perfectly combine lighting and sound.

The tropical palm house was my favourite part, I was mesmerised just watching the light show on this truly magnificent building. I’m not joking when I say I could have stood there all evening (well if it wasn’t so cold).

Things heat up with the fire garden which has an Aztec feel to it.

Fire walk at the botanics

I loved these light up balls that changed colour, although one of my friends did think they looked a bit like alien eggs!

The route ends by walking past the giant beech hedge which is lit up with lots of twinkling lights

The beech head at Christmas at the Botanics

There’s lots more to see with something around nearly every corner including a choir of conifer trees & disco balls in trees.

Disco ball in the trees

What really surprised me was how relaxed it felt, particularly when compared to the general crush of the Christmas Markets. I’d recommend a minimum of 90 minutes to really appreciate your time there and that you wrap up warm as it is quite chilly. With adult tickets costing £16 I think it was really good value for money, you can book your tickets online so you don’t miss out.

The only disappointment was the mulled wine which was quite expensive, didn’t taste good and there was a long queue.

It is on until the 30 December 2017 and you need to buy your tickets in advance online. If you do go wrap up warm and enjoy!



  1. 5th December 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Beautiful photos, especially of the tropical palm house. I’m really looking forward to going soon. What time did you go? Trying to figure out the best time to go that isn’t too busy or cold.

    • 9th December 2017 / 10:09 am

      Thank you. I went at 7.20pm which was really good as it wasn’t too busy but it was cold, but I’m not sure if it would have been warmer earlier. Looking forward to seeing your photos

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