Christmas at the Botanics

There is no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh during the festive season. From the bustling Christmas markets to stage shows, rides and attractions for all ages, you really can make the most of this time of year. But, if you’re looking for something off the beaten track, I thoroughly recommend giving Christmas at the Botanics a visit.

Each year, the Royal Botanic Garden opens its gates in the evening for a magical outdoor light trail to celebrate Christmas. The mile-long route features a breathtaking array of lights, music, stalls and entertainment to keep the whole family amused. I was lucky enough to go along this year for the first time with some of my work colleagues and had a great time!

The trail is illuminated by a beautiful spectrum of lights, as well as decorations like giant Christmas baubles and flickering flames along the grass. Each area of the Garden has a different theme and name, from the Crystal Lawn to Choir of Trees, which keeps things interesting on your journey.

A highlight of the trail is undoubtedly the enormous glasshouse lit up in time to the music roaring from the speakers surrounding it. The catalogue of colours transform like a kaleidoscope across the building and make for a mesmerising sight against the night sky.

Of course, there are plenty of photo ops dotted around the Garden to help you document your trip! In fact, you’ll find it hard to put your camera away as you wander round the trail. But, be sure to take the time to grab a hot drink and enjoy some of the delicious treats on offer along the way, from jam-filled donuts to tasty waffles.

Christmas at the Botanics is on from 24th November to 30th December with tickets costing £16 for adults and £10 for children. So, wrap up warm, grab your camera and enjoy a little Christmas magic this season.

Until next time,
Donna x

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