Christmas at the Botanics 2023 tickets on sale now

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The magic of the festive season is set to return to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this winter as Christmas at the Botanics opens for its seventh year. 

Reimagined for 2023 with new installations and a fresh route, organisers have introduced off-peak tickets on selected evenings in November and December.

The magical, botanical trail will once again transform the garden by illuminating one of the city’s most beautiful visitor attractions with a one-mile illuminated trail.

It will run for six weeks from 16 November to 30 December.

New installations already confirmed for 2023 include Crocus, created by leading designers of illuminated flowers, Jigantics who were behind the stunning Lilies on the Botanic Pond in 2022. 

This meadow of 100 crocuses, measuring in at over a metre high, will gently sway and transform through different shades of colour in time to enchanting music.

Pampas has been created by TILT, a French artistic studio founded in 2001 that focuses on the exploration of light and its interplay with art, architecture and space.

 In this installation, visitors can explore the groves of luminous pampas plants which are animated with bright colours.

Light a Wish has been created by OGE Group, courtesy Light Art Collection and visualises the moment the dandelion seeds disperse in the air, taking your wish with them into the world.

Other returning favourites include the magnificent Christmas Cathedral, Inverleith House projection and the Laser and Fire Gardens. 

All the installations are low in energy and selected to be sympathetic to the Botanics’ environment.   

Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Simon Milne said: ‘Part of the joy of the trail is for visitors to be in the Garden after dark and to experience and enjoy a new perspective on our plants and landscapes. 

‘The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a Scottish charity, and tickets sales from Christmas at the Botanics help to fund our international plant research, conservation work and education programmes.  

‘We are more mindful than ever that the festive season can be costly, so the introduction of off-peak lower-cost tickets this year will enable event more people to join us for this fabulous show without breaking the bank.’

Tickets for this year’s show are on sale now. 

For further ticket information, pricing, and timings, please visit

Visitors are encouraged to book in advance to guarantee their preferred timeslot.

Read more on Scottish Field’s News pages. 

Plus, don’t miss the October issue of Scottish Field magazine.