Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies and alongside the iconic Glasshouses drenched in Christmas colour.
New Trail 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.
Cathedral of Light: Spot the towering Cathedral of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights.
Scented Fire Garden: Surround yourself with playful ribbons of colour-changing globes and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection.
Santa and his Elves: Amid all the festive fun don’t forget to look out for Santa and his elves along the way.
Spectacular Festive Finale: This year’s Botanics trail culminates in a spectacular Festive Finale on Inverleith House Lawn where brightly coloured projections dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics.
Seasonal Food and Gifts: 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.
The Garden’s profits from this event help to support our global and national plant research and conservation work.
Enhance your visit with a dining experience: Make your evening extra special with a visit to the Garden's Gateway Restaurant. Why not treat friends and family to a festive dinner, selected from the restaurant's exclusive Christmas Dinner Menu. Prices start at £18.95 for adults and just £5.95 for children for two courses. Available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the event run, between 4pm and 8pm. When you book your trail tickets, you will be asked if you would like to make a reservation.