The magical, botanical, illuminated trail
It's the most wonderful time of the year as the tree tops of Edinburgh begin to glisten and shimmer. There's something for everyone as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in a magical after dark experience.
Now in its third year, our winter trail is established as a much-anticipated family tradition. Along our 2019 route you'll notice all-new installations; step into a Laser Garden where dancing lines of light playfully bounce across the branches; stroll towards the waterside reflections of the Festive Flotilla as hundreds of glowing boats gently bob on the shimmering surface and walk between larger-than-life icicles and neon spiral trees rising high into the night sky.
To those who have been before, rest assured the towering Tunnel of Light twinkling with thousands of pea lights festooned with seasonal cheer and the mesmerising Scented Fire Garden will both return. Plus no Botanics trail would be complete without the Inverleith House Festive Finale where brightly coloured projections dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics. Look out for Santa and his elves along the way too.
Have a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate*. Gather around the fire pit with family and friends to toast marshmallows* and end the evening browsing the gift shop at the John Hope Gateway. Don't forget the journey home, why not pick up some treats to take away.
*Separate charges apply.