You know Christmas is nigh when the trees and glasshouses of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are spectacularly lit and all aglow.

An annual event, Christmas At The Botanics is a mile-long illuminated trail that winds its way through the world-famous Garden providing a magical experience after dark.

At any time of the year though, it’s surreal to find yourself in a hot and humid rainforest in chilly Scotland. Gaze in awe at the majestic palm trees that reach to the ceilings of the 60ft high historic glasshouses that were built in the mid 1800s.

A centre for the study of plant diversity and conservation, the garden is open daily except Christmas Day and 1 January. Opening hours vary throughout the year. The Scotsman newspaper calls it a ‘must see’.

The Victorian Palm House becomes part of the light show at the Christmas At The Botanics event. Photo by Sarah Robinson.

 

The Victorian Palm House becomes part of the light show at the Christmas At The Botanics event. Photo by Sarah Robinson.

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