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From 13 October to 6 November follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Botanic Lights 2016

As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The award-winning Botanic Lights is set within beautifully landscaped grounds and night-time visitors are invited to explore the Gardens following a one and a half kilometre trail of colour, light and projection. Over 26,000 visitors experienced last year’s displays and it was voted ‘Best Large Event’ at the Scottish Event Awards.

As darkness descends, light installations transform popular Garden features such as the Victorian Palm House, The Chinese Hillside and Inverleith House, while illuminating the rich living collection of plants, turning the Garden itself into the story.

To explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future


The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is world renowned for its horticultural excellence, Botanic Lights is set within the beautifully landscaped grounds and night-time visitors are invited to explore the Garden following approximately one and a half kilometre trail of colour, light and installations.

This year’s event will take visitors on an all-new journey of light around the Garden, exploring regions of the world where the Garden’s plants and trees originate including the US, China, Chile, Nepal and the Tropics, where RBGE’s scientists currently research and undertake important conservation work.

The award winning Botanic Lights is presented by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in association with Scotland’s leading independent event producers Unique Events, working with lighting, AV and sound specialists Black Light.

Botanic Lights 2016 is designed by leading Scottish lighting designer Grant Anderson working with composer Claire McKenzie to create a unique night-time experience.

There is an upcoming event coming we’d like to share with you – Christmas Lights 2019-2020 and it’s going to take place also in Edinburgh! The illuminaton show and the lights are accompanied with music and holiday songs performed by Edinburgh’s most famous choirs.

Botanic Lights

Event Information

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Dates: Thursday 13 October until Sunday 06 November

Times: Please check Box office for specific session times and details on how to book

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, West Gate of the Garden on Arboretum Place


Where can I buy tickets for Botanic Lights?

Tickets for Botanic Lights are available to buy from:
Online: www.botaniclights.co.uk
By telephone: 0844 573 8455*

Tickets will be available for collection from the Botanic Lights Box Office at the West Gate (opposite Inverleith Park) of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 30 minutes before the start time of your event

In person: Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS

Botanic Lights Box Office at the West Gate (opposite Inverleith Park) of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is open 5.30pm each show day and tickets can be purchased for any day/session depending on availability. Pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment.

*Calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive.

Botanic Lights Survey

This year Botanic Lights has welcomed a record-breaking 40,000 visitors and we would like to thank everyone who has joined us at this year’s show. In order to deliver the best possible Botanic Lights experience, we would like to hear your feedback (good or bad) on this year’s event to help design the event for the future. Feel free to fill in our event survey by clicking here.

Botanic Lights Partners

Every event, every year we have numerous outstanding supporters, organizing such an event is not possible without their help.  BLP has been a contributor to last of our 3 events and they’ve always had their stand up next to the small stage with a mockup garden demonstrating their solar-powered pond care and maintenance products.  Pay them a visit to see what they are up to this year!