Christmas at the Botanics

It’s time for the light-fantastic trail once again

Gallery of photos from Nichole Marsh

Every year I wax lyrical about Christmas at the Botanics, as we enter the gates after dark and follow the light trails winding through the gardens to the accompaniment of an eclectic musical score. This year is no different – except I’ll let the photographs do the talking.

This year’s trail is created with sustainability in mind. The installations are low in energy usage, over 90% of the trail is LED, and are lit by the main power supply, not generators. Continuous lighting paths is avoided, and audience area lighting is only used where necessary for safety.

In addition to the old favourites – the Cathedral of Light and the magic of Inverleith House, there are lilies (Jigantics) floating on the pond; Ithaca’s recreation of the Aurora Borealis; floating feathers (Pyrite Creative) and 240-red-lit flowers from Floraison.

Toast your own marshmallows over an open fire. Indulge in a decadent-dessert-like hot chocolate. (And there’s plenty of on-the-go food to sustain you). Oh, and wave back to Santa as you pass by.

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