Christmas at the Botanics sprinkles more surprises on festive trail

Digital Rain, Fireflies in the Woods and a cascading Sea of Light finale are amongst new installations announced today for this year's Christmas at the Botanics.

The winter spectacle, a mile-long outdoor twilight trail, will feature 15 dazzling displays including the ever popular Christmas Cathedral at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on 32 selected nights, from 25 November to 2 January.

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Digital Rain is an immersive installation by Bespoke Lighting and Video, featuring LED pixels that ‘rain down’ on those below to create a shimmering shower of light.

Fireflies in the Woods is an enchanting work from Electric Foundry, containing 100 points of light that twist through the trees to create a magical woodland wonderland.

Sea of Light, from award-winning ITHACA, will bring an enthralling mix of sound and light technology, that flows across the landscape in spectacular, glittering waves.

Christmas at the Botanics, in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is one of 15 illuminated trails staged across the UK by Sony Music. The trail is created by Culture Creative.

Simon Milne, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said: “This year’s trail promises the arrival of new, exciting and atmospheric installations enabling visitors to enjoy the Garden landscape in a completely different way.

“As we begin our landmark restoration programme, Edinburgh Biomes, we greatly appreciate the contribution that the trail makes to funding our plant research and conservation projects. By coming to the trail, visitors help to support our important work in Scotland and around the world."

To meet current Scottish Government guidelines, reduced capacities and a one-way system will be in place. Health and safety measures, to protect visitors, will be monitored throughout the run.

Jonathan Marks, Chief Development Director at Raymond Gubbay said: “This year’s easing of restrictions will allow more people within Edinburgh and beyond to safely visit this enchanting spectacle."

A timed entry system will remain this year with visitors encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment.

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