The exhilarating and extraordinary sound and light show in Edinburgh’s wonderful Botanical Gardens is now a regular and immensely popular Christmas attraction for families in this city. And no wonder.
After taking in the fabulous ‘Enchanted Forest’ experience up in Pitlochry in October Edinburgh People’s Festival members were not going to miss an opportunity to see ‘the Botanics’ lit up in all its winter glory. Both these event cast a kaleidoscope of colours and magical music onto the trees, lakes and attractions of each location amid the surrounding winter darkness. And each show sets to music their dreamy outdoor scenes and settings.We were very lucky to visit each on a clear, cold but above all dry festive evening.
This short clip from our hour long amble sees the windows of the Botanics famous ‘Winter palace’ near the East gate bedecked in changing coloured lights complimented by Tchaikovsky’s famous and annually appropriate overture from ‘The Nutcracker’. It felt like the right way to mark the centenary of the world changing Russian Revolution. This was by no means the only breathtaking scene however from an evening filled with delights.
What better way is there to throw off the midwinter blues and unwelcome pressures each commercialised Christmas now seems to bring? Like the ‘Enchanted Forest’, if you have not been before make a date in your diary now to add it to your bucket list. And do it next year.