Christmas At Kew 2018
Let’s be honest. The last thing you want to do at Christmas is spend it in a queue.
You do, however, want to spend it in a Kew – or at least you will, once you’ve heard how they’ve transformed an entire 2km stretch of the grounds into an almost unfeasibly magical, after-hours, festive woodland light trail.
The route is made up of no fewer than a million individual lights, from strings of fairy-lights to giant illuminated flowers; each adorning ancient trees, especially commissioned installations, and Kew’s iconic buildings.
You’ll watch performances from a choir of singing trees, explore a flickering fire garden, sip on hot chocolates and mulled wine as you pass luminous flower beds, and toast marshmallows in a garden festooned with twinkling lights, before meandering across the lake covered with hundreds of glowing boats.
It’ll all lead you to the grand finale at Kew’s own stunning Palm House, a sweeping, 19th century wrought-iron and glass palace that houses the more tropical plants of the collection. They’ll be swathing the entire building in kaleidoscopic projections, while a fountain and laser beam show plays out on the lake in front (by which we mean, they’re projecting shadow-puppet style images of Santa’s sleigh onto a spray of water in the middle of the lake. Magical doesn’t even begin to cover it). All of which you can get a particularly cosy view of with a table in their Georgian café overlooking it all, The Botanical, included in the VIP ticket.
Oh, and fast-track entry, of course.
Because we all know how you feel about those queues.
NOTE: Christmas at Kew runs from 22nd November – 5th January 2019, and tickets start at £16.50. You can find out more and book on their website HERE.
Christmas at Kew | Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AE
Image credits: Jeff Eden
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