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Hattie Lloyd 29/09/23

Christmas at Kew

There are plenty of queues in the run-up to Christmas… but there’s only one Kew.

Christmas at Kew was the OG that started it all; the one that inspired a dozen other winter light trails in London. It’s been going for 11 years now, and as you’d imagine, they’ve become pretty good at the whole thing by now.

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From the 2022 trail – credit Rikard Osterlund

As of 15th November, they’ll be transforming an entire 2.7km stretch of the botanic parkland that is Kew Gardens into an almost unfeasibly magical, after-hours, mulled-wine toting festive woodland light trail that’s taken over a year to plan. This year’s route involves no fewer than a million individual lights, from strings of fairy-lights to giant illuminated flowers; all adorning ancient trees, especially commissioned installations, and Kew’s iconic buildings.

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Richard Haughton

Amongst brand new installations you’ll see all the returning Christmas at Kew favourites, including the flickering fire sculpture garden; the famous cathedral-inspired tunnel of light; and a windswept cascade of floating poppies. 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 musical fountain and laser beam show plays out on the lake in front.

Magical doesn’t even begin to cover it.


NOTE: Christmas at Kew 2023 runs from 15th November – 7th January 2024, and tickets start at £22.50. You can find out more and book on their website HERE.

Christmas at Kew | Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AE

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Christmas at Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AE