Christmas At Kew 2019
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 2.6km stretch of the grounds into an almost unfeasibly magical, after-hours, mulled-wine toting festive woodland light trail.
This year’s new route is their longest yet, and involves 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 – including the treetop trail.
You’ll watch performances from a choir of singing holly bushes; explore a flickering fire garden; wander through cascades of icicles and suspended colour-shifting vines; and toast marshmallows in a garden festooned with twinkling lights. And as you wend your way along the path, there’ll be huts serving up mulled wine, cider and hot chocolate as well as KERB street food traders plating up wood-fired oven pizzas; award-winning pies; toasties; mac & cheese and more.
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 snowflakes and reindeer onto a huge spray of water in the middle of the lake.
Magical doesn’t even begin to cover it.
NOTE: Christmas at Kew runs from 20th November – 5th January 2019, and tickets start at £18. You can find out more and book on their website HERE.
Christmas at Kew | Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AE
Image credits: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
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