1/15 Christmas at Kew

You won't fail to be wowed by the one million twinkling lights illuminating a winding trail through the Gardens at Kew making them brighter and more beautiful than ever before. As you walk the trail you'll be surrounded by a magical world of seasonal cheer - and you can even expect to see Santa and his Elves popping up to greet you too.

The festive adventure begins with a path lit by hundreds of illuminated globes winding through glittering trees festooned with silvery shards of light, snowflakes and stars. You’ll delight at the sight of an enormous glowing Sledge Tree made from over 360 wooden Santa’s sledges. Listen out for the sound of a chorus of Singing Trees and the awesome glistening lake where you'll see an ethereal spectacle of light and sound with the lake’s two islands slowly coming to life as angelic voices call to each other across the water.

Other unique installations by a range of artists include an ultraviolet walkway of thousands of continuously moving bubbles, clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of light, and a majestic weeping beech tree, dripping with sparkling lights. Warm up in the Fire Garden filled with a striking corridor of pulsing fire sculptures and rotating lantern-lit Christmas trees.  Indulge in roasted chestnuts, mulled cider and other tasty offerings, or why not toast your own marshmallows? Then enjoy the show-stopping Palm House finale where the pond and magnificent glasshouse will spring to life with an explosion of colourful criss-crossing laser beams, jumping jets of light, and kaleidoscopic projections playing across a giant water screen.

  • When/where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
  • Price: Advance Prices: Adult £18.50 peak / £16 off peak; Family  £55 peak /£48 off peak; Child 4 – 16  £12 peak/ £10 off peak. Under 4s free

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Kim Jones is an experienced journalist who has worked at various women’s weekly magazines, and now freelances for them and the national papers writing about travel, health and lifestyle. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and their two sons, aged 15 and 11 and loves persuading them all to come away on holidays with her in the family VW camper van.

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