Spend an evening in London’s famous Kew Gardens as you’ve never seen them before. Filled with festive illuminations, interactive displays and a Victorian fairground, you’ll soon be singing carols and looking for Father Christmas. Follow trails of over a million flickering lights, illuminating trees and gardens throughout the park on a specially chosen trail.
What to see and do
There’ll be singing trees, giant flowers, kaleidoscopic projections lighting up the palm house as well as a fire garden. Children can visit North Pole Village to see Santa and his elves and enjoy toasting marshmallows around the fire with a warming cup of hot chocolate. New to this year is the 18m high treetop walkway, which sees Kew’s arboretum filled with cascading waterfalls of light.
Apparently this year’s display is inspired by myths, folk tales and legends. Visitors can expect to walk along a Norse-inspired Bifröst, a series of light tunnels connecting the mundane with new worlds. You’ll also see Will o’ the Wisps created by Mandylights, and mysterious flames in the Fire Garden, created by pyrotecnic artist Mike Jones.
Eating and drinking
Another new arrival, KERB, one of London’s premier street food markets is here to shake up the dining scene. So along with the usual mulled wine, you can look forward to delicious foods of all kinds from around the world.
Tickets and prices for Christmas at Kew
Tickets are required, and fall into two categories: off peak and peak. These cost £18.00 and £21.50 online respectively (plus a transaction fee).
Off peak dates are: Nov 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th | Dec 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th
Children’s tickets are £11.00 and £13.00 respectively, and children under 4 go free (but a ticket is required). Family tickets are available starting at £52.00, and there are discounts for Friends of Kew. Tickets may be available on the day but will be limited and cost an extra £2.00 each.