When twilight falls during the Christmas season, the magic begins at Kew Gardens which opens its gates past dark. A one mile long, illuminated Christmas trail winds its way though the famous botanical garden, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. It is the place to be in London to get into the spirit of Christmas – Queen Charlotte even dressed the first Christmas trees here during the 1790s in England!
The scented fire garden with its decorated trees and torches are a real treat to the senses.
The spectacle of fire is overlooked by a gorgeous golden phoenix.
When I went this year, illuminated presents were placed underneath some trees which were a delight to passing children.
The trail in general is great fun for children – with walk-through light strings, light tunnels, Santa’s Snowflake Grotto, Victorian carousels and much more. A truly fabulous place for a family outing during the Christmas holidays!
The highlight of Christmas at Kew certainly is the light show set against the iconic palm house! The elegant Victorian glasshouse and fountains are illuminated in many different changing colours – perfectly synchronised with classical music in the background. The perfect place to enjoy this stunning spectacle is from the viewing platform across the pond.
Hot chocolate and marshmallows was never far away – Beltane & Pop served their hot chocolates with different toppings as well as fluffy choux pastry. Marshmallows in a variety of different flavours were sold by the Marshmallowist – which could be roasted over an open fire in dedicated little huts. Food could be purchased at the Christmas village close to the entrance for hungrier visitors as well as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
Christmas at Kew runs until the 2nd of January 2016 – for more information and tickets visit their website: www.kew.org