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Christmas at Kew Gardens 2018

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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It's a magical time of year at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens during the Christmas season with a wintry wonderland of lights glittering in the night sky, through the glass of the Palm House, on the lake and in the gardens.



More than 1 million sparkling Christmas lights on a mile-long trail take you on an enchanting evening journey with immersive installations and spectacular displays as you enjoy live performances along the way.

Highlights, as you follow the illuminated path, include:-

Field of Light an encounter with hundreds of moving lights as you head towards the Great Pagoda, adorned with 80 golden dragons
Laser Garden where darting beams of lights illuminate trees in the moonlit woods
Scented Sculptural Fire Garden with flickering flames and crackling sounds, it's inspired by Five Gold Rings from The Twelve Days of Christmas



300 twinkling Origami boats floating on the shimmering surface of the lake
A dome made from tubular lights where you can enjoy a festive drink
Brightly coloured firework trees, suspended ribbons of light and the 100m-long Cathedral of Light tunnel emanating patterns and pictures to a festive soundtrack



An enchanting walkway of giant glowing peonies
The Great Broad Walk Borders surrounded by 11m-high flower sculptures and illuminated benches where you can sit, relax and admire the view along the promenade



Santa and his Elves
Vintage fairground rides at White Peaks
Jumping jets of light and kaleidoscopic water projections that dance to seasonal music in front of the Palm House with a spectacular grand finale



Christmas treats and warming winter drinks at the end of the trail with the likes of roasted chestnuts and toasted marshmallows, mince pies, spiced cider and mulled wine, and hot chocolate

A number of food and drink stalls are dotted along the trail, along with hot food and meals in the Victoria Plaza and White Peaks cafes, and a dedicated vegan grill. Furthermore, a traditional Christmas dinner can be had at the gardens' Botanical restaurant with two sittings available - either dinner at 5pm with a 7pm trail visit ticket or a 6pm trail visit ticket with dinner afterwards at 8pm.

Tickets are selling fast for this evening of wonder, so get in quick before they're gone. Adult prices range from 16.50 to 23.50 per ticket, with children 4-16yrs from 10.00 to 15.00 per ticket (dependent on the date chosen being off-peak, peak or super peak). Under 4's are free but still require a ticket. Family tickets are also available. The vintage rides are an additional 3.00 per ride or 10 tickets for 25.00. Timed entries from 5pm-10pm can be pre-booked. Last admission is 7.40pm via Brentford Gate (for tickets with reserved parking) and 8pm at the main entry point of Victoria Gate. Tickets for the Christmas dinner are 35 per adult and 15 per child (this is in addition to a trail ticket). You can book online or telephone 0844 9959675.



Only half an hour from central London and you'll be enjoying this explosion of welcoming arches, trees dripping with giant crystals, moonlit woods and all of the above drenched in colour. This experience of art, light and sound has been created by a roster of artists and it's something special to behold.
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Why? For some Christmas magic
When: 5pm-10pm
Phone: 0844 995 9675
Website: www.kew.org
Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond
Cost: Adults from 16.50, Children from 10.00
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