Christmas at Kew Gardens, London

Christmas at Kew

As twilight falls…the magic begins…

 Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Saturday 02 January 2016

5pm – 10pm (timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm)

Christmas at Kew once again combines Kew’s breathtaking winter landscape with a new, glittering mile long trail, creating a magical after dark experience. Now in its third year, the winter light experience for 2015 focuses on the Christmas tree and Kew’s special part in its history. It was Queen Charlotte, a founder of Kew Gardens, who first dressed branches of a Christmas tree in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace for all to enjoy in the 1790s.

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Visitors can wander beneath bewitching tree canopies drenched in Christmas hues, and gaze at glowing waterside reflections as clusters of illuminated fountains dance in an explosion of colour, set against the iconic Palm House. Walk through playful ribbons of light, count the Christmas trees festooned with seasonal cheer, and listen to the Choir of the Holly Bushes as they twinkle in time to festive music. Stroll a fairytale avenue of larger-than-life winter flora featuring much loved snowdrops and Christmas roses. Stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of reflection and take time with family and friends to contemplate the year almost gone and look forward to the year to come.

The younger members of the family can catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves putting the finishing touches to their Christmas preparations on the stage behind the Princess of Wales Conservatory. A Victorian Carousel and family rides, can be found at the White Peaks Cafe.

Keep warm under the stars with a mulled wine, spiced cider, or hot chocolate, as well as roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, and other sumptuous traditional Christmas fare. Kew’s tastefully curated shops at Victoria Plaza and White Peaks are the perfect place to pick up unique gifts for the whole family.

 To create this event, Kew Gardens is once again teaming up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd, in collaboration with design team Culture Creative.

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Adam Farrar, Kew’s Head of Venue Hire and Events says: “After the successes of previous years, we have produced an after dark sensation that is even more beautiful, designed to really get you in the Christmas spirit. If you have missed out on this this much heralded night-time experience or if you loved what you saw and are curious about the new trail and want to wonder more into the story of the Christmas tree wrap up warm, and head down to Kew Gardens, where you will see the landscape as never before.”

During the day…

Create your own Christmas tree decorations for the festive season, with arts and crafts workshops taking place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory or create a special Christmas or Thank-you card in the Orangery. Workshops are included in the entry price and offered on a first come first serve basis. (Workshops run from 11.30am – 3.30pm; Saturday 12the December 2015 – 03 January 2016)

Catch a ride on the Victorian Carousel, or enjoy one of the family rides, which can be found outside the White Peaks Cafe. Rides are £1 per ride per child.

In the shops…

There is  a good selection of seasonal gifts available to purchase in Kew’s onsite shops and online – from quirky handmade robins and exclusive cufflinks, to a Pagoda silk tie and children’s felt animal slippers. Highlights of the Christmas range will be available to buy at kew.org/shop

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