It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the trees, temples and glasshouses of Kew are playfully lit and all aglow. There’s something for everyone at this festive time of year as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience.
Now in its fourth year, the new 2016 winter trail is a botanical wonderland inspired by the garden itself. Enter between two giant Christmas trees festooned with ribbon and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour.
Follow the path between a carpet of light gently swaying like blossom and stop for a moment of reflection at the scented Fire Garden inspired by Five Gold Rings from The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Continue towards glittering trees dripping with giant crystals and gaze at colour changing reeds rising high into the night sky. Just ahead glimpse the Tunnel of Lights, this year animated by over 60,000 lights making patterns and pictures to a festive soundscape.
Don’t forget to stop for a Kew karaoke at the Christmas Juke Box before strolling the fairy-tale avenue of flora dotted across the Crystal Lawn. Pause at Mistletoe Moment before continuing the woodland walk between larger-than-life clusters of candles. This year, framed by sparkling hedges, the Palm House Pond springs to life with brightly coloured laser beams, fans of light and flickering orbs that dance in time to music inspired by much-loved Christmas classics.
Why not complete your Christmas treat under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows and enjoy Kew’s well stocked gift shops and other traditional fare.