The garden is open throughout the year and is a popular destination for Londoners. Christmas at Kew takes places in the evenings between 20.11 and 5.1. The tickets sell quickly so best to get on the email list to be the first to know about the next batch. There are food and drinks available to keep you warm, but the main attraction is the trail with the lights.
Perhaps the most iconic building in Kew Garden is the Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. It looks beautiful with changing colours with music making the evening even more magical.
The Palm House
The finale of the route is located at The Palm House. It is lit by colourful lights as well as with lasers from across the Palm House Pond. Christmas messages are projected on to the fountain in the centre of the pond.
There is a viewing platform right next to the pond offering the best view of the Palm House.
Presents Under the Tree
Colourful lights illuminate many trees and plants along the trail. Some of the installations are completed by other items, such as Christmas presents.
Bifröst is a light tunnel inspired by the bridge of light in Norse mythology. The shimmering light arches look like an upside-down Viking boat
The Light Tunnel
One of the most photographed spots on the trail is the Light Tunnel formed of arches of lights. It is usually full of people wishing the get a good shot, and for a good reason, it looks great.
Fire Garden is an installation having many outdoor candles on a metal tree. The area is lit using purple and blue colours and looks terrific with the flickering light from the candles.
Waterfall of Light
Waterfall of Light is an installation reaching the tree-tops and the Treetop Walkway. The accompanying music builds a charming atmosphere around the area.
Will o’ the Wisps
It looks like something from the Moomin stories, and we are not sure what these are, but they look magical and enigmatic.
Heritage Tree with Thousands of Lights
The trail contains not only specific installations but also trees and plants that are lit with beautiful colours along the trail. One of the most spectacular ones is the Tree with Thousands of Lights.
Vines is a 30 metre long tunnel that the visitors can walk through. The colours change constantly changing the mood and the experience.
Christmas at Kew is a must-see if you are in the area. The lights are beautiful, and you are in for an unforgettable evening. The light displays change yearly and we are planning to go again next year.