Now in its fifth year, Christmas at Kew sees the Royal Botanical Gardens turned into an illuminated festive wonderland. Lit up with thousands of coloured lights, you can follow the trail of lakes and trees which are totally transformed into musical light shows to get you into the Christmas spirit. There will also be a funfair with a helter skelter, carousel and other traditional family rides. Let the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts keep you warm, while the kids get excited about spotting elves and visiting Father Christmas. You won’t miss out if you can only visit by day as there will still plenty of festive activities available.
Although you can visit during the daytime, the best time to visit Kew Gardens during Christmas is in the evenings as you can really make the most of the illuminations. Entry to the general gardens is from 5pm to 10pm. In order to follow the illuminated trail, you must book a timed ticket in advance. Simply book via the website and arrive at the designated time. The Royal Botanical Gardens is situated in Kew in Richmond, South West London. The closest tube stations are Kew Gardens and Richmond. You can also travel to both of these stations via mainline overground train. If you’re travelling by bus, the number 65 will take you very close to the venue.
It’s highly recommended that you wrap up warm if you’re planning to attend Christmas at Kew. The event takes place outdoors and, although there’ll be plenty of hot chocolate and mulled wine to warm up, you’ll certainly want to bring your scarf. Other highlights are the marshmallow-toasting, romantic mistletoe cave and singing holly bushes which greet you along the illuminated trail. Although this is a very popular way to get into the festive spirit, the timed nature of the trail means that it doesn’t feel too crowded and you can really take your time and enjoy the spectacular displays.
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If you are planning to visit Christmas at Kew, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see near to the venue, including: Richmond Park, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and Kew Palace. Check out what’s playing at Richmond Theatre if you’re free in the evenings.
To find out more information about the Christmas festivities at Kew Gardens, please look at the official website, where you’ll be able to find out about the 2017 opening times, prices, how to buy tickets and view a video of the Christmas lights.
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