Kew Gardens Christmas Illuminations Trail

What a beautiful place to stroll around for an evening. The Christmas illuminations trail at Kew Gardens is full of ‘wow’ moments, with something totally different and exciting around every corner.

The vast Palm House looks spectacular as it changes colour and pattern – with an accompanying water and music show in the pond in front.

The Choir of the Holly Bushes sings to you as you walk through their colourful, circular selves, and you will almost certainly end up with their carol in your head for the rest of the night.

There are lots of exciting interactive bits too, from a tree whose colours and pulsations you can control with a variety of levers, to dangling threads of lights that you walk through, one of many points that make a fantastic photo opportunity.

A highlight for me was the revolving phoenix and flames spread all around, with the sun and moon marking the entry point. This is so simple but really effective.

There’s a mistletoe and wishing well area, a fun fair for the kids, marshmallow toasting stations and Santa’s grotto too. Just be warned-  for those with 8.15pm entry tickets, it’s not made clear to you anywhere that the stalls and funfair shut at 9.30pm until they’re already shutting…

If you want to get out of the house one of these dark nights, wrap up warm and spend an hour or two strolling round this attraction, surely one of the best of its kind.

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