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Kew Gardens to twinkle even more at Christmas

This winter, even more twinkling and fantastical than ever, Christmas at Kew returns with sensational experiences. Here are all the 2019 details including: dates, times and prices.

Image of Cathedral of Lights at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Visitors can experience the nighttime beauty of a brand new trail illuminated by over one millions lights. The route will include showstoppers, plus the recently restored Temperate House, which is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world.

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Tickets will cost £18 for adults, £52 for families, £4 for children between age 4 and 16, with under 4s having free entry.

Image of welcome arches at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

French creative Studio Pitaya is bringing Bifröst to Christmas at Kew, drawing inspiration from the bridge of light in Norse mythology which connects the realm of the living and the realm of the gods. Visitors will be able to wander through the 20-metre-long tunnel of light arcades and the hypnotic animations.

Image of field of lights at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

The centrepiece of this year’s event, Brighton-based ITHACA will bring Waterfalls to Kew’s arboretum. With four spiraling columns of light cascading from the Treetop Walkway in the canopy above and will captivate visitors with dazzling reflections and a ‘Sea of Light’ at their feet.

Australian studio Mandylights returns again this year with Vines. A 30-metre-long promenade of LED vines that visitors can walk through, touch and interact with, each vine houses upto 8,000 individual colour-changing pixels.

Image of sledge tree at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Throughout the trail, Kew’s own natural splendours will feature prominently, highlighting the beauty of nature and the importance of plants in our lives.

Trees along the route will be illuminated from different angles, and branches will be wrapped with tiny blossom shaped lights to create a sparkling cherry tree walkway. The Kew Horticulture team’s pea-light-festooned heritage tree will return in all its luminous glory.

Image of palms house finale at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

The final stop, the renowned Palm House finale will feature festive projections playing across a giant screen of water in the centre of the lake, and across the iconic glasshouse itself.

Santa and his helpers will also be on hand to entertain youngsters, and a mini food village which is complete with fairground rides will be the perfect stop point. Mulled wine, mince pies and other festive treats will greet visitors from stalls along the trail, and the new Pavilion Bar and Grill will be open for dining.

Image of TILT at Kew Gardens
Image credit: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “Christmas at Kew is now a firm favourite in the winter calendar, and this year we’re bringing even more excitement with a brand new route through Kew Gardens’ UNESCO world heritage landscape. Now in its seventh year, Christmas at Kew continues to delight visitors with new and talented artists, and a truly festive atmosphere. I personally cannot wait to experience the Treetop Walkway lighting up Kew’s arboretum with what promises to be a spectacular display.”

What are the opening dates for Christmas at Kew Gardens 2019?

Wednesday 20 November – Sunday 24 November
Wednesday 27 November – Sunday 1 December
Wednesday 4 December – Sunday 8 December
Wednesday 11 December – Tuesday 24 December
Thursday 26 December – Sunday 5 January
Book a timed ticket, entry every 20 minutes from 5pm. Last entry 8pm.

Tickets can be bought online from See Tickets here.

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