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    Christmas at Kew
    22 November - 5 January

    There’s something for everyone as Kew’s one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous botanical Gardens in a magical after dark experience.

    Now in its sixth year, our 2018 winter trail is bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.

    New this year, glittering spiral trees dripping with silvery shards guide you on your way. Enter the moonlit woods and step into a Laser Garden where refracting lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. Then stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections made by a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats gently bobbing on the shimmering surface.

    There are hidden surprises too – watch out as lights seem to tumble from the undergrowth and flash up trees like fizzing fireworks. There are giant baubles and snowflakes where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour. In the distance glimpse the sculptural Fire Garden as it flickers and crackles, whilst the much-loved pea-lit tunnel is re-imagined as a vast Canopy of Light. Along the trail the Gardens and Broadwalk are magically transformed, replanted with bright larger-than-life neon petals and gigantic flowers.


    Christmas at Kew wouldn’t be the same without the Palm House Pond finale springing to life with brightly crisscrossing colours, water screen projections and jumping light jets that dance to much-loved seasonal classics.

    Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, then browse Kew’s well-stocked shop for that extra special gift. For the young ones, don’t miss the Victorian carousel*, helter skelter* and other family rides* at White Peaks and look out for Santa and his elves along the way. There’s