As twilight falls, the magic begins… on Sunday night the skies were clear whilst my boyfriend and I were eagerly on our way to explore Kew Gardens lit up for Christmas. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to follow a twinkling, illuminated trail accompanied by festive music? Each year the gardens light up with a maze of enchanted trees and flickering lights. Considering I live so near to London, I’m disappointed I didn’t know about this magical event sooner. Now in its fourth year, Christmas at Kew Gardens is as wonderful as ever.
The first thing that caught my eye as we entered the gardens were two giant Christmas trees enticing us to undertake the winter trail.
More impressive trees surrounded us; they were lit up from underneath to create a wonderful sight and the feeling of being in an enchanted forest.
As we began the trail soft music started to fill our ears. Ahead of us lay a carpet of light gently flickering in time with the music. We were surrounded by these glowing orbits of light and it was the perfect moment to stand back and enjoy the moment.
An intriguing smell wafting through the air enticed us to eventually move on. We glimpsed flickering lights ahead, could it be fire? It was. The scented fire garden was inspired by ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’; circles of fire surrounded each gift. 5 gold rings:
A heart shaped disco ball spun in the distance to music reminding me of a wind up jewellery box given to me by my nan. The heart of stars.
We continued to wander among the glittering trees with ball balls hanging from their branches. All that was missing were the presents underneath.
Ahead of us lay a tunnel of ever changing lights dancing in tune to festive music. Walking through this magnificent tunnel felt surreal, which is no wonder, considering it is lit up by 60,000 lights!
Next we approached the hive. A tremendous sphere of orange glowing beneath the nights sky. We walked underneath it for a truly magical experience.
We’d already walked passed a few places offering tempting food and beverages but the next thing we saw I could not manage to resist. It was a log cabin selling roasted marshmallows! Not just any marshmallows, huge cubes of marshmallow made of flavours I didn’t know existed. Have you ever tasted a passion fruit and ginger flavoured marshmallow before? How about a mango and sweet orange one? The flavour that won me over in the end was raspberry and champagne. I did not regret it.
We headed towards a tent inspired by mistletoe before we walked over a luminous bridge. We saw ahead what looked like a chess board (there’s a future idea for the event!) but turned out to be the impressive magic of candles.
I thought that Kew Gardens had already exceeded my expectations more than they ever could. And then we approached the finale…
Was I in Kew Gardens or Disneyland? I couldn’t be sure. All I did know was that I was in awe of what lay ahead of me. The Palm House Pond was bought to life with laser beams, fountains and lights dancing in time to Christmas classics.
I left Kew Garden knowing I had experienced something very special. Something that I hope to return to year after year. If you are in London this Christmas, I can’t imagine anything more festive than Christmas as Kew Gardens.
Wrap up warm, it gets chilly!
We took our time walking round and did so in 2 hours.
I’d advise buying tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. The tickets were £18 online.
How to get there
Kew Gardens underground station is on the District Line. Make sure you get the right train as the District Line breaks off in different directions. From Mile End we needed to get the train towards Richmond.
Once off the tube, follow the exit to the Royal botanical gardens and walk 5 minutes down the road straight opposite and you will arrive at Kew Gardens.