The immensely popular Christmas at Kew trail is back for 2015 and this year sees some impressive new additions. Returning for its third year, the winter light experience focuses on the Christmas tree and Kew’s special part in its history. It was Queen Charlotte, the founder of Kew Gardens, who first dressed branches of a Christmas tree in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace for all to enjoy in the 1790s, kick-starting the ultimate festive tradition.
Adam Farrar, Kew’s Head of Venue Hire and Events says: ‘After the success of previous years, we have produced an after dark sensation that is even more beautiful, designed to really get you in the Christmas spirit. If you have missed out on this this much heralded night-time experience or if you loved what you saw and are curious about the new trail and want to wonder more into the story of the Christmas tree wrap up warm, and head down to Kew Gardens, where you will see the landscape as never before.’
Combining Kew’s breathtaking landscape with the new and improved mile long trail, this event is a magical after dark experience, perfect for getting all the family in the festive spirit. Visitors this year can wander beneath the tree canopies drenched in Christmas hues and watch the glowing waterside reflections as clusters of illuminated fountains dance in an explosion of color, set against the iconic Palm House. There will also be the Choir of the Holly Bushes, which will twinkle in time to snowdrops and Christmas roses, along with countless Christmas trees festooned with seasonal cheer, and the scented fire garden.
Santa and his elves will be putting the finishing touches to their Christmas preparations on stage behind the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the perfect spectacle for younger members of the family. Over at the White Peaks Café there is also a Victorian Carousel ideal for young ones and for family rides.
Along with the spectacular sites and beautiful setting there is also an array of sumptuous traditional Christmas Fare to indulge in. Keep warm with a mulled wine, spiced cider, or hot chocolate, as well as roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows and much more. There will also be the chance to pick up unique gifts for all the family in Kew’s tastefully curated shops at Victoria Plaza and White Peaks.
During the day, there will also be the opportunity to take park in several arts & crafts workshops that will take place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Create your own Christmas tree decorations for the festive season, or create that special Christmas or Thank-you card in the Orangery. These workshops are included in the entrance price but are offered on a first come first serve basis. (Workshops run from 11.30am-3.30pm; Saturday 12th December 2015- 03 January 2016).
Kew Gardens has once again teamed up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd, in collaboration with design team Culture Creative, to create this wonderfully festive event. The perfect way to start to start the festive season, Christmas at Kew runs from Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Saturday 02 January 2016, with entry times at 5pm – 10pm (timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm). Adult tickets in advance are £16 and family tickets arte £48, for more information and to book tickets head to the Kew Gardens website.