Did you know that Kew Gardens was home to one of the very first decorated Christmas trees in England? It was Queen Charlotte in the 1790s who dressed branches in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace, and when the tree was lit and all aglitter, the whole court gathered round...
Now in its third year, the new winter trail focuses on the Christmas tree and Kew’s special part in the history of our traditional celebrations. It offers something for everyone at this festive time of year as the one-mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after-dark experience.
Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas hues, and gaze at glowing waterside reflections as clusters of illuminated fountains dance in an explosion of colour, set against the iconic Palm House. Walk through playful ribbons of light, count the Christmas trees festooned with seasonal cheer, and listen to the Choir of the Holly Bushes as they twinkle in time to festive music. Stroll a fairytale avenue of larger-than-life winter flora and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of reflection. Take time with family and friends to ponder the year almost over and look forward to the year to come.
The trial opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm. You can choose from 8 entry times. Visits are timed at 30 minute intervals. It runs til 2nd January so visit now.