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Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Enjoy a visit to the seasonal illuminations at Kew Gardens



  • New route for 2019 brings waterfall of lights cascading from towering 18m-high Treetop Walkway in Kew’s arboretum

  • Laser projections to animate the cathedral-like Temperate House boasting 15,000 glimmering panes of glass

  • Other highlights include smoking white haze arches, a choir of holly bushes, and a walkway of glittering pink cherry trees

  • An experience to captivate the senses with showstopping lights, specially curated soundtracks, and the smells of warming Christmas treats


This winter, more twinkling and fantastical than ever before, Christmas at Kew returns, inviting visitors to experience the nighttime beauty of a brand new trail, illuminated by over one million lights. The route will include some incredible showstoppers, such as the recently restored Temperate House – the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world – which will form the canvas for a kaleidoscopic laser show. A must-do event in the London festive calendar, visitors can expect bursts of colour and enchanting optics as they explore Kew Gardens’ iconic landscape after dark. A roster of internationally acclaimed artists is set to adorn this newly plotted trail with a feast of art, light and music at every turn.


Myths and magic…

French creative Studio Pitaya is bringing Bifröst to Christmas at Kew, drawing inspiration from the bridge of light in Norse mythology connecting the realm of the living and the realm of gods. Set at the beginning of the trail, visitors can wander through the 20-metre-long tunnel of light arcades, the hypnotic animations bringing them through to the magical landscape beyond.

Further along the route, visitors can meander through a Fire Garden with enchanted ruby and emerald flames, as pyrotechnic artist Mike Jones brings his spellbinding work to Kew.


A tumbling waterfall and forest of vines…

The centrepiece of this year’s event, Brighton-based ITHACA will bring Waterfalls to Kew’s arboretum. With four spiralling columns of light cascading from the Treetop Walkway in the canopy above, the mesmerising 10 minute display will captivate visitors with dazzling reflections and a ‘Sea of Light’ at their feet.

In another mirroring of nature, Australian studio Mandylights returns to Christmas at Kew with Vines. A 30-metre-long promenade of LED vines that visitors can walk through, touch and interact with, each vine houses up to 8,000 individual colour-changing pixels, making for an otherworldly immersive experience.

Throughout the trail, Kew’s own natural splendours will feature prominently, highlighting the beauty of nature, and the importance of plants in all our lives. Trees along the route will be illuminated from different angles, allowing visitors to admire their striking winter forms. Branches will be wrapped with tiny blossom shaped lights to create a sparkling cherry tree walkway, and the Kew Horticulture team’s pea-light-festooned heritage tree will return in all its luminous glory.


The grand finale…

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


NB:  The Trail is approximately 1 mile in length on pathways.  There are very limited places to sit during the trail.  Light refreshments are available to purchase at Kew Gardens.



Monday 16 December 2019

Pick ups:  Route A & B See Tab for list


Adult    £42.00

Senior  £40.00


Price includes:

  • Entrance to Kew Gardens Illuminations

  • Return Coach Travel





Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Riverside Bus Stop By Snap Fitness/Sainsburys
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Royston Melbourn Rd S ROYSTON Bus Stop opp Green Street near Maple Way
Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
Stansted Mountfit Har S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (BP Petrol Station)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K

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