It's the most wonderful time of the year when the sparkling after dark trail returns to light up the world-famous Kew Gardens
Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations too. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Elsewhere, walk amongst immersive Vines as they surprise with colour changing ribbons of light, while beneath the branches of a sprawling tree the mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o'the Wisp softly glows.
Familiar favourites will also return: the Holly Bushes will sing; the Tunnel of Light will twinkle with thousands of pea-lights and the flickering Fire Garden takes its place amidst the festive experience. Walk under larger-than-life arches of light into a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.
Christmas at Kew wouldn't be complete without the Palm House Pond finale as jumping jets of light dance across the water to much-loved Christmas classics.
Have a holly, jolly Christmas and complete a walk under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Gather around the fire-pit with family and friends to toast marshmallows and end the evening browsing Kew's gift shops. Why not pick up some treats for the journey home?
For the young and young at heart there's a Victorian carousel*, helter skelter* and other family rides*.
• Wednesday 20 November - Sunday 24 November
• Wednesday 27 November - Sunday 1 December
• Wednesday 4 December - Sunday 8 December
• Wednesday 11 December - Tuesday 24 December
• Thursday 26 December - Saturday 5 January
Christmas at Kew opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm.
Main Entrance - Victoria Gate: Choose from nine entry times every 20 minutes between 5pm and 7.40pm.
Last entry at the main entrance, Victoria Gate is at 8.00pm.
Tickets with pre-paid parking at Brentford Gate - choose from seven timed entry slots, at 20-minute intervals, between 5pm and 7.20pm. Last entry at 7.40pm.
Advance tickets from £16.50 (£11 for children). Kew Members receive further discounts. Booking fees apply.
*separate charges apply for the vintage rides.