What can be more festive than oohing and aahing at twinkly lights and wandering round an enchanted garden (with a clever flask of mulled wine) on a frosty December night? On the recommendation of a couple of Tipsy’s Little Pet’s colleagues – one of whom had provided the handy hint of the pre-prepared mulled wine (you can also buy mulled wine and other snackerles there)- we headed off to Kew, and as soon as you head out of the station and follow the excited groups of family and friends down residential streets decorated like a Victorian Christmas card towards to entrance, you already feel festive Booking is definitely essential, and the timed tickets make sure that the right number of visitors wander about without giving the site a feeling of being overwhelmed. We’d asked to pick up tickets at the box office, and miraculously, that queue at Kew was non-existent, so we were whisked straight in.
The trail winds its way around the gardens – the pathway wasn’t at all mushy when we went and was well-lit – and provides a feast of visual delights and music. There are so many highlights, but special mention must be made of the singing trees, the twelve days of Christmas, light tunnel, a field of waving, led-changing flowers, the Hive and the mistletoe grove to mention but a few.
The the real stars of the evening, though, have to be the gorgeous trees, lit to show them off in a whole new dimension – ever fascinating, and ever beautiful. Terminating at a spectacular light and music show at the Palm House, it’s easy to see why Christmas at Kew is fast becoming an event on the festive Christmas calendar.
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