After years and years of trying, this October, I had finally snapped up tickets to one of the most sought after events in London, Christmas At Kew Gardens. And this weekend, was that fateful weekend where I finally got to go.
Whether you’re earnestly looking forward to your Christmas at Kew Gardens, or you’ve unfortunately missed out on tickets, read on to experience Christmas At Kew Gardens from the comfort of your home.
For the golden question, is Christmas at Kew Gardens worth it? The short and simple answer is HELL YES! I already can’t wait to go back next year, and it has only been a few days since my last visit. Don’t just take my word for it, see what everyone else is saying.
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Where is Christmas At Kew Gardens?
Royal Botanic Gardens
How To Get To Christmas At Kew: Find out here
Tickets For Christmas At Kew Gardens London
Now for the most important part, it is crucial to get your tickets as early as possible, as these babies get snapped up so quickly. I have consistently missed out on these tickets for years, so be sure to check as early as September/October.
Purchase your Christmas At Kew Gardens Tickets Here
For families of 4, it may be cheaper to purchase the family option ticket rather than purchasing individual ones. So be sure to check which ticket option works best for you.
TIP: Set an annual reminder on your phone to check for tickets before the Christmas season if you need to.
What To Expect
Before visiting Christmas At Kew Gardens I had no idea what to expect. As my Christmas in London usually consists of Winter Wonderland and the Christmas Lights in central London. However, I was pleased to find it was a heart-warming mixture of both.
The magic of Christmas At Kew Gardens is the absolutely stunning light installations dotted around for 2 hours leisurely stroll around the grounds. Those that know me, know that I’m a huge lover of light. After all, my Name is Noor, which literally means light in Arabic. So when I saw this, my heart instantly lit up with joy.
Not to mention that there were plenty of Alpine Christmas huts dotted around Kew Gardens selling lots of festive food and treats. And the best part, the prices are very reasonable. In a year like 2020, this is something that I definitely missed about my annual visits to Christmas Markets and Winter Wonderland. But I was glad to have the festive foodie Christmas experience for a night.
For my Muslim visitors, although there wasn’t any Halal meat on offer this year, the event was still very Muslim friendly. You will have lots of warm drinks, including a warm and toasty non-alcoholic apple drink and plenty of vegetarian food options to choose from.
What To Bring With You?
Unless you have specific dietary requirements, bring yourself and nothing more. As mentioned above there’s lots of food and drinks dotted around the Christmas at Kew Gardens ground to keep you warm and full along your walks. So there is no need to weigh yourself down with extra baggage.
The website does state that some areas are dark, and you may wish to bring a torch. Personally, I found the grounds very well lit. I didn’t even for a second think ‘oh this is dark’, and I’m very claustrophobic and absolutely hate the darkness.
In terms of clothing, ensure that you have a comfy pair of shoes and a warm enough coat to keep you snugly throughout your visit.
The Christmas At Kew Gardens Light Trail
With Christmas being cancelled here in London at the point of writing, you can now virtually experience Christmas At Kew Gardens below. Don’t forget to share the experience with your friends and family by sharing this post.
Please Note: The trail was far too enticing that I lost track of the official names for each light installation. So please find my own interpretation below.
1st Stop – Hanging Bauble Lanterns
As you enter, you are greeted by a string of hanging bauble styled lanterns over head.
2nd Stop – Neon Rainbow Tree
Can you feel the energy of the Earth spiralling up, or is that just me?
3rd Stop – A Christmas Party At Kew Gardens
Roll up ladies and gentlemen, here is the main event. If you could see just one thing, make it this. This phenomenal installation is the summary of Christmas at Kew, and without a doubt, it will get you into the festive Christmas spirit.
4th Stop – Starry Nights
For the first Arch of the night, Kew Gardens will take you under a blanket of stars, that comes in all shades of awesomeness. Look at all of that twinkle, whoever said that London doesn’t have stars?
5th Stop – Floating Dandelions
Hanging high and mighty above our heads was these floating dandelions. Doesn’t it take you back to your childhood, where you would blow on a dandelion and imagine the ligules flying as high and wide as these?
6th Stop – Cherry Blossoms Mon Cheri
If your imagination wasn’t already floating away, well it’s now time to be transported to Japan for a spot of Cherry Blossoms viewing at Christmas, in the middle of winter.
This reminds me very much of my walk around the Osaka castle grounds during the Cherry Blossoms season in the spring of 2019. I can still remember how the petals would rain down on me every time there was a gentle gust of wind. Well done Kew!
7th Stop – Santa Baby
It looks like the North Pole gave Santa a night off from Christmas planning, as he was able to stop by for a quick ho ho ho.
8th Stop – Immersive Waterfall
Unfortunately, this is one of those where you just had to be there to fully experience it. But you can get a sense of the magnitude of the light installations in the video above.
This light installation actually made me very emotional as I felt I was actually immersed in a waterfall. Something that I have wanted to experience for a long time, and now I have no idea when it will really happen.
9th Stop – A Fiery Garden
There was something about this part of the light trail that was so captivating. The crackling of the fire mixed with the warmth and soothing music being played in the back made this light display really enticing. In fact, I spent so much time in here, that I ended up losing the entire crowd of visitors that was around me.
10th Stop – The Insta Shot
This is the Instagram famous shot that everyone comes to #christmasatkew for. It’s an arch filled with fairy lights that I have to admit, it does feel rather magical walking under.
11th Stop – A Bed of Roses
It wouldn’t be Kew Gardens if there wasn’t a flower feature. After all, their natural rose garden is a family favourite of mine. Mummy Explorer spent quite a bit of time smelling the roses over here last summer, and I remember there being plenty of others doing the same. So I’m really not surprised that they had an entire light installation dedicated to the roses.
12th Stop – The Grand Finale, From London With Love
In what has been an unconventional year, Christmas At Kew Gardens came to an end with a spectacular light and water show. It featured precious moments from our everyday lives and topped it off with local London Landmarks beautifully projected onto the water.
The Veiled Explorer Takeaway
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas At Kew Gardens trail with me, if you are lucky enough to have snapped up a couple of tickets, I wish you the best of joy for the night.
If for whatever reason you were unable to get tickets, be sure to get in there early next year, so you don’t miss out. Until then, bookmark, pin and share this experience with your friends and loved ones, so that they can relive the experience at any time.
Which installation was your favourite? Leave a comment down below!