Christmas Lights at Kew Gardens: A Magical Night time Journey

kew gardens Christmas lights


Most of us don’t venture out into the garden at night.  Its too dark, too cold and not much to see.  Taking a tour around a large botanical garden, lit with over 60,000 lights of all colours, shapes and sizes is a completely different experience and well worth the effort to venture out on a winter’s evening.

There’s the opportunity for fresh air and exercise, but most of all it’s your senses that will be astounded and amazed.  The walk around the gardens is visually beautiful and its lovely to see the lights, changing colours and shades in time to the music. The experience ticks all the boxes of why one would want to visit the garden, day or night.

Kew Gardens Christmas lights



Kew Gardens Christmas lights


The Fire Garden (yes it is real fire) depicts the first 5 days of Christmas from the song the 12 days of Christmas.  As you walk by you can hear everyone humming the song trying to work out what the installations are.

Kew Gardens Christmas lights


At every point of the walk you will want to stop, look, listen, absorb and enjoy.  We spent ages in the light tunnel, my 11 year olds favourite installation. Light, sound, movement and psychedelic colour all combine to create a wow experience.

Kew Gardens Christmas lights

Kew Gardens Christmas lights


We visit Kew Gardens regularly so it was interesting to see some favourite venues and trees from a different perspective. The Bee Hive looked stunning. This is a unique structure, inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, it was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium which create a lattice effect and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights that glow and fade as a unique soundtrack hums and buzzes around you.

In the night the Hive looked like a structure from out of space, superb both from outside and when you look up from the inside the centre.  This had to be my favourite sight of the evening.

Kew Gardens Christmas lights


The grand finale of the walk was a light and music show using the lake and the Palm House as a backdrop to their full  effect.

So if you have the opportunity to go to Kew Gardens at night or to any other garden lit up this time of year close to you please do go. Expect it to be busy – it’s not a restful experience. If you. like us know Kew Gardens wel,l but have never visited at night you won’t be disappointed.  If it’s your first visit to Kew then take time to visit again during the day.

It’s a magical outdoor experience for all ages.  In my view the feeling of well being the visit engenders is well worth the quite pricey tickets.

One last recommendation – the marshmallows!

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9 Responses to Christmas Lights at Kew Gardens: A Magical Night time Journey

  1. Coombe Mill December 3, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    What a beautiful experience, I bet exploring Kew Gardens lit up by all these wonderful lights is a totally different experience. It’s fab that you managed to visit and explore the different gardens to view all the installations, I love the ones inspired by the twelve days of Christmas. I can imagine wandering through the light tunnel is spectacular too, I know why you took your time wandering through it.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  2. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One December 4, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    That looks so beautiful, we loved visiting Kew last year, but a little too far for an evening visit sadly. #CountryKids

  3. Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too December 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    Absolutely stunning, I love all the different colours and shapes they have incorporated within the gardens

  4. karen@wouldliketobe December 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    We love Kew gardens but haven’t been at night before. It looks fab though x

  5. Cathy (Mummytravels) December 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    It’s great to read this – we live near Kew and have visited a lot over the years but have never been to one of the illuminated evening events. Perhaps we’ll finally get there this year… #countrykids

  6. Heidi @him_me_three December 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    Looks like a magical night out. I’ve never been to Kew Gardens but I have always wanted to go. I’ll have to time a visit to see the Christmas lights #countrykids

  7. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) December 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow this looks amazing! I love Kew Gardens and we’ve visited when down seeing family in London, shame we aren’t going down for some time as this looks fab! Xx #countrykids

  8. Karen (@karenjwhitlock) December 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    We did something similar to this local to us. Your photos are stunning and this looks like a fab experience.

  9. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops December 8, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Oh wow this looks amazing, i wish we lived closer as I would love to visit. Such gorgeous photos! #CountryKids

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