Illuminating Kew After Dark

Christmas at Kew Pink Glasshouse

It’s that time of year again, to witness Kew Botanical Gardens transform into an illuminated wonderland.Entrance to Christmas at Kew

Like little kids at Christmas mum and I almost skipped through the entrance, cameras poised ready to snap.

Blogger at Christmas at KewIlluminated Tree at Kew GardensChristmas Light Installation

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll know that Christmas at Kew is a tradition for my mum and I. Check out last years here.

5 Gold Rings Kew Illuminations4 French Hens Kew Illuminations Partridge in a Pear Tree

I love seeing what they come up with each year and this my favourite was this Day’s of Christmas inspired installation.

Archway at Kew IlluminationsBlogger at Kew Illuminations

We picked up some mulled cider from one of the stands and were tempted by some of the tasty treats but I was holding out for something else.

Rainbow Tree at Kew

Earlier in the year mum and I went to see the Hive at Kew and I was interested to see if they would incorporate the huge steel structure into the illuminations; they did not disappoint.

The Hive at Christmas at KewThe Hive at night at Kew

Glowing like a ball of fire slightly hidden by trees transformed into an orange orb stood The Hive, it’s low hum drawing you in.

The Hive at nightChristmas at Kew the HivePeople at the Hive at Kew

We rounded the corner and were greeted with a welcome sight. Marshmallows ready for toasting on opening fires, perfect just as the cold is seeping into your fingertips.

MarshmallowsMarshmallow toasting at Christmas at Kew

After warming our hands and wiping the sticky remains from our mouths we continued on our way for the grand finale.

Christmas at Kew Glass House Illuminated TreeChristmas at Kew

Like last year the trail ended at the Glass House with a gorgeous light show mirrored in the lake.

Kew Illuminations

There’s not long left to get tickets so make sure you book as soon as possible to enjoy the magic.

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