Kew extravaganza ‘bigger and better than ever’

Kew Gardens will be transformed during the festive season with a trail illuminated by one million lights (November 22-January 5).

The attraction’s after-dark landscape will feature newly commissioned artworks, with highlights such as a Cathedral of Light and 300 glowing origami boats on Kew’s lake.

Visitors will also encounter the Field of Light, a laser garden, firework trees, a fire garden and flower sculptures.

The famous tunnel of lights will form the Cathedral of Light, which will be seven metres tall and 100 metres long – the biggest tunnel of lights ever seen at Kew.

The Palm House finale will see the pond and glasshouse lit up with criss-crossing laser beams, jumping jets of light, and kaleidoscopic projections playing across a giant water screen.

Festive extras include Santa and his helpers performing along the trail, and a Victorian carousel and other rides, plus mulled wine, mince pies and seasonal food at Victoria Plaza.

Sandra Botterell, director of marketing and commercial enterprise, said: “Christmas at Kew is now the must-see event in the London festive calendar, and this year’s extravaganza will be bigger and better than ever before.

“It will capture the magic of the last five years, but will also offer a unique experience, with a host of brand new breath-taking installations.

“I personally cannot wait to wander through the Cathedral of Light, or enjoy the 300 glowing origami boats floating on Kew’s beautiful lake.”

Tickets are on sale from June 26.

Photo credits: Jeff Eden © RBG Kew