Th week of Christmas is finally here! Last December I went to Christmas at Kew around the holidays as part of a work outing and it was one my favorite Christmas activities. Thus this year I planned for Mark and I to go one evening but our tickets got cancelled due to London lockdown. I was bummed but understood like many things it was just not going to happen in 2020. However, Saturday evening Mark surprised me with tickets to the outdoor light festival.
It was a bit different this year but still incredible and like the Selfridges Christmas Market a few weeks ago I am treating any sort of holiday activity I get to do this year as a win. As we walked from one light exhibit to the next I tried to take a few photos dodging in and out of the rain. I was able to manage a few photos of my favorite displays including the Starscape tunnel, the illuminated seeds, the rose garden, of course the famous Cathedral of Light at Christmas.
I also opted for a cup of mulled wine at the first food station, Winter Warmers, and by the time we got to the Winter Garden I was hungry. There were a number of street vendors there but my choice was easy – I opted for halloumi fries from Oli Baba’s. Various stops for food and drink which you can find here. Of the dozen different light exhibits my favorite was the one called Starscape, a 120 foot long long illuminated tunnel close to the start of the loop. This trail this year finishes at the Palm House Pond and the finale is similar to last year, a stunning light show set to Christmas songs from famous movies. Take a look:
And if any of this looks familiar you may recall Mark and I went on a date to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew nearly two years ago but but the park in the Spring daylight is an entirely different experience – I would recommend both?
Would you go to Christmas at Kew?
Yes I for sure would want to visit Christmas at Kew. Several of the light formations in your photos I have never seen before.
People are so clever and I really liked the flower field. Bet it looked even more impressive in person and I can’t imagine how long it took to design, create and install all of those installations.
Very impressive indeed.
Planning a trip with my kids right after Christmas.
One of our favorite things to do and I just showed them all of your photos and they are so excited for our visit.
Not sure which installation I like the best but will let you know once I see them in person.
What a beautiful spot and I wish there was an outdoor spot near me to go outside and experience Christmas.
Happy that you got to go.
What a fun way to spend the night and feel very merry during COVID.