The Handbook
The Handbook

Humbugs, stop reading now. If there’s one Christmas event that leaves you feeling more festive than Buddy the Elf after a bucket of candy canes, it’s Christmas at Kew. The enchanting spectacle of light takes place every year and tickets always sell out. In fact, if you want to book your slot you’d better be quick.

Taking place throughout the festive season from Wednesday 20th November – Sunday 5th January, between 5pm – 10pm, the after dark trail gives visitors a unique opportunity to see the famous gardens lit up in fairy tale style.

Highlights include glittering spiral trees, incredible laser projections that light up the famous Temperate House set to enchanting music (well, if you call Let It Go kind of enchanting) and a dazzling archway leading to a cascade of glowing silvery shards on the Treetop Walkway. Last year one of the most popular installations was the Tunnel of Light – thousands of pea-lights on shimmering ribbons that visitors could walk through. It’s not only a feast for the eyes (and your Instagram feeds) but something that will delight old, young and even the biggest Scrooges out there.

Visitors can warm up with a selection of festive foods, from boozy hot chocolates to moreish churros, slow roast baps to toasted chestnuts – and of course, plenty of mulled wine. They can also gather around the huge open firepits to toast marshmallows – I mean, does London get any more wholesome than this?

To top it off, there’s a picturesque Victorian carousel, helter skelter and other family-friendly rides to enjoy, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot Father Christmas and his elves.

Still not feeling Christmassy? You’ve got no hope.

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For more Christmas events you need to book now before they sell out, read our guide here.