An extended Christmas at Kew Gardens

Me enjoying the lights show and trying to sneak a picture in amongst the crowds.

While I normally dislike anything ‘Christmas-y’ post new years eve, this year I made an exception to visit ‘Christmas at Kew Gardens’ in January. I missed out earlier in December due to a work trip to Jersey and after seeing friends photos, I had to go see it for myself.

London has many amazing Christmas markets, beautiful lights displays, iconic shops to explore and it is hard to see them all in one season! Kew Gardens Christmas lights display had been on my list for a few years and I was determined to go this year. January was surprisingly a busy time, however I can only imagine slightly more enjoyable than the December rush.

One of my favourite displays was Temperate House, the recently restored and largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. The lights show on it was spectacular.

The finale was very impressive. Festive projections played across a giant screen of water in the centre of the lake and across the iconic glasshouse itself. I admit, it was a bit chilly with the water spraying in our faces from the breeze, but very enjoyable nonetheless! We could make out images of snowman and Christmas scenes – a very impressive display considering the images were projected on mist. After several minutes of displays, my hot chocolate was long gone and it was time to take cover inside (on the long tube journey back home).

While I have many Christmas favourites, from the Toronto Christmas Distillery Market, to the beautiful lights on London’s Regent and Oxford Streets – Christmas at Kew is a new favourite for me.

It is now the end of January and I am a true believer that it is never too early to start planning for next Christmas (even if it makes me unpopular with my friends!) I would love to know, what is your favourite Christmas outing?

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