This Christmas, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after dark explosion of festive colour, as visitors embark on an illuminated trail inspired by the Gardens themselves, for the much-anticipated Christmas at Kew 2018.
The festive voyage will begin, as is tradition, with an incredible archway - a gateway into another world of glistening lights, fire and colour. Visitors will first encounter the Field of Light, created by Brighton-based artists Ithaca.
An awe-inspiring expanse of dancing lights spreading towards Kew’s towering Great Pagoda, which has just been painstakingly restored to its former glory, adorned with 80 golden dragons.
Next up, visitors will enter the mesmerising laser garden, by Australia-based creative studio Mandylights. They’ll find a revelry of forever dancing beams of light, highlighting for just moments at a time, the natural beauty of the woodland trees.
As they cross Kew’s glistening lake, visitors will be greeted by the captivating sight of 300 illuminated origami boats floating on the water, an installation by Italian artists Asther & Hemera.
As the trail continues many more treasures await, including Firework Trees lit up by explosions of coloured light and a walkway of suspended illuminated ribbons that visitors can wonder through and stop for a selfie.
A firm favourite each year, the famous tunnel of lights will be taken to a whole new level, forming a veritable Cathedral of Light, reaching 7 m tall and 100m in length - the biggest tunnel of lights ever seen at Kew.
The ethereal atmosphere will continue with a warm flickering fire garden leading to a huge dome of tubular lights inside which visitors can enjoy a festive drink.