Kew's annual seasonal makeover is returning. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. We're imagining something like a neon version of Dale Chihuly's spectacular 'Gardens of Glass' installation at Kew back in 2005. The emphasis really is on sparkle this year, with illuminated fountains, reflective glasshouses and glittering trees. A shimmering tunnel of lights will guide visitors to twinkling holly bushes and Christmas trees. In front of the Palm House flumes of fire will dance to music inspired by 'The Nutcracker' and visitors can steal a Christmas kiss beneath the fairy lights and mistletoe. The evening openings will also offer plenty of family-friendly attractions including a Victorian carousel and vintage rides, the snowflake grotto and live festive music. A reduced entry price for an adult day visit to Kew Gardens (under-17’s go free during the day) is available to those booking trail tickets.
Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London