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Kew Illuminated Trail & Kingston Christmas Market

Kew Illuminated Trail & Kingston Christmas Market

Join us for the popular Christmas event at Kew Gardens.

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Enjoy a combined visit to Kingston Christmas Market followed by an evening visit to the Kew Gardens for their Illuminated Trail.


Kingston Christmas Market

We start our day with a visit to Kingston Christmas Market, aiming to arrive at approx 13.30. Each year, the whole town centre of Kingston upon Thames transforms into the magical Kingston Christmas market spreading throughout the Ancient Market Place and surrounding pedestrianised streets. Featuring over 100 stalls in beautiful wooden chalets and a heated marquee selling festive goodies, arts, crafts and decorations, you’ll be sure to pick up some fabulous gifts for all the family at Kingston Christmas Market.

The market will feature two large outdoor bar areas serving up steaming mugs of mulled wine along with classic German-style street food and street entertainment allowing you to really soak up the festive atmosphere.

We depart Kingston in good time to arrive at Kew Gardens for 17.20 entrance to the Illuminated Trail.


Christmas at Kew

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. Now a firm favourite in the London festive calendar, this year’s trail will offer an utterly new experience of art, light and sound from a roster of incredible international artists. 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. You'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.


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 7m 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. They will then enter an enchanted walkway of giant glowing peonies and papyrus. Kew’s Great Broad Walk Borders, the world’s longest double herbaceous border, will be flanked by towering 11m high flower sculptures, and by illuminated benches, where visitors can relax and admire the view along the promenade. Visitors will marvel at the outstanding natural beauty of the Gardens themselves, particularly Kew’s incredible heritage trees.Seen from a totally different perspective, festooned with lights, their majestic forms are a reminder of the importance of trees to all our lives.


Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas at Kew without the show-stopping Palm House finale. The pond and magnificent glasshouse will spring to life with an explosion of colourful criss-crossing laser beams, jumping jets of light, and kaleidoscopic projections playing across a giant water screen.


As the winter trail comes to an end, visitors will be greeted by the scent of mulled wine, mince pies and other festive foods from a variety of enticing stalls at Victoria Plaza.

We will depart for home approx 19.00


What's Included:


  • Return coach travel

  • Free time at Kingston Christmas Market

  • Entrance to Kew Illuminated Trail



Please Note:

This itinerary has been produced well ahead of the 2018 holiday season. All content was correct at that time but could have been subject to change in the meantime. We reserve the right to make any changes necessary without prior notification.


Access to the Illuminated Trail

The trail is just over one mile in length. Whilst the route is designed so that it can be solely viewed from tarmac flat paths, some interactive elements may invite the audience onto grass where additional pedestrian matting will be provided.


Important Event Information

Please be aware that this event is held outdoors and there are no covered areas during the trail, so do ensure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing. In some areas the lighting will be low level as this is part of the experience.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashford Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford
Ashford International Htl Ashford International Hotel
Canterbury St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks
Dover Market Square, Dover
Folkestone Bus Station Bay E, Folkestone
Hawkinge Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge
Herne Bay Old bus garage, High Street, Herne Bay
Hythe North Bound Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe
M2 Medway North Bound M2 Medway Services, North Bound
Maidstone Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park,
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
Whitstable Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable

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