Christmas at Kew Gardens

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So it’s six days until Christmas. Less than week. I have no idea how this can even be possible, but it’s happening.

If you want to squeeze in something very festive in the last week of build-up, try Kew Gardens. The Christmas trail is nothing short of lovely. It’s full of pretty light shows, festive music, mulled wine stalls and yummy food. It’s also really good for little kids, with rides, a giant helter skelter and lots of adorable photo opportunities. The gift shop is  packed with nice last minute gift ideas too from body sprays to seriously chic wellies and scarfs.

It’s a mile long walk, so you need to wrap up extra-warm, but it’s worth being outside in the cold for.

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You can hang lanterns on a wishing tree, toast marshmallows, walk through a tunnel of twinkling lights and see snowflakes reflected on all the buildings. Those that like all things mulled this time of year can indulge in sloe mulled gin by Sipsmith. Yep. MULLED GIN.

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The light show across the lake as you enter is beautiful and I can imagine any child being truly enchanted. It’s a lot less fussy, busy and offensively loud than Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. You need tickets, but they can be bought online and printed at home and it really is worth the £15 adult entry price. You will leave feeling fully ready for December 25th.

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