What to expect at Christmas at Kew this year

Christmas at Kew Gardens Montezuma's chocolate
Tim Firmager
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Despite the lockdown restrictions, the magic of Christmas at Kew 2020 is going ahead, and this year with a new partnership with chocolate company, Montezuma’s.

What is Christmas at Kew?

For those unfamiliar with Christmas at Kew, the 132-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (i.e. “Kew Gardens”) host a Christmas trail each year from November – January, where visitors follow a path after dark, experiencing bursts of colour and enchanting optics, with options of incorporating a dinner service either before or after walking the trail. Internationally acclaimed artists create these decorations and adorn the gardens for Christmas at Kew with a feast of art, light and music at every turn.

What’s new this year?

This year sees a partnership between Kew Gardens and Montezuma’s, the chocolate company. Montezuma will be bringing a stunning light installation to the trail, bringing a touch of chocolate magic to London’s favourite festive event. And for Instagrammers, this will create the perfect backdrop for a selfie.

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The partnership with Montezuma’s also means that visitors will be able to purchase and enjoy chocolate treats (from delicious bars and buttons to mouth-watering truffles) as they explore the trail.

Why a partnership with Montezuma’s? Both English brands share a passion for sustainability, have environmentally minded business practices and work to deliver exceptional experiences (through either rich chocolate, or educational botanic gardens). Montezuma’s has also recently moved 100% of their range to recyclable, biodegradable or compostable packaging. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is not only the globally renowned botanic garden and UNESCO world heritage site but uses income from the gardens to fund their world-leading research centre in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Key (“Kew Gardens”) are located in Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE.

For more information and to book tickets for Christmas at Kew, visit kew.org.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.