Christmas Glow returns to Wisley this winter. It offers the chance to explore RHS Garden Wisley after dark and see its most iconic features in a new light. Following a twinkling trail around the garden, visitors will discover larger-than-life botanical illuminations. For the first time, visitors will enjoy atmospheric music to accompany their walk at certain points.
Now in its fourth year, the popular event guides visitors around a new route for 2018. It allows people to take in locations including the Rock Garden, the Seven Acres lake and the Jellicoe Canal. Jigantics, designers of cultivated illumination, will this year bring a number of brand new blooms to Wisley. These include arches of gladioli over the new Wisteria Walk and a bouquet of alliums on Seven Acres. Favourite installations such as the waterlilies on the Jellicoe Canal and interactive colour-changing flowers will return. This will complete the floral immersive experience.
The paved route will take in the floral lights, and also many of Wisley’s famous trees, in bright colours to showcase them. The magnificent Glasshouse will also be illuminated. A magical Woodland Realm awaits discovery, with elves, treehouses and Santa’s reindeer all in a beautiful festive display. Look out for sparkling plant-filled baubles hanging from the trees. There will also be the towering ‘Christmas tree’ of vibrant poinsettia.
Due to popular demand a priority booking system began for 2018. All visitors must book a time slot in advance of their visit. Christmas Glow will be open from 4–8pm every day between 1 December and 2 January except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Wisley Plant Centre and Gift Shop will be open throughout. It features a range of decorations and gift ideas for all the family. Hot chocolate, mince pies, cranberry and gin brownies and Christmas cake are several of the warming food and drink on offer.