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CHRIST­MAS AT KEW, LON­DON

The Royal Botanic Gar­dens (above) put on some of the coun­try’s best Christ­mas light dis­plays, with a new laser gar­den that sees daz­zling beams bounce off tree branches. Hun­dreds of origami boats bob about on the lake, a mag­nif­i­cent beech wears a cloak of bulbs and, at the Palm House, jets of wa­ter dance to fes­tive songs. En­try from £16.50 (four to 16-year-olds £10); un­til Jan 5; kew.org

THE UK’S TALLEST CHRIST­MAS TREE, WEST SUS­SEX

Peer 118ft up into the boughs of the UK’S tallest liv­ing Christ­mas tree at Wakehurst, an Eliz­a­bethan man­sion that is home to Kew’s botanic gar­den in Sus­sex. The trail for the Glow Wild fes­ti­val in­cludes sound­scapes, lanterns in the trees and wil­low fig­ures emerg­ing from the ponds. Chil­dren can make lanterns in­doors (£4). En­try £14 (four to 16-year-olds £8); Thurs-sun un­til Dec 16; kew.org/wakehurst

CHRIST­MAS AT THE NA­TIONAL AR­BORE­TUM, GLOUCS

We­ston­birt Ar­bore­tum is home to 15,000 trees and an il­lu­mi­nated trail. Dis­plays in­clude a copse where trees re­act and change colour de­pend­ing on how loudly you sing at them. Ex­pect fairground rides and choirs in a new Christ­mas vil­lage. En­try £14 (five to 18-year-olds

GAR­DENS AT DUN­HAM MASSEY, CHESHIRE

Colour­ful creations, such as snowflakes, rein­deer, baubles and a tun­nel of bub­bles glow­ing in UV light, hang in the trees and are hid­den around the grounds of this Ge­or­gian house. Visi­tors can in­ter­act with rib­bons of colour on the bridge and smell the scented fire gar­den. A vin­tage-style fairground com­pletes the pic­ture. En­try £16.50 (five to 16-yearolds £10); un­til Dec 30; na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

EDEN PROJECT AF­TER DARK, CORN­WALL

A new af­ter-dark ex­pe­ri­ence (left) fea­tures strik­ing pro­jec­tions, in­ter­ac­tive sculp­tures and weather-spe­cific light in­stal­la­tions dur­ing which the biomes will re­sem­ble some kind of rain­for­est disco. Father Christ­mas has a camp here, but there is ev­ery chance he will be up­staged by a huge ce­ramic sculp­ture de­signed to rep­re­sent cyanobac­te­ria. Fam­ily en­try £64; 5pm-8pm se­lected dates un­til Dec 30; eden­pro­ject.com

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