Plan your visit
Glow 2018 opening hours
1 December 2018 to 2 January 2019
The Glow event is open daily from 4pm–8pm, last entry to the garden 7pm.
*There is no Glow event on 24 and 25 December.
The Glasshouse closes at 8pm, last entry at 7:45pm.
Please note: during Glow 2018 the garden will close at 3.30pm and reopen at 4pm–8pm just for Glow.
It is essential that you book a timeslot for your visit to avoid disappointment.
Come on a magical adventure here at Wisley during Glow 2018, with fantastical flowers to light your way. Wander the enchanting trail to see spectacular light installations, a selection of Wisley’s iconic trees illuminated and floating lights creating rippling reflections.
Along the way, venture into the Woodland Realm inside The Glasshouse and don’t miss the spectacular view of the Laboratory and Jellicoe Canal as you near the end of the illuminated trail.
Christmas display in The Glasshouse
Step into the Woodland Realm that has transformed The Glasshouse. This is where the Wood Elves live who care for all creatures of the forest and also Santa’s reindeer when they aren’t flying through the skies on Christmas Eve. Spot the elves in their green and brown garb watching over the reindeer and see their homes high in the trees, hung with plants growing in glass balls and sparkling with crystals like raindrops. Look out for other woodland creatures and toadstools along the stream where some reindeers are drinking. Marvel at the tall tree built from poinsettias.
Booking Glow 2018
Due to popular demand it is essential that all visitors, including members, book a time slot for the event. Please note a £1 fee is applied to all tickets to guarantee your time slot.
Booking FAQs (143kB pdf)
*Please note, there is no Glow event on 24 & 25 December 2018.
Members please note: All visitors should have a time slot. Those that are included in your normal garden entry allocation should have a ‘members and guest’ timeslot bought for them. Extra guests in your party that are not included in the normal garden entry allocation should have the relevant ‘non-member’ ticket bought for them. Please ensure that you bring your membership card with you on the day.
Christmas shopping at Wisley
Don’t forget to visit the Plant Centre and Gift Shop over the coming months – open until 8pm* during Glow 2018 here at Wisley.
Our Plant Centre will be showcasing the best of seasonal colour. From berried plants for the garden to attract wildlife, beautiful red Poinsettias for the home, through to glorious British-grown Christmas wreaths and trees, we’ll have everything you need for a traditional, glorious and colourful season.
Discover a world of festive inspiration in our Gift and Book Shop. We have a wonderful range of unique, botanically-inspired tree decorations, exclusive Christmas cards, delicious food and drink, and everything else you could wish for over the Christmas period.
More about shopping at Wisley
Monday to Saturday: 9am–5pm (open until 8pm* during the Glow event)
Sunday: 11am – 5pm* (Plant Centre browsing from 10.30am)
Closed Christmas Day
Plant Centre open Boxing Day
*Please note: our Plant Centre and Gift Shop will not be open late on Sundays or Christmas Eve.
While at Glow 2018, why not warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine and try a tasty mince pie, cranberry & gin brownie or slice of Christmas cake for a taste of the season?
Fancy a pork & cranberry sausage roll or a sage & homity one, then do stop at the Weatherhill Van en route to the Glasshouse. Still feeling peckish or looking for something a bit more substantial? Then come and see us at the where you can get a main and dessert for just £12 (£7 for kids).
Or come along earlier in the day on selected dates and enjoy a Festive Lunch in our restaurant before Glow begins.
Exhibitors at Glow
Tradestands open Friday 7 December – Sunday 23 December
2pm – 8pm
Anila's Authentic Sauces LTD
Curry sauces, chutneys, pickles and accompaniments.
Casa de l'oli
Extra virgin olive oils, fresh ingredient oils, aged balsamic, olive mayonnaise, and olive paste.
Fine Food Land
Mediterranean Food including olives, nuts, Turkish delight, and baklava.
The Truckle Cheese Co
Cheese truckles, chutneys for cheese, biscuits, cheese-making kits and cheese accessories.
Yum Yum Tree Fudge
Luxury packed fudge.