Christmas at Kew

4:20pm – 10:00pm
£22.50 – £29.00

Spend an evening in London’s famous Kew Gardens as you’ve never seen them before. Filled with festive illuminations and interactive displays, you’ll soon be singing carols and searching the sky for Father Christmas. Follow trails of over a million flickering lights, illuminated trees and gardens throughout the park on a specially chosen trail.

What to see and do

Christmas at Kew
Photo by RBG Kew

There’ll be larger-than-life illuminations, light tunnels and kaleidoscopic projections lighting up the palm house as well as a fire garden. Children can visit North Pole Village to see Santa and his elves, toast marshmallows around the fire with a warming cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the Victorian fairground.

How long does it take

The trail is approximately 3 km long and can take over 2 hours to complete, so best to plan stops accordingly. You may wish to bring a torch for parts of the trail with more subdued lighting.

Eating and drinking

Independent street food vendors from Kerb including Mother Flipper, Kolkati and Only Jerkin provide hot food along the route, so along with the usual mulled wine you can look forward to delicious foods of all kinds from around the world. There’s also the marshmallow-toasting station and various stops where you can get hog roast baguettes, deluxe hot dogs and waffles, along with several bars.

Tickets and prices for Christmas at Kew

Tickets fall into two categories: off peak and peak. These cost £22.50 and £29.00 respectively and will sell out quickly. Availability varies depending on whether you want to use Lion Gate, Victoria Gate or Brentford Gate. Lion Gate seems to have the most availability, while Brentford Gate has the least.

Family tickets are available and there are also discounts for Friends of Kew.

Opening hours

Christmas at Kew is open on the following dates:

Wednesday 15th November – Sunday 19th November
Wednesday 22nd November – Sunday 26th November
Tuesday 28th November – Sunday 3rd December
Tuesday 5th December – Sunday 24th December
Tuesday 26th December 2023 – Sunday 7th January 2024

Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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