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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew, Richmond
+44 (0)20 8332 5655
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Public transport:
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Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The popular after-dark Christmas event hosts a trail through the famous botanic gardens, lit up with lights and spectacular projections.

Get together with family or friends to follow the illuminated path around the gardens and be treated to immersive installations and spectacular displays.

Highlights of Christmas at Kew 2023

Children run through the cathedral of light tunnel at christmas at kew gardens in london.

Christmas at Kew is an unmissable activity this festive season. It's the perfect time to see seasonal favourites alongside many new mesmerising light installations, including 3m high illuminated flowers and cascading lights suspended from the tree canopy.

Installations for 2024 are yet to be revealed, here's what visitors got up to in 2023: 

  • Marvelled at the spectacular light, music and water display in front of the iconic Palm House.
  • Snapped a selfie under the Christmas Cathedral with its thousands of sparkling fairy lights.
  • Took in the fragrant scents of the Fire Garden full of mesmerising flames that dance in the wind.
  • Watched as streams of light flow through water and into the abyss at the geometric installation on the lake, Illusion Hole by UxU Studio.
  • Experienced a sense of tranquillity as they wandered past Feathers by Pyrite Creative, a display of 16 UV feathers that floated in the breeze as if appearing from nowhere.
  • Were transported to a futuristic field of luminous poppies at the ethereal ‘Floraison’ installation, where intricate flowers clung to the towering branches from above.
  • Spotted the whimsical Willow Hives that elegantly illuminate the surrounding canopy.
  • Indulged with delicious Christmas treats and winter warmers of hot chocolate or mulled wine during the trail, or enjoy a Christmas dinner at The Botanical restaurant.

Oh, and not forgetting a chance to say hello to Father Christmas along the way!

How long does it take to walk around Christmas at Kew?

Two children stand beneath tall trees, which are illuminated with stings of colourful fairy lights, in Kew Gardens at night.

You should allow approximately 75 minutes to walk the trail, in 2022 it was 2.6km (1.6m) long.

How to get Christmas at Kew tickets

Tickets for Christmas at Kew 2024 are now available! Book your tickets here.

Christmas at Kew is very popular and usually sells out quickly, so make sure you book in advance.

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Prices and opening times

Child Ticket (4-15 years of age) £15.00 to £19.00 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £69.00 to £86.00 per ticket
Adult Ticket £22.50 to £29.00 per ticket

Children under four years of age enter for free.

Opening Times

4.20pm to 10pm.

Entry is timed at 20-minute intervals from 4.20pm. Last entry 8pm (7pm on 24 December).

Entrance to Christmas at Kew is via Victoria Gate or Brentford Gate, depending on your ticket.