Christmas

English Heritage: Kenwood House

From to (Exact dates to be confirmed)

Overview

Times

1 Dec-1 Jan. 4:30 pm-8pm. Closed 4-5 Dec and 25 Dec

Duration

1 hour

Age

All

Accessibility

Please contact venue

Location

English Heritage: Kenwood House

Address
Hampstead Lane
London
NW3 7JR
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 8348 1286
Email
[email protected]
Public transport:
Train: Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath Station (Overground), followed by a 27 minutes walk through Hampstead Heath Park to reach Kenwood House. Alternatively the bus route ( line 268 and change for line 210) will take about the same time. Tube: Golders Green or Archway (Northern Line) , then bus line 210 (about 19 minutes journey from the station). Alternatively, the walk from the tube station is about 32 minutes to Kenwood House. Bus: lines 210, 603 and H3.

About

As the night falls on the magnificent Kenwood House, see it transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland.

During winter, visitors can enjoy a spectacular festive light trail through gardens of the historic 17th century house.

Snap selfies as you admire the glittering gardens and impressive light displays, before stopping to warm up with mulled wine and minced pies.

What to expect at Christmas at Kenwood 2024?

Kenwood House, a historic mansion located within Hampstead Heath, is lit up with Christmas lights.

The 2024 program for Christmas at Kenwood is not yet confirmed, but here is what visitors got up to in Hampstead Heath during the festive season.

Expect to see the traditional mansion under a this festive spell this season with a blend of colour and sparkle fit for a perfect picture moment. There is never a dull moment at Kenwood House as surprises find you at every corner with a selection of festive food and warm drinks keeping you toasty.

A woman and a young boy are smiling grilling marshmallows around a firepit at Kenwood House.

Expect a feast for the senses as you walk the trail, a December classic in Hampstead Heath. In 2023, the light trail was remodelled with a contemporary twist. Multi-award creative director Katherine Jewkes collaborated with light art pioneers Luminism to create  an immersive and interactive experience adding a whole new look with 13 brand new installations. Specially designed for the occasion and spread across the original Christmas trail, the installations brought the historic building of Kenwood House to light.

A young girl is looking at Christmas lights surroubding her at Christmas at Kenwood, an illuminated trail in London.

Some of Christmas at Kenwood 2023 highlights included:

  • Magical snowflake projections on the magnificent English Heritage mansion. 
  • An array of festive food with warming cocktails and charming stalls serving mulled wine and bratwurst in the courtyard. 
  • Enchanting soundscapes that bring to life the rainbow woodland where you can spot glowing woodland animals.
  • An immersive tunnel of light perfect for taking the ultimate festive selfie. 
  • Kenwood House is the perfect viewpoint to see London at night as the mansion is located at the top of Hampstead Heath.

How long does it take to walk the trail?

Adventure on the illuminated trail at Christmas at Kenwood and discover trees lit up in blue and purple with silver stars suspended above your head.

You should allow approximately one hour to walk the trail, which is 2km (1m) long.

Where is Kenwood House?

Kenwood is located in North London in Hampstead Heath.

How to get there: 

  • Underground- The closest tube stations are Golders Green and Archway. You could enjoy a 30-minute walk across Hampstead Heath, within which Kenwood House is located. Alternatively, hop on a bus.
  • Bus- You can catch the 210 bus which stops nearby at Compton Avenue Kenwood House (Stop Q), just a three-minute walk away from Kenwood House.

Is there any other illuminated trails I can visit in London?

It wouldn't be Christmas in London without a visit to Christmas at Kew. Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens at night and walk among the phenomenal light installations spread across the grounds. Or head to the London Wetland Centre, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Explore the protected woodland, which is lit up at night with installations celebrating the animals that call the wetlands home. Go birdwatching with night vision goggles, thrills guaranteed! 2024 dates and display program to be confirmed.

Prices and opening times

Child ticket From £19.25 per ticket
Adult ticket From £25.50 per ticket

Children under three years of age enter for free.

Opening Times

From 4.30pm to 9pm.