Christmas holidays at in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in london
Celebrating Christmas in Kew gardens is a unique and unforgettable night-time experience. Enjoy an illuminated trail in the dark and a chance to go on a guided winter walk amongst all the beautiful plants.
Come to Kew and explore the world’s most famous botanic garden. Have a magical Christmas at Kew this year as the botanic gardens are full of wonderful Christmas activities, events and special one offs. Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare and beautiful plants. With visits from Father Christmas, an illuminated trail in the dark and a chance to go on a guided winter walk amongst all the beautiful plants, Christmas at Kew Gardens is sure to be a spectacular time.
A Glittering new trail for 2014.
Christmas at Kew is a unique night-time experience. Guided by snowflakes, you follow a new one-mile glittering trail as it winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after dark experience.This year you’ll find giant light sculptures, the Tunnel of LIghts, Mistletoe Moments and much more. With Christmas trees, festive treats and music along the way, you’ll have the perfect Christmas experience.
New for 2014 Kew’s winter landscape offers something for everyone. Guided by snowflakes, the new one mile glittering trail winds its way through the world famous botanic gardens in a magical after dark experience. Wander between glowing waterside reflections, illuminated fountains and grand glasshouses as Kew’s iconic architecture and unique tree canopies are brought to life drenched in Christmas colour. Along the way gaze at giant light sculptures, bright and luminous, like fireworks frozen in time, walk the shimmering Tunnel of Lights and perhaps steal a kiss at Mistletoe Moments. Stand among twinkling holly bushes and Christmas trees festooned with seasonal cheer as plumes of fire dance to festive music inspired by The Nutcracker set against a frosty, snow-flaked Palm House panorama.
Kew’s annual seasonal makeover is returning. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. We’re imagining something like a neon version of Dale Chihuly’s spectacular ‘Gardens of Glass’ installation at Kew back in 2005. The emphasis really is on sparkle this year, with illuminated fountains, reflective glasshouses and glittering trees
Boutique Christmas Market at Kew Gardens
This Christmas, for the very first time, Kew Gardens will open its doors after dark for visitors to discover an illuminated trail through Kews enchanted winter landscape. Before you start the illuminated trail, you can begin your adventure at the Christmas village located at Victoria Gate where entry will be FREE. There’s something fun for all the family from Santa to festive nibbles, Christmas shopping and nightly live Christmas carols.
Christmas by day
Christmas is also a lovely time to visit Kew during the day, so if you are booking Christmas at Kew in the evening, why not make the most of our special day time ticket price of £7. Just add it to your basket at check out. During the day, you can explore the beautiful gardens in their entirety, enjoying the winter landscape, glasshouses, galleries and restaurants. Santa will be on site to meet younger visitors and there will be a festive fairground. As part of the Christmas village, We Make London are pleased to be collaborating with the Kew team to put on a boutique Christmas market, filled with an
assortment of hand-picked, irresistible gifts and tempting treats for foodies. “The Christmas market is a unique collaboration with creative taste-makers We Make London and local designer/maker craft traders. Traditional wooden chalets will host a selection of hand-picked, irresistible gifts and tempting treats for foodies representing London’s thriving and creative market scene.”
Christmas by Day activities and events
Kids Christmas events
Throughout Christmas at Kew kids can take part in some delightful entertainment and arts and crafts activities at the wonderful Kew Gardens. There’s seasonal face painting and there’s also an enchanting carousel ride on Kew Palace lawn.
Meet Father Christmas in his workshop grotto
6 December – 23 December 2014
From 12pm (queue closes 3pm)
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Price: £2 per child. Free for members.
Take a spin on our Christmas carousel, or mini-vintage car ride for the little ones. Don’t miss the helter-skelter either!
26 November 2014 – 4 January 2015
9.30am – 4pm
Near White Peaks cafe
NB: Extra fees apply.
Twelve trees of Christmas trail
Kew’s take on The Twelve Days of Christmas, an English Christmas Carol. We have paired a tree with every verse. How many trees can you find on our challenge?
Pick up a map from any entrance gate
Dates: 6 December – 4 January
Runs all day in various locations, pick up a leaflet at the gates
Get the little ones faces painted with a festive fun design
6 December – 4 January
Climbers & Creepers
Extra fee applies
Treat yourself to a slice of cake and listen to local school choirs performing traditional carols
8 December – 16 December
11am or 2.30pm TBC
Warm up with mulled wine, mince pies and chestnuts from Kew Rotary Club. All proceeds go to charity.
13 and 14 / 20 and 21 December 2014
10.30am – 4pm
Princess of Wales Conservatory south end
Christmas Tree Recycling
Once the festivities are over, bring your tree (minus decorations) to Brentford gate during opening hours and have it recycled for free by our Arboretum team.
26 December – 9 January
9.30am – 4.15pm
Visitor Information to Tour
Venue Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Opening or visiting hours: Open daily 9:30. Closing times vary.
Event date: 26 November 2014 to 3 January 2015, 5pm to 10pm
Notices: The Temperate House is closed until 2018. For all notices and visitor information, please see the Plan your visit page.
Entry tickets for Christmas at Kew with or without reserved parking. When buying tickets to Christmas at Kew, you can benefit from a special day-entry ticket price of £7 by selecting the optional add on at checkout. visit kew.org