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Christmas at Kew 2023/2024

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Blue laser-style lights spread out from the Palm House at Kew Gardens at night.
See beautiful lights at Christmas at Kew. Image courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
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Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with sparkling Christmas lights and displays, with Christmas at Kew.
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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.

Check back nearer the time for full details of this year's event, but in 2022, you could have enjoyed these Christmas at Kew activities...

  • 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.
  • Taken 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 you wandered past Feathers by Pyrite Creative, a display of 16 UV feathers that floated in the breeze as if appearing from nowhere.
  • Been 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 illuminated the surrounding canopy.
  • Indulged in delicious Christmas treats and winter warmers of hot chocolate or mulled wine during the trail, or enjoyed a Christmas dinner at The Botanical restaurant

Oh, and said 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

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) £14.00 to £18.00 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £65.00 to £82.00 per ticket
Adult Ticket £21.50 to £28.00 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.

Venue Details & Map

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew, Richmond
+44 (0)20 8332 5655
Public transport:
Tube: Kew Gardens Train: Kew Bridge

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