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Christmas at Kew

As twilight falls...the magic begins...

Wednesday 26 November 2014 – Saturday 03 January 2015

5pm – 10pm (timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm)


Christmas at Kew is back! After last year’s hugely popular experience, Kew Gardens is offering a brand new glittering trail a mile long, guided by snowflakes, which winds its way through breathtaking landscape, creating a magical after dark experience.  This will be enhanced by a series of botanically inspired, large scale light installations, created by French design studio TILT. Their work has been seen at Bestival, and the renowned Festival of Lights in Lyon. The 27 individual pieces – the largest of which will be 12 metres by 12 metres – will look like fireworks frozen in time, including luminous lily of the valley and imposing thistles.

Wander between glowing waterside reflections, illuminated fountains and glorious glasshouses, as Kew’s stunning architecture and towering tree canopies are brought to life and drenched in Christmas colour. A shimmering tunnel of lights, twinkling holly bushes, Christmas trees festooned with lit up presents and plumes of fire dancing to music inspired by The Nutcracker in-front of the iconic Palm House, make this one of the most Christmassy affairs in town. Not to mention romantic – visitors can steal kisses at ‘mistletoe moments’ – a secluded spot bathed in fairy lights and bedecked in mistletoe.

Keep warm under the stars with a mulled wine, spiced cider or hot chocolate, as well as roasting chestnuts, toasted marshmallows and other sumptuous traditional fayre. Kew’s tastefully curated shops at Victoria Plaza and White Peaks are the perfect place to pick up unique gifts for the whole family.

There’s lots of fun to be had for the whole family both day and night. Father Christmas will be waiting for the children in his Snowflake Grotto, and a Victorian Carousel, family rides, and an outdoor adventure playground can be found by White Peaks Cafe. For Christmas at Kew visitors, a specially reduced entry price for an adult day visit to Kew Gardens (under 17’s go free during the day) can be purchased in addition to your trail ticket.

To create this wonderful event, Kew Gardens is once again teaming up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay, in collaboration with design team Culture Creative.

Adam Farrar, Kew’s Head of Venue Hire and Events says: 'After the success of last year’s Christmas trail, we have produced an after dark sensation that is even more beautiful, designed to really get you in the Christmas spirit.  If you missed out on this much heralded night-time experience first time round, or if you loved what you saw and are curious about the new trail and the spectacular TILT light installations, wrap up warm, and head down to Kew Gardens, where you will see the landscape as never before.'




For more information please contact the RBG Kew Press Office on 020 8332 5607 or email

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For more information on Raymond Gubbay, please go to

For more information about Culture Creative please go to

For more information on TILT, please go to


  • Christmas at Kew admission:

                     Advance                 On the day

Adult             £15                         £17

Family           £45                         £50

Child 4 – 6    £10                         £12

Under 4s free

Pre-paid parking at Brentford Gate £7 ro be booked with ticket/time slot

Day tickets can be purchased for an additional £7, at the time of booking the trail

  • Opens at 5pm - on the dates below:

26 November – 30 November 2014

3 December – 7 December 2014

10 December – 14 December 2014

17 December – 23 December 2014

26 December –3 January 2015


Timed entrance every half hour between 5pm and 8.15pm (estimated time 75 mins)


Choose your entry gate

This year there are two entry gates. The main entrance is Victoria Gate. However, limited pre-paid parking (booked in advance) is available at Kew’s Ferry Lane car park in conjunction with entry at Brentford Gate. Book at, 0844 995 9675.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract over 1.5m visits every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives approximately half its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.