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Christmas by Day

6 December 2014 to 4 January 2015, 9.30am to 4.15pm

It’s the time of year when Kew Gardens becomes a landscape of winter wonder. Take the day to explore the grounds, see Santa, hear carols and enjoy many more festive activities...
Event details: 
6 December 2014 - 4 January 2015
Kew Gardens

Included with entry to the Gardens (Special winter ticket price £9.50)

Christmas by Day image of Santa
Festive fun at Kew

Join us for traditional Christmas festivities during the daytime at Kew. Take a walk through the wintery grounds then warm up with mince pies and other festive treats before visiting Santa’s grotto.

Plan your visit

Christmas by Day activities:

Santa’s grotto

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. Children of members go free.

Riding a children's Christmas carousel

Festive fairground

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

Face Painting
Get the little ones faces painted with a festive fun design
6 December – 4 January
Climbers & Creepers
Extra fee applies

Children's Christmas carol concert in the Orangery Restaurant


Christmas carols
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
Orangery restaurant

Festive treats
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
Brentford Gate

Plan your visit

If you are planning to visit our Christmas at Kew evening experience, you can benefit from day-entry ticket price of £7.

Find out about Christmas at Kew evening illuminations.

IGPOTY Collection 8 book

Buy the book online and save £3 on the RRP (£15.99 instead of £18.99).

Penstemon flowering in an isolated spot around Crater Lake in Oregon with the lake and stunning sunset showing in the background. (Photo: Dennis Frates)

Talks and courses brochure

Browse through our latest brochure, where you'll find many different courses including photography, arts, crafts, botany and many more.