Christmas at Kew 2013
Whether by day or at night a Christmas visit to Kew Gardens offers you a chance to escape the hustle and bustle and share time with family and friends. New this year - follow an illuminated trail through our enchanting winter landscape. Check availability for tonight here.
Please note, there are a limited number of tickets for each session on the illuminated trail. We recommend booking in advance as we cannot guarantee availability on the night.
Christmas after dark
This Christmas, for the very first time, we open our doors after dark for you to discover an illuminated trail through our enchanted winter landscape. Kew’s unique family experience offers something for everyone at this festive time of year.
- Dates: 28 November 2013 to 4 January 2014 (please note that the trail is not open every day, get full details)
- Times: open 4.30pm - 10pm
- Prices for the illuminated trail
- Adult: £12.50
- Children (5yrs -16yrs): £8.00. Children under 5 go free
- Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children, 5yrs -16yrs): £38.00
The illuminated trail
Discover Kew after dark... the trees will light your way
Explore the one-mile-long illuminated trail as it winds its way through the Gardens, casting light into hidden places off the beaten track, under tree-top canopies and onto dancing lakeside ripples. You will be able to interact with a captivating light, sound and landscape. Linger by the lake, meander through the Mediterranean Garden, gaze at the Garden of Fire and wonder at the iconic Palm House drenched in colour. From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, Kew’s much loved landmarks are brought to life as you have never seen them before.
What you need to know when following the illuminated trail
The Christmas village
Price: FREE to all
Opening hours: 4.30pm–10pm on illuminated trail evenings (last entry to Christmas Village at 9.30pm).
Before you start the illuminated trail, begin your adventure at the Christmas village located at Victoria Gate. There’s something fun for all the family from Santa to festive nibbles, Christmas shopping and nightly live Christmas carols.
Santa’s Woodland Grotto and rides
Dates: Santa's Grotto will operate from 28 November to 23 December
Times: last entry 8.30pm.
Take the kids to Santa’s Woodland Grotto before popping along for a spin on the Victorian carousel and family rides.
Separate charges apply for Santa’s Woodland Grotto, the Victorian carousel and family rides.
Boutique Christmas market
Times: Open 4.30pm – 10pm on illuminated trail evenings.
Wander through the 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 at Kew is presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Raymond Gubbay Ltd, one of the UK’s leading entertainment producers.
The illuminated trail is created by specialist outdoor event producers, Culture Creative.
Come down to Kew Gardens this Christmas for a festive day of fun with the whole family.
7 December 2013 - 5 January 2014
Father Christmas returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory - free story-telling for little people during a day visit to Kew this December.
Or give the children a ride on our festive fairground, complete with helter skelter, carousel and vintage car ride - this year opposite Victoria Gate and open every daytime.
Experience a sense of wonder on a guided walking tour, as you marvel at Kew in all of its winter glory. Or why not go at your own pace on our self-guided winter walk or family trail?
Take a rest break between activities with tasty treats from the Kew Rotary Club, or why not sit down and sample delicious festive fare in one of our restaurants?
Skip the hectic high street and wrap up your gift buying at our shops – perfect for those last-minute stocking filler.
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