Treat the kids
Discover fun activities for the whole family. Father Christmas is waiting to hear those Christmas wishes, while the young at heart will enjoy riding our twinkling Victorian carousel.
Visit Santa's grotto
Every child's wish! Meet Santa in his grotto ...
Sat 8 – Sun 23 Dec
12 noon – 3.30pm (From 11am on Sat 22 and Sun 23)
Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room
Free - (Queue closes 3pm)
Bring your little ones along to meet Father Christmas in his twinkling grotto.
Wed 26 Dec – Sun 6 Jan
11am, 12 noon,1pm, 2pm and 3pm (sessions last 20-30 minutes)
Note: No 11am show on 26 Dec and no 3pm show Sat 5 and Sun 6 Jan
After Christmas the grotto will host magical story telling sessions.
Face painting fun
Get creative with our fabulous face painter!
Sat 8 Dec - Sun 6 Jan
10.30am - 3.30pm
Climbers and Creepers
£4 per face, £7 for two
Rudolph, an elf, or even a Christmas pudding... your children will love being transformed into festive character.
Discover festive facts
Learn, discover and explore.
Sun 9 Dec - Sun 6 Jan (Wed, Fri and Sun only)
12 noon - 2pm
Venue: The Orangery until 19 Dec, the Munch Box 21 Dec onwards
Curious kids and grown ups can learn what makes a tree a tree, a bamboo a bamboo and a palm a palm - plus make some simple origami shapes - in these interactive drop-in sessions from Kew’s volunteer guides.
Fabulous stocking fillers
Ride the carousel
Take a magical ride in a stunning setting.
Sat 8 Dec – Sun 6 Jan
10.30am – 4pm
Kew Palace lawn (near White Peaks)
Adult or child; £2. Adult accompanying children 5 and under; £1
Treat the children to a magical ride on our twinkling Victorian carousel - or release your inner child and take a spin yourself.
Very young children will enjoy our mini vintage car ride.
Follow our family trail
Wander through a winter wonderland.
Explore the best wintery spots around the Gardens with our Twelve trees of Christmas family trail. The kids will enjoy learning about Kew’s festive trees along the way.
Pick up your free leaflet at the gates | Find out more about the trees
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