15 November 2021

Plan the perfect evening at Christmas at Kew

From new installations to delicious festive street food and drink, here's our roundup of the best things to do at Christmas at Kew this year.

By Ellen McHale , Katie Avis-Riordan , Eddie Johnston and Grace Brewer

Christmas at Kew

Our sparkling after-dark trail returns to light up Kew Gardens.

With brand new installations for 2021, as well as the return of familiar favourites, here's how to make the most of your evening amongst the lights. 

Explore our new installations 

Experience the Gardens after dark with family and friends at our immersive light trail.

Along the way, don't miss Aurora at the Holly Walk; a new and ambitious installation illuminating the night sky like the enchanting visual phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis.

Wander past Spheric, a show-stopping dome of lights suspended over a reflective pool of water, and see the spectacular new shows lighting up our iconic Temperate and Palm Houses.

Illuminated Temperate House at Christmas at Kew
Temperate House at Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Enjoy tasty street food 

Treat yourself to some flavourful street food at vendor stalls along the Christmas trail, choosing from a range of mouth-watering sweet and savoury goodies. 

You can also stop off at our Victoria Plaza Café for takeaway treats and enjoy an alpine-themed menu suitable for all the family at our Pavilion Bar and Grill.

A burger
Street food at Christmas at Kew © KERB
Brownies, Christmas at Kew © KERB

Take a selfie with a beautiful backdrop

Christmas at Kew is the perfect chance to take your best festive selfie.

A festive favourite, the Christmas Cathedral, is a top selfie spot featuring thousands of sparkling fairy lights.

Keep your eyes peeled for lots of other magical Instagrammable moments along the trail.

Visitors taking photos at Christmas at Kew
Visitors taking photos at Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
Cascades of white light forming a bright tunnel
Christmas Cathedral at Christmas at Kew

Warm up with festive drinks

Sip on festive drinks like mulled wine and spiced cider along the route to get in the Christmas spirit.

If you're still feeling chilly, get a warming hot chocolate, perfect for kids to enjoy.

Toasting marshmallows, Christmas at Kew
Toasting marshmallows, Christmas at Kew © RBG Kew

Enjoy a delicious Christmas meal 

Make your night extra special by booking a traditional Christmas dinner. 

Take a seat at our iconic Botanical Brasserie restaurant overlooking the stunning Palm House Pond, before or after your visit to the trail. 

An image of the Botanical Brasserie restaurant, with green chairs and wooden tables
The Botanical Brasserie © RBG Kew

Appreciate the beauty of nature 

Admire the striking forms of our botanical treasures this winter. 

Majestic heritage trees along the route will be illuminated from different angles, with multicoloured neon swirls, dazzling stars and festive projections.

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of plants in all our lives.

Everything you need to know for Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
Heritage tree, Christmas at Kew
Heritage tree, Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
Christmas at Kew

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Experience our magical trail, with a dazzling new route and a host of new installations.

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