15 November 2023
Plan the perfect evening at Christmas at Kew
With a new installations and tasty food and drink, there’s a lot to enjoy at Christmas at Kew this year.
Kew’s iconic winter light-trail has returned!
Here’s how to make the most of celebrating nature by night and Christmas lights.
In with the new
Christmas at Kew 2023 will showcase eight new installations along the trail, including giant illuminated flowers; cascading lights suspended from the tree canopy; and 100 'floating' candles.
For the first time, Kew’s iconic contemporary art installation, The Hive, features on the trail. At a towering 17 metres tall, The Hive is a striking multi-sensory installation with over 1,000 LED lights that respond to the rhythm of a bespoke soundscape, commissioned for Christmas.
Combining the magic of colourful lights and music, Kew’s iconic Palm House and adjacent lake will be lit-up with a series of breathtaking light displays set to a soundtrack of beloved Christmas classics.
Walk through our famous Christmas Cathedral filled with thousands of twinkling fairy lights: the perfect place for an Instagrammable selfie!
There are plenty of other great photo opportunities at Christmas at Kew like the flickering flames of the fire garden and many other magical feasts for the eye (and lens).
Tick some gifts off your list
With items ranging from books to toys, jewellery to homewares, fun online workshops and much, much more, there’s bound to be something to add some ho-ho-ho to your recipients.
Appreciate the beauty of nature
Admire the striking forms of our botanical treasures this winter.
Many of Kew’s 12,000 trees and other botanical treasures along the route will be illuminated from different angles.
Wander beneath colourful canopies and bushes draped in seasonal sparkle, whilst you take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of plants in all our lives.