19 October 2020

Plan the perfect evening at Christmas at Kew

From a new route 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 and Katie Avis-Riordan

Christmas at Kew

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

With a brand new route and installations for 2020, as well as the return of familiar favourites, here's how to make the most of your evening amongst the lights. 

Explore our new route 

Wander through the Gardens after dark on a dazzling new route and experience our immersive light trail. 

Our enchanting winter trail will lead you for the first time through the beautifully illuminated singing Rose Garden.

Discover a glittering tunnel adorned with a canopy of starry lanterns and fiery sculptures aglow with flickering flames in the scented Fire Garden.

A waterfall of lights will cascade from our 18-metre-high Treetop Walkway in the Arboretum. With spiralling columns of light cascading from the canopy above, this mesmerising display is not to be missed.

Wander past our incredible Temperate House for a show-stopping kaleidoscopic spectacle, and see the grand finale at the Palm House Pond, a stunning light show with a soundtrack of festive classics.

The Cathedral of Light at Christmas at Kew
The Cathedral of Light at Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
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 and enjoy hot meals suitable for all the family in 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.

Top selfie spots include the glowing pink cherry blossom walkway near the Temperate House, where the trees will be wrapped with tiny flower-shaped lights.

Or stop for a selfie at the sparkling Cathedral of Light that twinkles with thousands of fairy lights.

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

Visitors taking photos at Christmas at Kew
Visitors taking photos at Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Warm up with festive drinks

Sip on festive drinks 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 

Add a traditional Christmas dinner to your evening and make your night extra special. 

Take a seat at our iconic Botanical restaurant overlooking the stunning Palm House Pond. 

There are two sittings available, before or after your visit to the trail, which you can add as an extra to your Christmas at Kew ticket.

Already bought your Christmas at Kew ticket? Don't worry, you can book your festive dinner as a separate add-on.

The Botanical
The Botanical, Ellen McHale © 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 branches and trunks wrapped in multicoloured neon swirls.

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

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

Book tickets for Christmas at Kew

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

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