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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.