News & Features 12 Jun, 2018

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew

This Christmas, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after dark explosion of festive colour, as visitors embark on an illuminated trail inspired by the Gardens themselves, for the much-anticipated Christmas at Kew 2018.

There's something for everyone as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience.

Now in its sixth year, our 2018 winter trail is bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.

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New this year, glittering spiral trees dripping with silvery shards guide you on your way. Enter the moonlit woods and step into a Laser Garden where refracting lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. Then stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections made by a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats gently bobbing on the shimmering surface.

And for the finale, criss-crossing laser beams leap to life at the Palm House, with jumping jets of light and kaleidoscopic projections.

Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, then browse Kew's well-stocked shop for that extra special gift.

For the young ones, don't miss the Victorian carousel*, helter skelter* and other family rides* at White Peaks and look out for Santa and his elves along the way.

New for 2018 -  Christmas dinner at Kew’s Botanical restaurant.  Two sittings are available, with dinner before or after your visit to the trail.  Choose dinner at 5pm, in conjunction with a 7pm ticket to visit to the trail, or visit the trail first at 6pm, followed by dinner at 8pm. Must be pre-purchased in conjunction with your trail ticket, with entry at Victoria Gate.

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• Thursday 22 November - Sunday 25 November
• Wednesday 28 November - Sunday 2 December
• Wednesday 5 December - Sunday 9 December
• Wednesday 12 December - Monday 24 December
• Wednesday 26 December - Saturday 5 January


Christmas at Kew opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm.

Main Entrance - Victoria Gate: Choose from nine entry times every 20 minutes between 5pm and 7.40pm.

Last entry at the main entrance, Victoria Gate is at 8.00pm.

Tickets with pre-paid parking at Brentford Gate - choose from eight timed entry slots, at 20-minute intervals, between 5pm and 7.20pm. Last entry at 7.40pm.


Advance tickets from £16.50 (£10 for children). Friends of Kew receive further discounts. Booking fees apply.

Christmas dinner at The Botanical costs £35 person for adults and £13 for children (excluding your trail ticket.)

*separate charges apply for the vintage rides.