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Christmas at Kew Gardens 2023

An unforgettable after-dark explosion of colors and a festive trail of lights

Dates: November 15, 2023–January 7, 2024 (selected dates)

Christmas at Kew Gardens
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Christmas at Kew Gardens

Every winter between late November and early January, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, transform into enchanting Christmas wonderland. The after-dark event runs from 4 pm to 10 pm and features a mile-long trail through the famous park lit up with over a million of twinkling LEDs. In addition to the illuminated path, the gardens feature live performances, art installations, and stunning displays of thousands of laser beams.

Highlights of Christmas at Kew

One of the highlights of Christmas at Kew is Laser Garden and moonlit woods where refracting light lines of light bounce from tree branches. Beautiful Palm House Pond and Lake waterfront feature a festive flotilla of glowing boats. Fire Garden flickers and crackles attracting visitors with its popular pea-lit tunnel and Canopy of Light.

Visitors can also enjoy spiced cider, warm mulled wine or hot chocolate with fried chestnuts or toasted marshmallows while observing light displays. Kids would love old-fashioned fairground rides and visits with Santa and his elves.

Christmas at Kew tickets

If you want to save money, book tickets in advance, as buying them in person on the day costs more. The off peak admission is £21.50 while the peak price is £26.50. For more details and the latest updates, please check with the official website (see External Resources below.) Also, take a look at the map suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

Practical info

How much are tickets for Christmas at Kew

Off peak: £21.50; Peak: £26.50 Show more

How long does it take to walk around Christmas at Kew?

The trail is 1.6m (2.6km) long and takes approximately 75 minutes to walk. Show more

When do Christmas at Kew tickets go on sale

Usually in late June. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin