Discover Kew's One Small Thing initiative, inspired by the natural world. Illuminated illustrations and messages are set up to encourage visitors to make small changes for environmental protection, aligning with Kew's mission to safeguard plants and fungi for future generations as well as creating a more sustainable light trail.
Don't miss out on the Hive, a 17-meter contemporary art installation that is connected to an actual colony of bees in Kew. Created by Wolfgang Buttress, over 1000 LED lights are triggered by a soundscape, creating a mesmerizing visual and auditory experience, connecting art and nature.
Keep an eye out for Lili, a series of 3-meter-tall illuminated flowers making their UK debut. Created by TILT, these abstract, towering flowers provide a wonderful visual treat, adding an artistic touch to the festive ambiance.
Take a stroll along Camellia Walk beneath more than 400 colorful cascading lights. ArtAV presents Trapezoid, one of the longest light tunnels to feature at Kew Gardens, set against neon backdrops suspended from the tree canopy, creating an magical experience for you.
Pitaya's Spark Ballet features 24 lanterns with subtly sparkling lights, creating an illusion of them dancing in the air. You can also see floating candles illuminating the tree-lined passageways, giving the festive atmosphere a magical Harry Potter-like touch.
Visit Kew's Christmas Cathedral, a twinkling tunnel inspired by church windows. Explore the Fire Garden, with over 300 candles lighting up the path to the Temperate House, the oldest Victorian glasshouse in the world, creating the illusion of a glowing glass cathedral.
Watch the breathtaking light displays dancing across the Palm House. LED lights seemingly 'float' on the lake's surface, accompanied by a playlist of cherished Christmas classics, adding a touch of nostalgia to a brand new festive experience.
Make your Christmas at Kew memorable with a traditional dinner at The Botanical Brasserie. Indulge in seasonal treats like celeriac and truffle soup, mushroom wellington, or turkey ballotine. You can also find independent street food vendors that s serve up loaded hash browns, spiced cider, waffles, and hot chocolate along the light trail.
Christmas at Kew runs between November 16, 2022, and January 8, 2023. It is open on the following dates:
Entry Timings: 4.20 PM – 10 PM (Last entry at 8 PM)
Last Entry: December 24 - 7 PM.
Entrance Gates: Via Victoria Gate, Elizabeth Gate and Brentford Gate, depending on your ticket.
Brentford Gate Car Park
National Archives Car Park
Disabled Access Parking
Christmas at Kew Gardens is an annual event where you can stroll through the Gardens after dark on new routes, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and take photographs of the festive decorations at Kew.
Christmas at Kew Gardens can be accessed via a 2.6 km long trail that can be viewed from the pathway. There will be interactive elements added to this route and it will take 75 minutes for the visitors to cover it.
Yes, disabled guests can bring their wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or buggies to access the trail. You can even borrow wheelchairs at Kew and can bring registered disability assistance dogs with you to Christmas at Kew.
Brentford Gate Car Park and National Archives Car Park are accessible to guests during Christmas at Kew Gardens.
Visitors can take photographs during Christmas at Kew Gardens.
Since the trail is uncovered and can be wet at many places, it is recommended that visitors wear warm and comfortable clothing and footwear.
Kew gardens winter lights are low so visitors can carry a torch with them to light up the path. Naked flames such as lanterns, flares, candles, etc. are not allowed in the gardens.
Visitors can use the toilets at the Pavilion Bar and Grill, Victoria Plaza, and Brentford Gate during Christmas at Kew.
Guests can enjoy takeaway food from Victoria Plaza Cafe or Pavilion Bar and Grill. There are several street food vendors available on the trail as well that serve delicious street food.