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Christmas at Kew Gardens 2023 | Timings, Facilities, Parking & More

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Christmas at Kew Gardens

One of the most wonderful times to visit Kew Gardens is in winter during Christmas. Take part in the after-dark festivities that include a stroll under the stars through the beautiful gardens and enjoying the delicious food for a jolly Christmas experience. Read on to know more about how to spend your Christmas at Kew Gardens and how to plan your visit.

Why Celebrate Christmas at Kew Gardens?

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  • Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanical Garden at Kew.
  • Taste delicious Christmas treats, hot food, and winter drinks. 
  • Marvel at the beautiful lights and the trees bathed in jewel-like colors.

Top Things to do on Christmas at Kew Gardens

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See the Lights on a Walk

Take a stroll along the paths within Kew Gardens and and step away from the bustling city. Breathtaking flowers and lush greenery along with twinkling lights in honor of the festive season would be the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing Christmas.

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Indulge in Seasonal Delicacies

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 food vendors that s serve up loaded hash browns, spiced cider, waffles, and hot chocolate along the trail.

Plan Your Christmas at Kew

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Kew Gardens Christmas

Christmas at Kew runs between November 16, 2022, and January 8, 2023. It is open on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 16 November – Sunday 20 November 2022
  • Wednesday 23 November – Sunday 27 November 2022
  • Tuesday 29 November – Sunday 4 December 2022
  • Tuesday 6 December – Sunday 11 December 2022
  • Tuesday 13 December – Saturday 24 December 2022
  • Monday 26 December 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023

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.

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  • Christmas at Kew attempts to make the trail fully accessible but there are a few difficult terrains with gradients that can be difficult during wet weather.
  • Visitors can bring their wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and buggies.
  • There are wheelchairs available for borrowing as well, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Registered disability assistance dogs are allowed in the Kew Gardens.
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  • Photography – Guests can take photographs of the trail but should be careful of other visitors. 
  • Toilets – Visitors can access toilets at Brentford Gate, Victoria Plaza, and Pavilion Bar.
  • Fairground – Enjoy family rides at the fairground during Christmas at Kew.
  • Parking – Parking is strictly prohibited along Kew Road. Parking at Kew’s Ferry Lane car park (TW9 3AF) and at the National Archives parking facility (TW9 4DU) is for advance booking only.
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  • For the safety of everyone present at Christmas at Kew, full security checks will be carried out at the entrance gates.
  • Visitors are requested to let the nearest staff member know of any observed suspicious activity or behavior.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended.
  • Be mindful of your children and do not let them wander into the poorly lit areas of the Gardens.
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Brentford Gate Car Park

  • Visitors need to buy reserved parking tickets for £10 to park at Kew’s Ferry Lane car park, TW9 3AF.
  • Entry to the Christmas at Kew is via Brentford Gate which is situated next to the car park.
  • Daytime parking tickets are valid till 3 PM. After that, you need another parking ticket for the evening.
  • Car park will close at 10 PM.

National Archives Car Park

  • You can use the car park spaces available at the National Archives parking facility from 3:30 PM.
  • This car parking facility can be reached on foot from Victoria Gate and Lion Gate in 11 and 25 minutes, respectively.

Disabled Access Parking

  • Visitors with a disability can park in Kew’s car park, TW9 3AF, for free.
  • Buy the reserved parking ticket and select the disabled access parking option. 
  • Display the Blue badge when accessing the disabled access parking.



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Frequenty Asked Questions About Christmas at Kew Gardens

What is Christmas like at Kew Gardens?

Christmas at Kew Gardens is an annual event where you can stroll through the Gardens after dark, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and take photographs of the festive decorations at Kew.

Is Christmas at Kew Gardens disabled-friendly? If yes, what are the different facilities offered?

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.

Are there any parking access available during Christmas at Kew Gardens?

Brentford Gate Car Park and National Archives Car Park are accessible to guests during Christmas at Kew Gardens.

Can I take photographs of Christmas at Kew Gardens?

Visitors can take photographs during Christmas at Kew Gardens.

What should I wear before visiting the 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.

Should I carry anything with me before arriving for Christmas at Kew Gardens?

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.

Are there toilet facilities during Christmas at Kew Gardens?

Visitors can use the toilets at the Pavilion Bar and Grill, Victoria Plaza, and Brentford Gate during Christmas at Kew.

Do you offer any refreshments during Christmas at Kew Gardens?

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.