• Event details

    22 November 2017 - 1 January 2018 

    There’s something for everyone as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous botanical gardens in a magical after dark experience. Now in its fifth year, our new 2017 winter trail boasts over one million twinkling lights. Welcome to an enchanting world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. Follow the path lit by one thousand illuminated globes towards glittering trees dripping with silvery shards of light, snowflakes and stars.

    The mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees can be heard in the distance as you stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections and underwater lights that playfully glow. It’s a place where fairy-tale meets fantasy. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for the woodland walk along Path of Bubbles, giant baubles where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of light. This year The Fire Garden flickers as an avenue of Christmas trees surrounded by festive flames, whilst the Gardens and the Broadwalk are magically transformed, replanted with bright larger-than-life neon reeds, vibrant petals and gigantic flowers.

    Christmas at Kew wouldn’t be same without the Palm House Pond springing to life with brightly coloured crisscrossing laser beams, jumping jets of light that dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics and new for 2017, kaleidoscopic projections play across a giant water screen. Complete your treat under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows and enjoy Kew’s well stocked gift shops and other traditional fare. For the young ones, the playful atmosphere of White Peaks will welcome you with a Victorian carousel*, helter skelter* and other family rides* and don’t forget to look out for Santa and his elves at the North Pole along the way.



    Ticket information 
                              ADVANCE                       ON THE DAY 
    Adult                   £18.50 / £16.00           £20.00 / £18.00
    Friends of Kew     £15.50 / £13.00           £17.00 / £15.00
    Family**             £55.00 / £48.00           £60.00 / £56.00
    Child 4-16           £12.00 / £10.00           £14.00/ £12.00

    Off peak times: 
    22-24 November 
    29 - 30 November
    6 - 7  December 
    13 - 14 December 

    Vintage rides at White Peaks cost £2 per child.


    Choose your entry gate for tickets with reserved parking There are two entrances for Christmas at Kew. The main entrance is Victoria Gate. However limited pre-paid parking is available at Kew’s Ferry Lane car park in conjunction with entry at Brentford Gate. A pre-paid parking supplement of £7 applies. Parking tickets must be booked in advance to guarantee your space. Choose your preferred time slot and entry gate at the point of booking. Please arrive at Kew at your chosen entry time. Otherwise we strongly recommend the use of public transport. Kew Gardens underground is a short walk from Victoria Gate.


    Timed entrance every half hour between 5pm and 8.15pm (estimated walk time 75 minutes)


    All tickets are subject to a single transaction charge. £2 per transaction for print at home tickets, £2.50 for tickets sent by first class post. £1.00 when booking tickets in person at Kew. See kew.org/christmas for further information and full terms and conditions. On the day prices apply from midnight on the day prior to your visit. The Victorian carousel and family rides at White Peaks cost £2 per child. ** Family ticket: 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-16)

    Cancellation, exchanges & refunds

    Please be sure that you have chosen the right entry gate, date and time slot at the time of making your booking as Kew and See Tickets are not able to offer exchanges or refunds once tickets have been purchased. We are also not able to offer refunds/duplicates on unwanted/lost tickets. 
    Inevitably bad weather can affect any open-air event. If we have to cancel the event as it unsafe to proceed, visitors will be offered an alternative date/time. No refunds will be offered simply if the weather is inclement. Any decision to cancel the event will be taken at 2pm on the day of an event.
    If the event is cancelled by us due to weather and patrons are not able to attend an alternative night offered, then a refund will be considered on a case by case basis.
    If we are not able to offer visitors an alternative night, then in this case a refund will be offered.
    Where a refund is due, the ticket must be returned within 28 days of the event due date. 

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