Christmas at Kew: The Sell-Out Christmas Event Returns for 2020!

Now in its eighth year, the sell-out Christmas event - Christmas at Kew - returns for 2020 with a brand-new trail to illuminate the magnificent gardens. With over one million lights, this winter trail will be more twinkling and sparkling than ever before.

What To See

Surround yourself with sparkle as the after dark trail lights up for 2020. You’ll find new moments to share with friends and family. Brand new bright lights for winter nights!

Enter a botanical world filled with seasonal cheer. Discover a tunnel of stars, giant illuminated seed heads and trees wrapped in colour on your way to the treetop waterfall. This year, you'll see beams of light flash from side to side in an overhead aerial dance.

The iconic Temperate House will spring to life, lit from within by dynamic splashes of colour. The towering tunnel will twinkle with thousands of tiny lights. Fiery sculptures will welcome you into the scented fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames and the much-anticipated Palm House Pond finale returns with a memorable soundtrack of festive classics.

Food & Drink

Passionate about food, our crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to the treats on offer. So have yourself a merry little Christmas! Complete your walk under the stars with mulled wine* or hot chocolate* with someone special.

What Do Visitors Think?

The 2019 sell-out edition welcomed thousands of satisfied visitors, who enjoyed festive evenings out with families, friends and loved ones.

So, we had a little look on TripAdvisor, and these happy customers summed it up perfectly!

"Absolutely stunning display of lights and piped music around a set trail incorporating some of the features in Kew such as the Glass House, Palm House, walkway, the lake as well as of course many trees, bushes. In addition there were certain temporary structures to walk through such as a lighted arches and a "gallery" with tubular lights hanging down. Highlights were the "bush choir"; yes really bushes with music coming from them and the fantastic display on the lake incorporating music and lights through the fountains." - LondonHiker10 

"We were lucky enough to experience Christmas at Kew - a nighttime walk through this enormous garden with different light displays, each beautiful in their own way. Halfway through was a small fun park with rides for the kids (for a fee) and also scattered throughout were booths with food or hot drinks for purchase. It was an entirely magical evening. Would travel back to London at Christmastime just for this experience!" - Laura Meisel

"Christmas light and sound trail is a very popular event at Kew Gardens so you have to book well in advance. But it is worth the trouble as it’s long trail covering all the garden highlights through a spectacular trail of coloured lights and illuminated flora. It finishes with a laser sound and light show onto a wall of water from an upward water jets." - JimmyCricket1965 

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COVID-19 Policies

Your safety is of the utmost importance, so you can book with confidence for Christmas at Kew. Significant measures have been put in place to ensure all visitors have a magical, stress-free visit, and furthermore, the event continually monitors and responds to the Coronavirus pandemic, with more in-depth details on trail safety and measures here.

Book Tickets

Christmas at Kew is a must-do event in the London festive calendar, so visitors can expect festive bursts of colour as they explore Kew’s iconic landscape. Tickets sell out fast each year, therefore early booking is advised.

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This article was a collaborative effort, written together by the See Tickets Marketing team; Georgia, Sarah, Hayley, Callum and Abi.

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