What to expect this Christmas at Kew Gardens in London

Christmas lights Kew Gardens

From Wednesday 17 November 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022, Kew Gardens in London is doing Christmas and it needs to be on your list of things to do to end the last two years of nightmare.

Now in its ninth festive year, this year’s trail features a host of seasonal favourites alongside pioneering new light installations, illuminating Kew Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage landscape with vibrant bursts of colour and over a million twinkling lights.

Standouts at-a-glance:

  • New installations feature stunning video design and scenescapes inspired by Kew collections
  • Highlights include 12 Days of Christmas tree installation, Christmas Cathedral, and LED light spheres illuminating night sky 200 metres over-head
  • Visitors can keep warm with seasonal street food, mulled wine and hot chocolate, or enjoy a Christmas dinner at newly refurbished The Botanical Brasserie restaurant
  • Trail is supported by Montezuma’s Chocolate

This year and kicking off next month in November 2021, we’ll be gifted with a first-time selection of spectacular trees from Kew’s arboretum as their canvas.

Creative studio Novak will create a brand-new piece for Christmas 2021, using a stunning combination of video design, projection mapping and light to bring botanical illustrations from Kew’s archive to life, alongside a host of heart-warming festive imagery.

Further, a brand-new installation, Spheric, which is a fifteen-metre-wide dome of light covered in over 2,000 individually controlled LED pixels, will sit on a reflective water pool, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this unique mirrored illusion as they cross the lake.

And as we’d hope, the favourite Christmas Cathedral returns for 2021, affording guests the perfect opportunity to capture this quintessential Christmas moment on camera.

Cathedral of Light

There’s plenty more on in addition to this small taste, so head over to the Kew Gardens website for more info and to secure your hot tickets now!

Christmas at Kew admission:     

Tickets on sale now: www.kew.org/christmas

Entrances at Victoria Gate, Lion Gate and Brentford Gate.
Advance booking only.

Advance prices

Adult                     from £21.50

Family                   from £65

Child 4 – 16          from £14

Under 4s free.

Concessions available.

Transaction fee applies.


Christmas at Kew runs from Wednesday 17 November 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022 and is open on the following dates:

Weds 17 Nov 2021 – Sunday 21 Nov 2021

Wednesday 24 Nov 2021 – Sunday 28 Nov 2021

Tuesday 30 Nov 2021 – Sunday 5 Dec 2021

Tuesday 7 Dec 2021 – Sunday 12 Dec 2021

Tuesday 14 Dec 2021 – Fri 24 Dec 2021

Sunday 26 Dec 2021 – Sunday 9 Jan 2022

Christmas at Kew is open 4-10pm with timed entry slots. Last entry 8pm.

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