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The Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew At Christmas

Seasonal illuminations light up Kew after dark
25 November to 02January 2016 5pm to 10pm
As twilight falls, the magic begins…..

Did you know that Kew Gardens was home to one of the very first decorated Christmas trees in England? It was Queen Charlotte in the 1790s who dressed branches in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace, and when the tree was lit and all aglitter, the whole court gathered round...

Now in its third year, our new winter trail for 2015 focuses on the Christmas tree and Kew’s special part in the history of our traditional celebrations. It offers something for everyone at this festive time of year as the one-mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after-dark experience.

Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas hues, and gaze at glowing waterside reflections as clusters of illuminated fountains dance in an explosion of colour, set against the iconic Palm House. Walk through playful ribbons of light, count the Christmas trees festooned with seasonal cheer, and listen to the Choir of the Holly Bushes as they twinkle in time to festive music. Stroll a fairytale avenue of larger-than-life winter flora and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of reflection. Take time with family and friends to ponder the year almost over and look forward to the year to come.

Event details:
Timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm. Not open on 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14,15, 24 and 25 December 2015.
Venue: Main entrance - Victoria Gate. Tickets with pre-paid parking - entrance at Brentford Gate.

Christmas by day

Christmas is also a lovely time to visit Kew during the day, so if you are booking Christmas at Kew in the evening, why not make the most of our special day time ticket price of £7.

During the day, you can explore the beautiful gardens in their entirety, enjoying the winter landscape, glasshouses, galleries and restaurants. Santa will be on site to meet younger visitors and there will be a festive fairground. Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew, Richmond
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Kew Gardens - Palm House lights
Festive treats
Keep warm under the stars with a mulled wine, spiced cider, or hot chocolate as the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasting marshmallows tempts you to enjoy tasty treats and other traditional fayre. Why not browse Kew’s well-stocked shops of carefully selected gifts and have Christmas all wrapped up.

Kew Christmas ice rink - Not being held in 2015
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