Christmas at Kew 2019

See Kew Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights.

At Christmas, Kew Gardens, the famous Royal Botanic Gardens located on the banks of the River Thames, transform into a spectacular sight!

See the Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive display. Visit an enchanting world full of seasonal cheer beneath tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. Follow a sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, illuminating heritage trees and buildings through the Gardens.

Now in its seventh year, the 2019 Christmas at Kew trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations too. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Elsewhere, walk amongst immersive Vines as they surprise with colour changing ribbons of light, while beneath the branches of a sprawling tree the mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o’the Wisp softly glows. Familiar favourites, including the Tunnel of Light and the flickering Fire Garden, will also make a return.

Christmas at Kew wouldn’t be complete without the Palm House Pond finale as jumping jets of light dance across the water to much-loved Christmas classics.

Have a holly, jolly Christmas and complete a walk under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Gather around the fire-pit with family and friends to toast marshmallows and end the evening browsing Kew’s gift shops. Why not pick up some treats for the journey home?

The trail will run from 20 November 2019 until 5 January 2020.


Click here to watch the video from Christmas at Kew 2018
Day 1 Arrival & Kew Gardens

After a mid-afternoon arrival at our hotel, we set off for Kew Gardens in time for our ticketed entry (from 1700h, after darkness falls). After our visit, we return to our hotel. Dinner can be taken before or after our visit.

Day 2 Day at Leisure & Departure
We spend today Christmas shopping in central London or Windsor (or an alternative destination on our way home).
The Garden Highlights...

The Hive
Where science and beauty come together, where visitors can explore the journey of the British bee through UK innovation and design. A fabulous open-air structure standing at 17 metres tall and weighing in at 40 tonnes, The Hive encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination in feeding the planet, through an immersive sound and visual experience. There are 1,000 LED lights dotted around its core which glow and fade, while a unique soundtrack hums in response to the activity of real bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew. Just step inside and discover the secret life of bees!

Davies Alpine House
Opened in 2006, the Davies Alpine House was the first new glasshouse to be commissioned for two decades and is located at the north end of the Rock Garden.

Things to look out for…
Throughout the year, the house displays a wide range of campanulas, dianthus, small ferns, small lavenders, primulas, saxifrage, thymes, tulips and verbascums along with lesser-known species, one of the glasshouse’s rarest occupants is the Chilean blue crocus. It has scented, cobalt-blue flowers with white centres. Described in 1862, it was only known to grow in the range of hills surrounding Santiago, Chile, at about 3,000m. Regarded as extinct in the wild from the 1950s onwards, it was rediscovered in 2001 on private land south of Santiago.

Treetop Walkway
Opened in 2008, the Treetop Walkway stands in the Arboretum, between the Temperate House and the lake. At 18-metres high, it enables visitors to walk around the crowns of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees. Supported by rusted steel columns that blend in with the natural environment, it provides opportunities for inspecting birds, insects, lichen and fungi at close quarters, as well as seeing blossom emerging and seed pods bursting open in spring.

Kew Palace & the Royal Kitchens
An intimate palace that brings to life the joys and sorrows of George III and his family, from his children’s lives to his own hardships. Fascinating personal artefacts and art works adorn the authentically re-created Georgian rooms in which the stories unfold.

Next to the Palace, the Georgian royal kitchen remains miraculously preserved, 200 years after it was last used. Evoking life in the royal kitchen’s on the 6 February 1789, when George III was given back his knife and fork, after his first episode of ‘madness’.

Starting with the little kitchen garden to the rear, gives a flavour of what the Georgian kitchen gardens were like. Once inside, there are four preparation rooms where the bread was baked, the fish and meat stored, vegetables washed, and the lead-lined sink where the scullery boys would spend hours scouring pots and pans with sand. But the most impressive room in the building is the Great Kitchen, a double-height room space, complete with roasting range, charcoal grill and pastry oven.

Crowne Plaza London Heathrow

Bright and spacious guest rooms will make you feel right at home. All rooms feature fast Wi-Fi access and when you’re ready to relax, turn on the state-of-the-art TV and make a cup of coffee or tea, or try the minibar. Guests can also use their time at the hotel to relax and enjoy the extensive leisure facilities with fully equipped gym, indoor 16 metre pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Children are allowed in the pool until 20:00 Sunday to Thursdays and 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Holiday Inn Heathrow M4/J4

Great West Way
A contemporary hotel close to Heathrow Airport, the Holiday Inn M4 J4 at Drayton is perfectly placed for day trips to London's museums, shops and galleries, Windsor Castle and Legoland Windsor. All 230 bedrooms contain a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. This hotel has 71 family rooms (double with double sofa bed/twin with single sofa bed), and 6 accessible rooms are available. Enjoy classic and continental dishes in the restaurant, or relax at leisure in the lounge bar. The hotel has a fitness centre available for use.  Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge (hotel uses Parking Eyes).

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow

Hayes, West London
Located just 10 minutes from Heathrow and 30 minutes from Central London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow is an airport hotel with a luxurious feel. All 459 bedrooms are tastefully designed, airy and plush and there are two restaurants and a lounge/bar. Spa facilities include a sauna, steam room, plunge pool and a relaxation room. Coach parking is on-site & may be chargeable.

Holiday Inn London Heathrow M4 Jct4

Heathrow, London
1 Night Half Board
Twin from £71pp
No Single Supplement (max 2 inc driver)

Dates available

• Full cooked breakfast
• Choice of buffet menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Kew Gardens at Christmas

Crowne Plaza London - Heathrow

West Drayton, London
1 Night Half Board
Twin from £81pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £31

Dates available

• Full cooked breakfast
• Choice of buffet menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Kew Gardens at Christmas

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

Heathrow, London
1 Night Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £68pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £24

Dates available

• Full cooked breakfast
• Entrance to Kew Gardens at Christmas

Upgrades to Half Board available.
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£68 for 2 days

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