Christmas Activities @ Kew Gardens (11 December – 3 January)


Escape the bustle of the high street with a festive family day out at Kew Gardens where children enter for free.

Families can meet Father Christmas in his secret woodland grotto and share their wish-list for the yuletide season.

Take a horse-drawn carriage down the historic Broad Walk or a spin on the carousel.

Kew has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to offer for all ages and is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Check out a full list of the activities below!

Santa’s Grotto

‘Tis the season to be jolly!’ Visit Father Christmas in his sparkling woodland grotto hidden in Kew’s tropical glasshouse to tell him those important Christmas wishes.

Dates: Sat 11 Dec to Wed 23 Dec 2010
Time: The queue opens at noon and closes at 3pm.
Venue: Princess of Wales Conservatory
Price: Free

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Horse and Carriage Rides

Collecting visitors from the Orangery, a horse and carriage will whisk you down Kew’s historic Broad Walk.

Dates: Sat 11 Dec to Mon 3 Jan 2011
Time: The rides will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily and last 20 minutes. Subject to weather conditions.
Venue: Orangery
Price: Adults £3, children £2

Carousel and Vintage Car Rides

Take a spin on the colourful carousel, or if your little ones prefer Christmas in the fast-lane, we are also offering mini-sized vintage car rides.

Dates: Sat 11 Dec to Mon 3 Jan 2011
Time: The rides will run from 10.30am to 4pm daily.
Venue: Kew Palace lawn
Price: Adults £2, children £2 (£1 for adults when accompanying children under 5)

Face Painting at Climbers and Creepers

Drop by and get your little ones’ faces painted with a Christmas theme. Our indoor play area, Climbers and Creepers, is the perfect place to play in winter.

Dates: Sat 11 Dec 2010 to Sun 2 Jan 2011 (except 24, 25 & 26 Dec)
Time: 11am – 3.30pm
Venue: Climbers and Creepers
Price: £4 a face, or two for £7

Christmas Arts and Crafts

Evergreen Christmas Decoration Making
Make Christmas mobiles, spice bundles and miniature winter gardens (Fri 17 Dec – Thu 23 Dec 2010).

Draw Kew Winter Scenes
Use shiny pencils and black paper to create lovely pictures of the Gardens in winter (Sun 26 Dec – Mon 3 Jan 2011).
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Drop – in)
Venue: Climbers and Creepers

Price: Free


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