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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Christmas comes to Kew Gardens

5th December 2012

One of London's most famous gardens is celebrating the Christmas season with various festive activities.

Kew Gardens is perfect for those staying in central London hotels who want to enjoy some fresh air during their stay. The 300-acre site looks stunning all year round but in the winter season it takes on a special quality, with many of the trees decorated with Christmas-themed objects.

There are also guided Winter Evergreen walks that allow a more informed trip around the gardens to understand about the various specimen plants that have made their home at Kew.

Lara Mistry, the Royal Botanic Gardens festival manager, said: "Christmas at Kew is all about celebrating with your family and friends. With an array of festive activities, Kew is a great stop for a festive day out."

Children may want to visit Father Christmas who will be available to hand out presents at the Princess of Wales conservatory. There are also lots of other activities designed to keep the younger visitors happy including Christmas craft sessions and miniature vintage car rides.

Older family members could be interested in workshops at the Orangery restaurant. These sessions will explore more about the traditional trees and plants associated with the festive session as well as tips on how to create stunning Christmas floral displays.

Kew's Victoria Plaza is the place for those looking for some gifts for family and friends. In addition to the normal gardening presents, the shop is also stocking various other goodies including food.

Admission to the gardens costs £14.50 each and children under 17 are free. The gardens are around ten miles from central London and a short walk from Kew Gardens station.

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