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What to do at Christmas in London 2018

A London Christmas to remember. Explore attractions, tours and more.

Things to do in and around London around Christmas time
There is so much to enjoy about London at Christmas

The magic of Christmas in London comes alive every year. Famous Christmas lights are turned on to make the shopping experience even more special. Giant Christmas trees start appearing in hotel lobbies and in public squares. Attractions create amazing Christmas themes, all combining to really make the whole of London experience all that is good about Christmas time.

On this page you'll find that we truly enjoy the Christmas spirit too and have created an easy to use guide to all the amazing things you can experience at a London Christmas this year.

We feature tours and attractions ideal for families, couples, groups and single travellers, helping you to experience the best Christmas London can offer.

Things to do in and around London around Christmas time

Popular Christmas experiences

London has something for everyone with a whole range of tours to suit every interest. The tours and attractions here however are always incredibly popular and rightly so. Discover what most visitors choose to experience in London at Christmas.

Stonehenge morning tour

Tours at Christmas time

Here we list all the tours you can experience over the festive season in London. Including perenial favourites like Christmas lights, Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor and the hop-on hop-off buses that make getting around London easy.

Ice skating at Natural History Museum

London Christmas attractions

All the major London attractions will have their own unique Christmas themes to entice and entertain their visitors. Here you'll find some of the best attractions and the activities you can enjoy during Christmas in London.

Celebrating the festive season in London

Although London is always a very busy and bustling city, it is worth knowing that on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and new Year's Day certain attractions will be closed. Use our links below to discover what you can do on these days in and out of London this Christmas.

Stonehenge morning tour

Stonehenge tour

Enjoy an incredible world heritage site with an extended visit on this tour. You'll have plenty of time to experience the mystical beauty of Stonehenge. This tour includes modern coach transport and an audio guide to accompany your visit.

Book from £51pp

Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge tour

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath tour

Explore Windsor castle including St George’s Chapel, host to the Royal weddings this year. Visit Stonehenge and discover the world heritage site, a free lunch pack will recharge you as you move onto historic Bath and the iconic Roman Baths.

Book from £107pp

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West End shows

A night out at the theatre is a highlight of any stay in London. At Christmas time visitors flock to see some of the amazing shows on offer. Choose from a variety of long running classics or try out a new modern masterpiece.

Book from £18pp

Shrek Adventure! Grotto

Christmas at Shrek's Adventure!

Enjoy 12 fun-filled fairytale themed live shows where you'll meet Shrek and his Dreamworks friends. Then step into the magical swamp where Santa's Grotto and the big man himself await. You'll need a main entrance ticket first and then add the Grotto entrance additionally.

Book Grotto from £7.50pp

Elves Eye View London Eye

Elves Eye View at The London Eye

Your kids will love helping the Chief Elf navigate Santa around the London skyline. A Santa's Grotto visit is included plus a guided tour of the London skyline by the Chief Elf, an Elf hat and offcial Elf certificate completes the Christmas themed experience for the kids.

Book from £35.20pp

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The view from The Shard

Experience incredible views across the London skyline from the iconic Shard building. This very popular ticket gains you entry to enjoy the view at your leisure with optional additional champagne. At Christmas the view in the evenings can be extra special with all the lights on show.

Book from £20pp

Discover the best Christmas tours in and around London

A tour is the best way to discover new places and learn the most about an area or attraction you visit. With knowledgeable guides and comfortable easy transport, you can focus on what's important and get the best experience possible from your day. See all our Christmas tours that run on specific day like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour

A great way to experience London at your own pace with routes that take you to all the major attractions. In winter you also get 24-hr extra free.

Book from £32pp

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Christmas Eve tour

Enjoy the Total London experience tour on Christmas Eve and visit a host of major attractions. Cruise the River Thames and fly on London Eye.

Book from £113pp

stonehenge dramatic sky

Stonehenge tour

The world heritage sight is amazing any time of the year but frost and snow can add an extra magical touch in Winter. Be sure to check opening times.

Book from £41pp

premium bath windsor stonehenge tour

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

Three of the most popular UK destinations in one tour. Discover Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath in a day.

Book from £89pp

London's best Christmas attractions

At Christmas in London all the attractions up their game to offer amazing Christmas themed entertainment. Take a look at some of our favourite attractions this Christmas in London.

London Zoo at night Christmas

London Zoo

After dark at London Zoo, when the animals go to sleep you can experience a festival of Christmas lights guiding you through to a mulled wine finish.

Book from £16.50pp

Harry Potter Warner Brothers Tour Christmas Snow at Hogwarts

Hogwarts in the snow

Festive magic is not the only magic available this Christmas. Enjoy a snowy Hogwarts as the attraction bedecks itself once again for the iconic Yule ball.

Book from £80pp

christmas carol services London

Christmas carols

There are many churches throughout London, all of which will give you a warm welcome and will be running carol and thanksgiving services.

Find out more

christmas markets London

Christmas markets

We've compiled a list of the top 10 Christmas markets to visit this year. Discover great gifts, food and drink and some amazing locations.

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ice skating London

Ice rinks

Pop up ice skating rinks have appeared all over London. Strap on your skates and enjoy yourself next to some of London's most iconic buildings.

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christmas lights London

Christmas lights

Oxford Street, Regents Street and Knightsbridge have world famous displays and this year Carnaby Street has a Bohemian Rhapsody themed light show.

Find out more

christmas shopping London

Shopping & January sales

Christmas shopping need not be stressful. Enjoy yourself at beautiful department stores or experience some authentic market style shopping.

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new year's eve in london cruise

NYE in London

See in the new Year in style with an evening cruise along the River Thames with live music, bubbly and the famous London Eye fireworks to celebrate.

Book from £199pp

What you need to know

We'll help make it easy for you to get around in London this Christmas so you arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy your destination. We've also got in-depth reviews on all the places you can stay in London at Christmas so you can effortlessly pick the best location.

Public transport

The public tranport system runs a more limited service during the festive season with nothing at all running on Christmas Day itself.

Use our guide to public transport in London. We also recommend checking National rail and Transport for London.

London's public transport

Food & drink

If you are looking to book a table in a restaurant for a traditional Christmas Day roast, then we recommend that you book well in advance.

You could also consider an alternative Christmas meal from places like Chinatown which will be open as usual.

Where to stay in London

If you are coming to enjoy the festive season in London, it is important you undestand which area of London will suit you best.

Use our link to help you choose the right location and accommodation type for your budget and interests.

London hotels