Guided Tours on Christmas Day & Boxing Day 2017

Christmas lunch tour in London or Cotswolds, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and Hogmanay trip to Edinburgh

Christmas Lunch

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London at Christmas time

If you are in London on Christmas Day no attractions will be open, no public transport will be running and the shops will be closed. But there is always something to do or somewhere to get Christmas lunch!


New this year in London is a hop-on hop-off bus tour on Christmas Day run by Golden Tours. But if it's a sumptuous Christmas Day lunch your want, there is a vintage bus tour and Christmas lunch in London or free morning transfer from selected hotels on our Christmas Day lunch tours outside London.


In the build up to Christmas, there is an Evening Open Top Christmas Lights Tour to get you into the festive mood in festive London. And for fans of Downton Abbey with expensive tastes, there is a Christmas Ball at Highclere Castle on December 16. But be warned. Places are limited for such a lavish evening.


Although only a few restaurants will be open in London on Christmas Day, there are some fabulous guided tours available further afield such as the Cotswolds with Christmas lunch on the menu in a traditional English 14th century pub.


Boxing Day (December 26) is another national holiday. Traditionally on Boxing Day, most of the major attractions like the museums and the Tower of London are closed. Many will be closed on Christmas Eve, December 24.

This is not unique to London. It is a similar story all over the United Kingdom, so out of town attractions like Stonehenge and Windsor Castle are closed.

The good news, however, is that these days are just about the cheapest of the year for hotel rooms. And Christmas Day and Boxing Day tours are available.


Tours on Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Although most attractions will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day the destinations the tours visit are similar to throughout the year. Of course the tour itinerary will be adapted. Major attractions will be drive-bys or short photo stops, or if a major attraction is in a town/city then there is a rewarding walking tour to be had around the town/city.

The centrepiece of most day tours on Christmas Day is a full traditional English Christmas Dinner. Given there is no public transport in London on Christmas Day the hotel pick-up service covering all of Central London's major hotel districts comes into its own.

Christmas Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

However, if you fancy a festive bus tour, the usual tours are running until Christmas and beyond with Golden Tours also running a One Day Special Hop-on Hop-off Tour on Christmas Day.


The service covers 60 stops on 3 different routes and takes in Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly. It departs every 15-20 minutes and every 5-10 minutes from the main tourist points.


Panorama 24 hour London Tour Tickets

Christmas Day (December 25) Tours 2017

Classic London Highlights and optional Christmas Day Lunch Cruise

Board a vintage double-decker red bus and view London without any traffic or crowds! Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city, all brought to life by our expert guide.


At lunchtime board an elegant lunch cruise giving another perspective of London while you indulge in a 4-course Christmas dinner.


Classic London Highlights and Christmas Day Lunch Tour - more details

Day Tours Outside London with Traditional Christmas Lunch

All the attractions may be closed but that doesn't mean you can't have a rewarding tour on Christmas Day.


The highlight of the day for many is a traditional English Christmas Lunch normally at a historic pub or atmospheric inn.


Walking and panoramic driving tours make it in an interesting day without the crowds. There is a choice of tours visiting the most famous English towns and cities outside London. This year there's free morning transfers on Christmas Day from selected hotels.


Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath with traditional Christmas Lunch - more details

Oxford and Stratford plus Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds - more details

Stonehenge, Stratford, Bath plus Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds - more details

Canterbury, Dover and Rochester plus traditional Christmas Lunch - more details


Christmas lights or lunch tours


4 Day Tours to Paris leaving London December 24 2017

4 Day Tour to Paris departing December 24

A guided 4-day Paris Tour over the Christmas holidays via Eurostar train from King's Cross, London, with Christmas dinner in Monmartre and an optional River Seine Boat Cruise. You even have plenty of free time to visit Disneyland® Resort Paris if you wish.


Tour includes:
- Return travel by Eurostar
- Three nights B&B hotel accommodation, all rooms en suite
- Guided sightseeing tour of Paris
- Christmas dinner in Montmartre
- Plenty of free time to explore.


Optional excusions include:
- Montparnasse
- River Seine Boat Cruise
- Moulin Rouge Cabaret.

Disneyland Paris is open on Christmas Day, but you'll need to make your own arrangments.


4 Day Tour to Paris departing December 24 by Eurostar train - more details

Boxing Day (December 26) Tours 2017

On Boxing Day many main attractions are closed, but others are open. A variety of tours are available, similar to the Christmas Day tours above, but without the large festive Christmas lunch.


Boxing Day (December 26) Tours 2017 - more details


New Year's Day (January 1) 2018

On New Year's Day, things are pretty much back to normal. Most places will be open and public transport will be running. As the main attractions open after Boxing Day the tour operators run a normal programme of tours from the December 27 (see table at foot of page).


4 Day New Year Hogmanay Tour to Edinburgh and Loch Ness departing December 30

You can also celebrate the New Year in style on a traditional Scottish Hogmanay Tour which includes 3 nights hotel, return coach travel from London, plus a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Loch Ness and entrance to the infamous Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh.


The tour includes travel to Edinburgh by fast train in a journey time of just under 5 hours from London and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. As well as a guided tour of Edinburgh and transfers to your hotel, a Hogmanay Street Party Pass is included.


There is also an optional day tour exploring the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness from Edinburgh available during your stay.

Tour includes:
-Return coach travel from Central London
-3 nights hotel with breakfast at Britannia Hotel Edinburgh
-Guided panoramic sightseeing tour
-Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness Excursion
-Hogmanay Street Party Pass
-Plenty of free time to enjoy this magnificent city and its Hogmanay celebrations!
-Visits to Gretna Green & York


4 Day New Year Hogmanay Tour departing December 30 - more details

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning Or Afternoon Half Day Tour- £51

Stonehenge & London Day Tour - £52

Windsor Castle Windsor Morning & Afternoon Tours - from £46

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £109

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (no Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £89

Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £93

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £145

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £64

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £75

Stonehenge & Windsor - £84

Stonehenge & Avebury - £64

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £87

Stratford & Cotswolds (inc Anne Hathaway’s) - £84

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £92

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £145

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £82

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace (Small Group) - £145

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £87

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £145

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £72

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £145

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £145

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £145

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Apr to Oct) - £145

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford -£145

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Apr to Oct) - £145

1, 2 & 3 Day Breaks to Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip to Paris - from £165

3 Day Paris - from £249

Day Trip to Edinburgh - from £184

2 Day Edinburgh - from £275

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekend - from £289

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £479

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239

Special Offer Day Tours From London