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London is a magical place at any time of the year but at Christmas time, London really comes alive with its Christmas decorations, Christmas lights and enormous Christmas trees.
Although places of interest and attractions will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day in London, there is still lots to do. We've put together ideas for you with tours and attractions in and around London at Christmas. Check our links below to discover how you can have an amazing festive period in London whatever the date.
This tour will take you around London’s beautiful Christmas lights in vintage style, perfect for photography lovers, You are dropped you off at Winter Wonderland at the end.
Lantern and light festival designed around the magic of Alice in Wonderland, perfect for families to really enjoy the Christmas spirit. Food vendors will be on site along with live entertainment too.
24-hr ticket plus an extra 24-hrs free. Get your ticket for the Golden Tours hop-on hop-off bus tour and spend two days sightseeing for the price of one. Enjoy the simple way to visit London’s attractions.
Strap on your skates and enjoy some magic in the grounds of the stunning Natural History Museum. Afterwards you should visit the free museum to complete a great experience.
Includes a beautiful tour of illuminated London, sumptious 3-course meal and you'll enjoy the famous midnight mass at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Mingle with tourists and worshippers alike.
Private visit to Leeds Castle, walking tour of Canterbury including the Christmas market, 2-course lunch, see the white cliffs of Dover and visit historic and beautiful Greenwich.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of London, visit the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade & St Paul’s Cathedral. Take a boat ride down the Thames and finally experience the London Eye.
Includes entry to Warwick Castle, drive through beautiful Cotswolds, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, walking tour of beautiful Oxford and an optional lunch.
Guided walking tour of Windsor & around perimeter of castle. Visit the long walk now famous from the recent Royal wedding. Christmas lunch in a local English pub. See Stonehenge then onto Lacock a pretty English village, finally onto Bath for walking & panoramic tour.
Panoramic tour of London's main sites, follwed by trip to Oxford for festive walk through the ancient University town. Then onto the stunning Cotswolds to enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch and finally onto Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare.
Climb aboard a vintage double decker open top bus to see the main sights of London in style. Then cruise along the Thames, enjoying beautiful river views of London whilst enjoying a fantastic 4-course Christmas dinner. A unique and very memorable way to spend Christmas day.
London is never quieter than on Christmas Day so make the most of the traffic less city and enjoy a day sightseeing using the Golden Tours hop on hop off bus tour. You can choose routes and will be able to see so many major attractions without waiting in traffic.
What could be better than visiting a world heritage site on Boxing day. Spend a magical morning marvelling at the stones and visiting the new museum. This tour includes modern coach transport, entry to Stonehenge and an informative audio guide to help you get the most from the day.
Explore historic Warwick Castle, ride through the beautiful Cotswolds on your way to Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare’s hometown where you can visit his birthplace. Two course meal at a historic pub sets you up for the walking tour of stunning Oxford.
Climb aboard the Monsoon Clipper and have a relaxing cruise along the Thames whilst enjoying live music & a glass of bubbly. At the end of the tour you'll arrive in perfect time to enjoy the famous London fireworks and see in the New Year in style.
Dine at the Minster Exchange whilst enjoying live music & then make your way to the Meteor Clipper which will continue your live musical entertainment and show you London from the river at night, culminating in the fireworks over London’s skyline.
Spend the last day of the year at an incredible world heritage site and enjoy 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.
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.
There are so many free things to do in London at Christmas. Most of the London museums are free and will have Christmas themed exhibitions as part of their offering. You can shop until you drop in London at Christmas and enjoy the Christmas lights and store displays at the same time. Selfridges is world famous for its window displays, especially at Christmas and Harrods Christmas lights are well worth seeing.
There are lots of famous Christmas trees you can visit, the ones at Trafalgar Square and St Pancras station are particularly well known and always beautifully decorated. London also comes into its own with its huge range of Christmas Markets. Visit our Christmas market blog to discover the best ones to visit.
Visit any church and you’ll be made very welcome and you can explore and enjoy the carol services at your leisure. If you need a walk before your Christmas dinner, then make your way in the morning down to Hyde Park, where you can watch brave or crazy souls take a dip in the Serpentine in the annual Peter Pan Cup.
Visit our London at Christmas blog for details of other Christmas events and attractions happening in London this year.