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What to do in London at Christmas time

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's day tours

London red telephone boxes in the snow
Christmas in London can be a magical experience

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.

Tours available throughout Christmas in London

Vintage bus london lights tour

Christmas lights vintage bus tour

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.

Book from £32pp

alice in wonderland light and lantern festival

Alice in Winterland

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.

Book from £15pp

hop-on hop-off londontours 24-hrs free

Hop-on hop-off bus tour

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.

Book from £32pp

Ice Skating at Natural History Museum

Ice skating at Natural History Museum

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.

Book from £12.65pp

What to do in London on Christmas Eve 2018?

illuminated london tour dinner and mass

Illuminated tour, dinner & midnight mass

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.

Book from £90pp

leeds castle canterbury cathedral dover and greenwich tour

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover & Greenwich

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.

Book from £92pp

Total London experience tour

Total London experience tour

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.

Book from £113pp

oxford, stratford-upon-avon, cotswolds and warwick castle tour

Oxford , Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Warwick castle

Includes entry to Warwick Castle, drive through beautiful Cotswolds, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, walking tour of beautiful Oxford and an optional lunch.

Book from £110pp

What to do on Christmas Day 2018 in London?

windsor stonehenge lacock bath tour

Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath

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.

Book from £112pp

london oxford stratford tour with christmas lunch

Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds

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.

Book from £112pp

vintage bus tour london

Vintage bus & cruise tour

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.

Book from £161pp

hop-on hop-off london tour

One day hop-on hop-off bus tour

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.

Book from £40pp

What to do on Boxing Day 2018 in London?

stonehenge morning tour

Stonehenge morning tour

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.

Book from £54pp

stratford-upon-avon warwicj castle boxing day

Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle

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.

Book from £104pp

What to do on New Year's Eve 2018 in London?

Thames cruise and fireworks new years eve

Thames cruise

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.

Book from £189pp

Thames cruise and dinner news years eve

Dinner & cruise

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.

Book from £249pp

Stonehenge morning tour new years eve

Stonehenge morning tour

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.

Book from £51pp

Windsor castle, bath and stonehenge tour new years eve

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath

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 £94pp

Free events and attractions in London at Christmas

Christmas on a budget

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.