Getting Around on Christmas Eve
There will be changes to some public transport services on Christmas Eve, so check before you travel. On the Tube, some services will be reduced during the afternoon and evening; while on buses, there will be no night service available. Travel on the London Overground, DLR, MBNA Thames Clippers, National Rail, Gatwick Express, trams and coaches will also be affected. For more information on public transport on Christmas Eve visit: tfl.gov.uk
Make the most of Christmas Eve’s quiet atmosphere to get some serious sightseeing done. Take one of the many London tours on Christmas Eve: from open-top buses along Christmas light-lined streets, to a cruise down the Thames. Go on a Christmas Eve Day trip outside of London to regal towns and cities such a Windsor and Bath, sleepy villages dressed up for Christmas in the Cotswolds or castles and cathedrals in Kent. Or for a more magical tour, explore the Harry Potter film sets decked out for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
Christmas Eve Carols and Concerts
Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like a carol concert. Expect to queue if you want to attend the 4pm carol service at St Paul’s Cathedral, or you can head over to the Royal Albert Hall or St Martin-in-the-Fields for a candlelit concert. Westminster Abbey also has services and carols on Christmas Eve.
Ice Skating in London
London’s iconic ice rinks are open on Christmas Eve. Skate under the shadow of the Coca-Cola London Eye, Natural History Museum, Somerset House or Tower of London, and many more fantastic London locations.
London Christmas Eve Shows
Many of London’s theatres and performance venues put on one last show the day before Christmas, most of which are morning or early afternoon matinee performances. Catch one of London’s top Christmas shows such as The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, Cinderella the pantomime or Disney On Ice Presents Frozen. Or enjoy one of the West End’s smash-hit musicals on Christmas Eve from Matilda The Musical to Dreamgirls.
Last-Minute Christmas Shopping in London
If you’re that person that still has Christmas shopping to do on Christmas Eve then don’t despair, London has you covered! Our Christmas Shopping itinerary is a good place to start, or you can take a look at our Christmas shopping hotpots, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and more top places for London Christmas shopping.
Catch a Christmas Movie
Eating and Drinking on Christmas Eve
If you want to get Christmas off to a cracking start, or prefer to celebrate on Christmas Eve, book a table at one of London's restaurants for a Christmas Eve meal.
Or for a quick catch up with friends over a drink on Christmas Eve, enjoy a nice pint of ale, warm mulled wine or cider in front of an open fire in one of London's best cosy pubs. Alternatively head to one of London's bars for a festive cocktail.
Remember to book in advance and always check opening times and Christmas closures with the venue.
For more things to do over the festive period in London, take a look at our guide to Christmas in London, or check out our roundup of things to do in London on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Plus, find more essential Christmas and New Year’s Eve information with our guide to transport and opening times.