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Best 19 Christmas tours in London

See the sights this festive season as you discover London and beyond with one of these top Christmas tours and day trips.
Discover the best Christmas London tours and day trips for 2021, from seeing the Christmas lights illuminating the city or day trips to iconic destinations, to tours on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Top Christmas tours in London

1. Open-top bus Christmas lights tour

Regent Street Christmas lights © Shutterstock

Experience London glowing with twinkling lights as you catch a festive glimpse of some of the city's most famous landmarks on the open-top Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour. Sit back and take photos from the top deck, as you learn plenty of history on this tour that runs throughout the festive season. Or join one of the Christmas lights tours on Christmas Eve, on Christmas Day or on Boxing Day.

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Christmas Eve tours in London

2. Christmas Eve tour with dinner and Midnight Mass

A ceremony in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Image courtesy of Liam Bailey. Photo credit: Liam Bailey
Celebrate Christmas Eve in London by taking in the city's sparkling sights and savouring a sumptuous three-course dinner, before attending the Midnight Mass held at iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields church. Read More

3. Illuminations of London on Christmas Eve

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree © Pipe.

Marvel at the glimmering streets of central London on Christmas Eve with the Illuminations of London tour. Witness London's landmarks and monuments dressed in their winter coat, during an enchanting journey around Britain's capital; from Parliament Square to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London.

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4. The Total London Experience on Christmas Eve

Horse Guards Parade. Image

Discover London from all angles this Christmas Eve. Feel like a royal as you see the striking Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace, and travel though the City of London, before cruising along the river Thames. End the day taking in London's panoramic views from one of London's best viewing spots: the London Eye.

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5. The Spirit of London tour on Christmas Eve

St Paul's Cathedral © Reid
Spot famous monuments and historic buildings on this daytime Christmas Eve tour taking in St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and more top attractions. Get ready to snap away, cruise the Thames and experience London's magical seasonal atmosphere. Read More

Christmas Day tours in London

6. Hop-on hop-off bus tour on Christmas Day

Golden Tours hop-on hop-off bus at The London Eye © Golden Tours
See the sights on Christmas Day with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Take your seat and relax as the bus navigates streets that are unusually quiet on Christmas Day. Take the opportunity to hop off at regular stops to spot key landmarks and sights, including Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Read More

7. Sights and Sounds of London on Christmas Day

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Enjoy seeing London on Christmas morning, when it's unusually quiet with the three-and-a-half-hour Sights and Sounds of London Christmas Day morning tour. Sit back and relax on this panoramic coach tour while spotting the likes of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Alternatively, join an afternoon tour departing at 2pm. Read More

8. Christmas Day lunch cruise on the river Thames

Christmas Day traditional lunch cruise on the river Thames. Image courtesy of City Cruises.

Savour a Christmas Day lunch in London with a difference, onboard a beautifully decorated City Cruises boat from Westminster Pier. Expect Christmas carols, festive cheer and spectacular sights on this three-hour-and-15-minute cruise, which includes a glass of sparkling wine and a traditional four-course meal.

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9. Christmas Day lunch cruise and city guided tour

St Paul's Cathedral. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Spend a blissful Christmas Day spotting iconic London landmarks by land and water. Navigate the city on near deserted roads as you take in the panoramic views by coach, before having your fill of seasonal classics during Christmas lunch on the river. Sit back, relax and grab your glass of sparkling wine for a Christmas Day to remember.

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Christmas tours from London

10. Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor at Dusk with Christmas Day lunch

Stonehenge in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Explore two World Heritage Sites plus historic towns and cities on this fascinating Christmas Day trip. Attend a service at famous Salisbury Cathedral and spot the ancient Stonehenge monument before tucking into a three-course Christmas lunch. Once you've had your fill, explore Bath and finish with a walking tour of Windsor at dusk. Alternatively, book onto a similar Boxing Day tour without entry to Salisbury Cathedral and lunch. Read More

11. Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon with Christmas Day lunch

Tudor buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon. Image courtesy of VisitBritain
Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway and C.S. Lewis this Christmas Day. Indulge in a three-course lunch after seeing the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, wander through quaint towns and explore unspoilt alleys in Oxford. Uncover the history behind these spots and make the most of the tranquillity of Christmas Day. Read More

12. Dickensian Christmas in Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich with Christmas Day lunch

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Image courtesy of London & Partners. Photo credit: Jon Reid.
Discover London and beyond on this day-long bus tour on Christmas Day, filled with historic spots, maritime neighbourhoods and natural wonders in south-east England. Attend the Sung Eucharist service in Canterbury Cathedral, see the famous White Cliffs of Dover, drive through historic Greenwich, and feast on a traditional Christmas lunch. Read More

13. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich with Boxing Day lunch

White Cliffs of Dover. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Photo credits: Tetra Images.

Savour some of the south-east's top sights as you mix centuries of history with spectacular natural spots. Wander around enchanting Leeds Castle, do some shopping in charming Canterbury and gaze at the magnificent White Cliffs of Dover. This Boxing Day tour also includes a three-course lunch, or opt for a similar Christmas Eve tour without lunch.

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14. Windsor Castle, City of Bath and Stonehenge tour

Windsor Castle and grounds. Image courtesy of Shutterstock / sloukam.
Enjoy a day-long exploration of some of Britain's most enchanting historic sites on this special tour. See the elegant State Apartments at Windsor Castle, witness the monolithic rocks of Stonehenge, and go back to the 18th century with Georgian grandeur in Bath with a visit to the Roman Baths. Or opt for a similar tour without entry to the Roman Baths. Read More

15. Simply Stonehenge morning tour

Spend the morning admiring this untouched phenomenon during the festive season or join a specific Boxing Day tour. Make it a Christmas adventure and – with the help of your audio guide – piece together how these world-famous 40-tonne rocks of Stonehenge came to be.  Read More

16. Windsor, Oxford and Avebury with Christmas lunch

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Combine a royal town, a university city and an ancient stone circle on this magical Christmas Day tour from London. Explore Windsor and Oxford on foot with guided walking tours, see the mysterious circle at Avebury and also be treated to a traditional Christmas lunch in a British pub. Read More

17. Stonehenge and Bath tour

Bath's Royal Crescent. Photo by Tim Wildsmith on Unsplash.
Join a full-day tour to visit the historic city of Bath, where you can visit its Roman Baths and marvel at Georgian architecture. Walk Bath's pretty streets on a guided walking tour and enjoy some free time in the city, before gaining entry to Stonehenge to see the iconic stones for yourself. Alternatively, book onto a similar tour without entry to the Roman Baths. Read More

18. Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge tour

University of Oxford buildings. Image courtesy of VisitBritain
Wander around Windsor Castle and discover the story of former monarchs on this fascinating exploration of their final resting places. Then, visit eerie Stonehenge, before enjoying one of the most quintessentially English cities: Oxford, known for its enormous Bodleian Library, on a walking tour. Read More

19. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle on Boxing Day

Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon. Copyright: Getty Images/iStockphoto. Image courtesy of Getty Images/iStockphoto.
Head west from London this Boxing Day to visit Oxford, where you can set foot inside Christ Church College as part of a walking tour. Then, travel through charming villages in the Cotswolds before visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. End the day by being transported back to medieval times with entry to Warwick Castle. Read More
Find more ways to spend Christmas in London with our pick of the top things to do over the festive season, shop at markets, and show off your skills at ice rinks.