Best 16 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 2023, 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

Christmas lights on London's Regent Street. Image courtesy of 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, including Christmas lights tours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Christmas Eve tours in London

2. Illuminations of London on Christmas Eve

Christmas Lights in Regent Street in London, Photo by Ruth Gledhill on Unsplash

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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3. Christmas Eve tour with dinner and Midnight Mass

A ceremony in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Image courtesy of 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

Christmas Day tours in London

4. 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

5. Sights and Sounds of London on Christmas Day

Tower Bridge on a snowy day, Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash
Enjoy seeing London on Christmas morning, when it's unusually quiet with the three-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

Christmas tours from London

6. Windsor, Oxford and Avebury with Christmas lunch

The Radcliffe camera and the Bodleian library in Oxford. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
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

7. 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. Read More

8. 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

9. Christmas in Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich with Christmas Day lunch

Visit the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Image courtesy of 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

Boxing Day tours from London

10. Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury on Boxing Day

Aerial view of Salisbury cathedral, Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Go on a winter adventure as you visit two iconic World Heritage Sites and explore Britain's historic towns and cities on Boxing Day. Wander around the picturesque market town of Windsor before exploring the mysterious Stonehenge monument. Catch a glimpse of the famous Salisbury Cathedral and end the day strolling around the beautiful city of Bath.

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

Take a day trip from London to Leeds Castle. Photo by Ian Simpson on Unsplash.

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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12. 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

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13. Windsor Castle, City of Bath and Stonehenge tour

Aerial view of Bath abbey, image courtesy of Shutterstock
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. Read More

14. Simply Stonehenge morning or afternoon tour

Stonehenge ancient monument © Shutterstock. Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Spend the morning admiring this untouched phenomenon during the festive season, including Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. 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

15. Stonehenge and Bath tour

View on the Roman baths, Bath. Photo by Paul Cuoco 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.. Read More

16. Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge tour

Windsor Castle and grounds. Image courtesy of Shutterstock / sloukam.
Wander around Windsor Castle and discover more than 900 years of history on this fascinating tour. 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
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.