Best 17 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.
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Discover the best Christmas London tours and day trips for 2022, 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, including Christmas lights tours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and 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 © visitlondon.com/Ben 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 visitlondon.com

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 © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid. Image courtesy of visitlondon.com/Jon 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 *

Tower of London © iStock images. Image courtesy of iStock,
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 *

8. 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

9. 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 *

10. 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 *

11. 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 *

12. 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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13. 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. Read More *

14. Simply Stonehenge morning or afternoon tour *

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 *

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.. Read More *

16. 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 *

17. 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.