Best Christmas Day tours in London

A photo of London's panorama by night, featuring Westminister Abbey, Big Ben and the Coca Cola London Eye lit up.
A panorama of London in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Spend a magical Christmas day in London on a tour, or travel further with a Christmas day trip.
Last year, the below activities were some of the top Christmas Day cruises and tours of London – check back later in the year for confirmed details of the best Christmas Day events in 2020

Christmas lights open-top bus tour

Designer store Harrods decorated in Christmas lights. Image courtesy of London & Partners.
Fill your Instagram feed with twinkling Christmas lights and decorations on this unique London tour. Learn more about the city's historical buildings, which are covered in picture-pretty light displays during the festive season, as you snap away from the top deck of the bus. Read More

Guided bus tour with festive lunch cruise

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

Spend a blissful 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 bubbly for a Christmas Day to remember.

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Sights and sounds of London bus tour

London decorated with Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Immerse yourself in London's Christmas traditions as you find out interesting facts about the city's history on this fun bus tour. Capture wonderful memories from some of London’s best photo spots, whether you chose to indulge in a Christmas Day tour in the morning or soak up the festive spirit in the afternoon. Read More

Traditional lunch cruise on the river Thames

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

Enjoy a Christmas Day lunch in London with a difference, aboard a beautifully decorated boat from Westminster Pier. Expect Christmas carols, hot drinks and spectacular sights on this three-hour cruise, which includes a glass of sparkling wine and a traditional three-course meal.

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Christmas Day trips beyond London

Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich with Christmas 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, filled with historic spots, maritime neighbourhoods and natural wonders in south-east England. Attend the Christmas Sung Eucharist service in Canterbury Cathedral, see the famous White Cliffs of Dover and indulge in a scrumptious Christmas lunch. Read More

Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon with traditional Christmas 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. Savour a three-course lunch after seeing the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, wander through quaint towns, and explore unspoilt alleys in Oxford. Uncover the history behind those spots and enjoy the tranquility of Christmas Day. Read More

Discover more Christmas tours in London with our pick of the best Christmas Eve tours the capital has to offer. Make more unforgettable memories this festive season by browsing London's Christmas markets, discovering top shopping districts and having a blast at one of 101 best Christmas attractions.