London's top Christmas Eve tours

A photo of the Windsor Castle and the Long Walk covered in snow.
Windsor Castle in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Fill Christmas Eve with adventure, festivities and plenty of magic as you discover London and beyond with one of these top tours and day trips.
Last year, the below activities were some of the top Christmas Eve London tours and day trips – check back later in the year for confirmed details of the best Christmas Eve events in 2020

Bus 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 illuminated sights and savouring a sumptuous three-course dinner, before attending the Midnight Mass held at iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields church. Read More

Open-top bus Christmas lights tour

Regent Street Christmas lights. Image courtesy of TCS UK.

Experience London glowing with twinkling lights as you catch a festive glimpse of some of the city's most famous landmarks. Sit back and get ready to take photos from the top deck, as you learn plenty of history on this London Christmas Eve tour.

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London Christmas Eve illuminations tour

Harrods lit up at night. Image courtesy of Buchet

Marvel at the glimmering streets of central London, as the city slows down in preparation for Christmas Day. Witness London's landmarks and monuments dressed in their winter coat, during an enchanting journey around Britain's capital.

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The Total London Experience

Horse Guards Parade. Image

See London from all angles this Christmas Eve. Feel like a royal as you see the striking Horse Guards Parade at Buckingham Palace, before cruising along the river Thames. End the day taking in London's panoramic views from one of London's best viewing spots: the 135m-tall (442ft) London Eye.

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The Spirit of London tour with lunch

Tower Bridge at night. Copyright: iStock images. Image courtesy of iStock images.
Spot famous monuments and historic buildings on this daytime Christmas Eve tour taking in St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and more. Get ready to snap away, indulge in festive food, cruise the Thames and experience London's magical seasonal atmosphere. Read More

Christmas Eve day trips beyond London

Windsor Castle and Stonehenge with lunch

Stonehenge in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Follow in the footsteps of the royals and ancestors this Christmas Eve. Stumble upon treasures, such as Queen Mary's Dolls' House, explore Windsor Castle, and attempt to uncover the mystery of Stonehenge.

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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich with 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 last-minute Christmas shopping in charming Canterbury and gaze at the magnificent White Cliffs of Dover.

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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle and gardens. Image courtesy of Getty Images / iStockphoto.
Be transported back in time and walk the streets of towns William Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis once called home. Take a chance at mastering the sword at Warwick Castle, discover pretty chocolate-box villages and soak up the history of Oxford. Read More

Simply Stonehenge morning tour

Spend Christmas Eve morning admiring this untouched natural phenomenon. 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

Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge tour with lunch

Panorama of the city of Bath in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Enjoy more seasonal spirit as you travel to some of Britain's most famous places this Christmas Eve. Explore the likes of St George's Chapel, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding venue, before learning about the history of Bath's ancient Roman Baths. Read More

Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge tour with lunch

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. Read More

Windsor Castle, City of Bath and Stonehenge tour with lunch

Windsor Castle and grounds. Image courtesy of Shutterstock / sloukam.
Turn this Christmas Eve into a day-long exploration of Britain's enchanting historic sites. Walk around the rooms of Windsor Castle, witness the monolithic rocks of Stonehenge and go back to the 18th century with Georgian grandeur in Bath. Read More
Find more ways to spend Christmas in London with our pick of the top Christmas Day tours, markets, and ice rinks. In need of more ideas? Have a look at 101 things to do this Christmas.