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London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

1. London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

Make it a memorable Christmas with a festive tour of London’s top attractions. Atop an open double-decker bus, you’ll have the best seats in the house for savoring panoramic views of the glowing streets. Watch the city light up when the sun goes down, and see how London does Christmas. Set off from the illuminated London Eye, and onto the iconic Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Marvel at the exquisite displays in Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. See one of the tallest Christmas trees in the city at Trafalgar Square. Hear about the fascinating history of the Tower of London as you cross the magical Tower Bridge. Cruise through the winding streets of London and feel dazzled by the merry décor. Take your pick between a live or audio guide to learn some jolly facts about each location.

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London: Tootbus Christmas Lights Tour

2. London: Tootbus Christmas Lights Tour

Hop aboard a bus for a holiday tour of London. See the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London on board a double-decker bus. Watch the city sparkle as you go past the capital's most famous Christmas light displays. Drive by Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and more. See these places in their sparkling Christmas attire. Listen to your guide tell stories of Christmas past and present. Put on your complementary Santa hat to get into the spirit. Share this special moment with your loved ones while listening to a knowledgeable local guide tell you all about London's most famous landmarks. Get in the mood with access to the Tootbus Christmas playlist.

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From London: Kent Countryside Christmas Service & Lunch

3. From London: Kent Countryside Christmas Service & Lunch

Travel through the stunning countryside of Kent on a guided bus tour to Canterbury Cathedral to attend the Christmas “Sung Eucharist” service. Savor a traditional Christmas lunch, view the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and visit Greenwich. Arrive at the Canterbury Cathedral, where you will attend the Christmas “Sung Eucharist” service – often graced by the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The line of succession from Augustine has seen 105 Archbishops uphold this prestigious title. After the church service, sit down and enjoy a festive traditional Christmas dinner. Soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy a hearty three-course lunch with an alcoholic beverage or soft drink. Next, continue for a photo stop by the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the gateway to England You’ll also catch a glimpse of Dover Castle, a key filming location for The Other Boleyn Girl. On your way back to London, drive past the historic London borough of Greenwich, famous for its maritime past. Admire outstanding example of 17th-century Baroque architecture including the stunning Old Royal Naval College.

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London: Spirit of London Christmas Eve Full–Day Tour

4. London: Spirit of London Christmas Eve Full–Day Tour

Join a whistle-stop tour of London’s famous monuments. Have your cameras ready for a photo stop at the spectacular Tower of London. Visit the Royal Parade ground and Buckingham Palace - an unforgettable experience! Stop for an optional 2–course lunch before a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. Uncover the history of the capital city, from the Great Fire in 1666 to the Blitz of 1940 to 41, as your tour takes you to the key locations where it all began. Drive through London's financial district, visit the iconic London landmark of St Paul’s Cathedral and witness Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Take to the water on a river Thames boat ride and travel along London's array of attractions.

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London: Christmas Party Lunch Cruise

5. London: Christmas Party Lunch Cruise

This is the perfect boat party to celebrate Christmas in style and get yourself well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Board at 12:45 PM and be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine as the boat departs Westminster and sets sail towards Canary Wharf. While enjoying your traditional 3-course lunch, take in the panoramic views of a selection of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Head to the upper deck to pose for photos with your friends as you admire the Tower of London, the London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge, and more. Your 3-course meal will consist of a delicious salmon and prawn starter, a traditional roast turkey main, with all the usual trimmings, topped off with a festive chocolate dessert.

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London: Christmas Party Dinner Cruise

6. London: Christmas Party Dinner Cruise

Board your boat for the evening at Westminster Pier and enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The boat departs Westminster and sets sail towards Canary Wharf, passing by a selection of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Pose for photos with your friends as you admire the Tower of London, the London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge, and more, lit up against the backdrop of the city. After some sightseeing it's time to head inside where a festive 3-course meal is served. Enjoy a tasty salmon starter and delicious roast turkey main, followed by an indulgent chocolate dessert. Dinner is accompanied by a half-bottle of wine per person, but you can keep the drinks flowing all night long at the onboard bar. Once you’re full up from dinner, get your dancing shoes on and dance the night away as the onboard DJ plays a selection of iconic Christmas hits as well as contemporary tracks. This is the perfect boat party to celebrate Christmas in style and get yourself well and truly into the Christmas spirit.

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London: Christmas Lights Tour in a Black Cab

7. London: Christmas Lights Tour in a Black Cab

Experience breathtaking views of London at night plus all the fun and excitement of the Christmas atmosphere. See the city's decorations beautifully illuminated and fantastic light displays in parts of the city on this 2.5-hour tour in an iconic black cab. Make numerous stops for photographs along the way. See many of London's major buildings illuminated after dark as well. Stop off at Winter Wonderland, where you can sit down with a hot drink and some chestnuts, take the kids to visit Father Christmas, or even do some late-night shopping. Alternatively, your driver can drop you off at any of the markets or at your hotel.

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London: Christmas Lights Taxi Tour

8. London: Christmas Lights Taxi Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit on this taxi tour that takes you to see the Christmas lights of London. Enjoy complimentary water, biscuits, and mince pies as you sightsee from the comfort of a warm and private London Taxi. Welcome to one of the most festive and family-friendly holiday tours in London. Get picked up by your professional driver-guide in London, then sit back and get cozy as you set out to see the sights. Winding through the streets of London, your driver-guide will not only show you the festive lights and decorations, but will also point out attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and more. To get the most out of your experience, enjoy plenty of stops to take the best photos at major sights. This Christmas tour has it all, for the young, old, and everyone in between.

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London: Christmas Eve Illuminations of London Bus Tour

9. London: Christmas Eve Illuminations of London Bus Tour

Embark on a festive panoramic bus tour around London and admire the magical holiday light displays on Christmas Eve. See the main sights of London beautifully lit up, enjoy live commentary by a professional guide, and receive a Christmas gift. Travel to the most distinguished and vibrant areas of this world-renowned capital, including Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and the financial district of the city.  Cruise past eminent structures and iconic attractions such as the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, the inimitable Buckingham Palace, formidable Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Become enchanted by the lights illuminating the most striking landmarks of the city as dusk falls and discover the extraordinary allure of London as darkness falls on Christmas eve.

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London: Private Walking Tour to Best Christmas Sites

10. London: Private Walking Tour to Best Christmas Sites

Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private 3-hour sightseeing walking tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel. Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. You will begin by visiting the famous Leicester Square Christmas Market, to take in the sparkling lights and explore the crafts and wares on sale for some Christmas present ideas.  Walk through the streets of Covent Garden's 'Seven Dials' an incredible network of beautiful shopping streets with incredible lights before stopping by the famous Covent Garden Market with it's a gorgeous misletoe chandeliers.  Crossing Waterloo Bridge, you can pause to take in one of the best views in London and then delve into Borough Market, a bustling hub of sights and smells of delicious foods. You will then head to Tower Bridge for a quick overview of the interesting history of this landmark. The final stop is Winter Wonderland, a large Christmas entertainment park with plenty of mulled wine, amusement rides, and festivity. The perfect tour to get you in the Christmas mood. 

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What people are saying about London

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 148 reviews

The tour was great fun with the right amount of time spent on the bus. The roads travelled were busy but not a negative as it gave everyone on board a chance to enjoy the lights and the buzz of London.

A very good experience!!! We really liked the atmosphere. All our expectations come true. It was a successful and colorful day! Thank you!

Tour was really good. Guide had good knowledge of the route and some interesting historical information.

My girlfriend and I had a fantastic Christmas experience 10/10

beautiful Christmas lights around london and worth the price