If you are celebrating the holidays in London this year and you’re wondering how best to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (the British public holiday after Christmas), then look no further. We’ve hand-picked a great selection of tours to keep you busy during your London stay. Take full advantage of this quiet period to travel out to Canterbury, Stonehenge or simply take a relaxing cruise along the Thames. All tours on the big day include a traditional British Christmas Lunch. Don’t get stuck not knowing what’s open or what to do by booking a Christmas tour in advance. But hurry … they fill up fast!
Christmas Eve London Tours & Day Trips
Christmas in London with Santa
The night that Santa visits who better to guide you round the bright lights of Oxford and Regent’s Street than the big man himself? Yep, Old Nic will be taking a break from delivering presents to show you Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster and the Thames lit up London style. Wish everyone a Happy Christmas by raising a glass of mulled wine at a London pub to finish your tour.
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover
Described as one of the loveliest castles in the world, Leeds Castle offers an insight into British history, having been a Norman stronghold, a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon and a Georgian mansion. There are also 500 acres of parkland and gardens to explore. Afterwards enjoy a plate of good ole fish and chips in the historic city of Canterbury, then marvel at the famous White Cliffs of Dover before returning to London.
Warwick Castle, Stratford upon Avon & Oxford
Spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve day discovering the history and charm of England on this full day trip that begins at the 1,000 year old Warwick Castle. Battles, banquets and royal pomp unfold before your eyes as you tour the castle. Next stop is Stratford-upon-Avon, famous as the birthplace of Shakespeare, yet still a pretty market town to explore today. Enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful Cotswolds with it’s quaint villages with thatched cottages and inns on the way to Oxford, the iconic collegiate city with picture-perfect courtyards and tons of academic history and appeal.
Christmas Day London Tours & Day Trips
Christmas Panorama with Lunch on the Thames
Fancy dining on a boat this Christmas? Then look no further than this trip down the Thames. Spend your morning working up an appetite at famous sights such as Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and more, where you can enjoy a quieter London and take some photographs, before heading to the water.
Oxford, Stratford and The Cotswolds with Christmas Lunch
Pace the cobbled streets of Oxford, where such famous scholars such as Bill Clinton, J.R.R. Tolkien and CS Lewis have all been inspired by the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Then journey into the English countryside of the Cotswolds where dinky, thatched cottages that are traditional of this isle sit amongst rolling hills or ‘wolds’. Afterwards see Shakespeare’s birthplace decorated for Christmas and enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.
Rochester, Canterbury and Dover with Christmas Lunch
What could be more Christmassy than a visit to the home of Charles Dickens, author of ‘A Christmas Carol’? See the beautiful Rochester Castle and take a trip down the Victorian style High Street. Afterwards, attend a traditional Christmas Service with the Archbishop at Canterbury Cathedral and in the afternoon take in the sea air at the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
Boxing Day Trips from London
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath
Christmas like the Royal Family by heading to Windsor Castle, where the Queen and her family traditionally spend the festive period. Take a tour of the Castle and the city of Windsor, before heading on to marvel at Stonehenge. After lunch enjoy the stunning Georgian city of Bath, famed for its architecture and Roman Baths.