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Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in London

Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in London

With twinkling lights adorning the streets, festive revelry, and the heady scent of hot mulled wine in the air, Christmas and New Year's Eve are magical times to visit London. Here are just a few ways to experience London's holiday season.

See the City Illuminated

London's Christmas lights, which famously illuminate Bond Street, Regent Street, and Oxford Circus each year, attract visitors from around the world keen to spend the holiday season in the British capital. During the festive period, London visitors can also admire top attractions such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey illuminated against the wintry skies.

Go Shopping

London is famous for its shopping opportunities all year round, but the holidays bring a whole new feel to the retail experience. Shop till you drop in the chic boutiques of Mayfair, browse for bargains in the stylish stalls of Camden, and make the most of the holiday season with a little retail therapy just about anywhere in the city.

See Fireworks on a New Year's Eve River Cruise

With the famous towers of Westminster as a backdrop, London's New Year's fireworks display is among the most impressive in the world. The crowds can be a challenge, so take to the Thames River on a New Year's Eve cruise, and relax in style as the fireworks explode across the night sky. 

Head Out of the City for Christmas

If the hustle and bustle of the London streets get to be too much, escape to the surrounding countryside and see another side of English life. Tours run to diverse destinations including historic Bath, Salisbury, and UNESCO World Heritage–listed Stonehenge.

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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights

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See London’s Christmas lights in style on this private tour by black cab. Cruise past top London sights and jump out for a stroll down the city's bustling shopping streets. Marvel at glitzy illuminations, twinkling lights, and extravagantly decorated shop windows in upmarket neighborhoods such as Belgravia and Chelsea, and see the iconic Oxford Street Christmas light displays. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Brugge Christmas Market Tour from London

Brugge Christmas Market Tour from London

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Europe’s atmospheric Christmas markets draw visitors from all over the world during the festive season, but this means it’s also one of the most expensive times to stay on the continent. Instead, opt for a full-day tour of Bruges' Christmas markets from London, and get in the holiday spirit as you shop for gifts, feast on festive treats, or hit the ice rink. Eurostar or ferry tickets and round-trip transport are included.
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  • 1 day
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The Original Tour London: Christmas Lights Experience

The Original Tour London: Christmas Lights Experience

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Capture the magic of the city on a London Christmas lights bus tour. See the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London on board The Original Tour’s double-decker buses. Sit back, relax and watch the city sparkling as our tour takes you past the capital's famous Christmas lights. See Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and more while our live guide entertains you with stories of Christmas past and present. Each ticket includes a complimentary Santa hat on board to get you into the Christmas spirit.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.87
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Boxing Day Tour from London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath and Lacock Including Lunch

Boxing Day Tour from London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath and Lacock Including Lunch

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Make Boxing Day extra special on this full-day tour of Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Lacock from London. On December 26, travel by air-conditioned coach to see Windsor Castle, the picturebook medieval castle in Windsor still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Next, visit spectacular, prehistoric UNESCO-listed Stonehenge and enjoy an English pub lunch, before continuing to 13th-century Lacock. Admire this quintessential English village, and then finish with a coach and walking tour of handsome, Georgian-era city of Bath to see top attractions including the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Christmas Special: Westminster Abbey Guided Tour & Magical Christmas Lights

Christmas Special: Westminster Abbey Guided Tour & Magical Christmas Lights

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Treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey, then board a luxury coach to see the Christmas lights of London. Set in a private room in the Cellarium Café and Terrace at Westminster Abbey, the afternoon tea is complete with turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches, gingerbread, mince pies, Christmas cake, and more. With your appetite sated, you’ll then board a coach to see the twinkling lights of London and the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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