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

By Viator, December 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Kick-start the holiday season in style and see London’s Christmas lights on a private, 2.5-hour black taxi tour! Traveling in an iconic black London cab, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $303.86
Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

See London at its most magical on a 3-hour Christmas lights tour by bike! Under the watchful eye of a local guide, pedal around some of London’s top ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.75
Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London, London, Christmas
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Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London

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Get in the holiday spirit, London-style! This seasonal tour will warm the hearts of even the staunchest Scrooge! Check out the city’s festive Christmas markets ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.42
Brugge Christmas Market Tour from London, London, Christmas
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Brugge Christmas Market Tour from London

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Visit the Christmas markets of Brugge and get in the holiday spirit on this festive day-trip from London. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $83.73
Edinburgh at New Year's 4-Day Tour from London, London, Christmas
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Edinburgh at New Year's 4-Day Tour from London

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Ring in the New Year at the biggest street party in Europe in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. This 4 day tour includes return coach travel from London, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $387.59
Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Bath with Christmas Lunch, London, New Years
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Bath with Christmas Lunch

Experience the history of England from prehistoric times to the present on Christmas Day. Visit Royal Windsor for a guided walking tour of the old market town. ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.85
Open-Top Vintage Bus Tour of London and Christmas Lunch Cruise, London, Christmas
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Open-Top Vintage Bus Tour of London and Christmas Lunch Cruise

What better time to enjoy London's landmarks than on Christmas Day, from the combined vantage points of an open top bus and a cruise boat on the River Thames! ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $217.43
Boxing Day in Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath Including Lunch, London, Christmas
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Boxing Day in Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath Including Lunch

Visit 3 of England's iconic destinations in one day, starting with a guided walking tour in Royal Windsor. The tour includes lunch in an traditional English ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.74
Christmas Day in London on a Vintage Bus, London, Christmas
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Christmas Day in London on a Vintage Bus

Why share London with all the other travelers? See the best of London's iconic landmarks on Christmas Day when the streets are empty and virtually traffic ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.67
Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds, London, Christmas
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Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

Spend Christmas Day in the English countryside! Take this special Christmas tour from London and see the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, Oxford and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $151.25

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