Christmas Day Christmas Lights Open Top Bus Tour

Take your seats on an open top bus on Christmas Day after dark and see London’s famous landmarks.  Enjoy this panoramic tour of the city and take in the sparkling lights and many decorations.  See the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, with iconic Nelson’s Column in the centre and Piccadilly Circus.  Take in towering Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the top deck of the bus – the famous clock will be illuminated brilliantly against the darkness.

from £35.00

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Tour Highlights

  • 1 hour 45 minute panoramic open top night time tour of London
  • See Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge
  • Drive through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly
  • Live English speaking guide or multi-lingual audio guide system
  • Audio guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Russian
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Tour Schedule

Experience London by Night on Christmas Day

Celebrate Christmas in the capital with a London by Night open top bus tour on Christmas Day!  You’ll see some of London’s most well-loved landmarks during this panoramic tour, sparkling brightly with festive cheer, and pass through some of the most historic areas of the city.  As London pulls out all the stops for the Christmas season, there’s no better day to see the capital!

The Sights

Wrap up warm, climb aboard and join us for a stunning sightseeing tour of London as night falls on Christmas Day.  Your tour will take you through historic Trafalgar Square, with iconic Nelson’s Column in the centre, and dazzling Piccadilly Circus.  Take in towering Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the top deck of the bus – the famous clock will be illuminated brilliantly against the darkness.

The Tower of London is a formidable fortress that looks menacing at any time of year.  You’ll pass the Tower’s location on the River Thames, where the medieval building has stood for nearly 1000 years.  Outside Buckingham Palace, you’ll see the Queen’s official London residence lit up behind vast gates – unfortunately you won’t be able to peek through the windows to see the Royals tucking into Christmas dinner!  Our route also takes us past the sleek London Eye, its LED lights reflecting in the river below.  You’ll cruise through London’s financial district and see a number of glossy skyscrapers stretching up from the street below.

Make your merry Christmas Day in London an experience to remember with an open top bus tour – it’s an idyllic way to spend some of this special day in the city!

Important Information

  • You cannot hop on and hop off on this tour.
  • Please select the time of departure

Departure details

Day of Departure: Monday 25 December

19.00pm Tour
Check-in: 18:45pm
Departure: 19:00pm
Return: 20:45pm approx.

20.00pm Tour
Check-in: 19:45pm
Departure: 20:00pm
Return: 21:45pm approx.

Departure Point: Visitor Centre 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH
Return Point: Visitor Centre 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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