Avoid the crowds while enjoying the magic of London at Christmas time

A special treat for the festive season, 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 sparkle as our tour takes you past London'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.

Spirit of Christmas on Regent Street

Useful Information

Break up your Christmas shopping, get in the festive mood or simply relax after a day at work beneath London’s beautiful Christmas lights.

Avoid the crowds while still enjoying the magical atmosphere of central London at Christmas time.

What Christmas lights will I see?

Our Christmas bus tour takes you past some of the best Christmas lights in London. Popular locations include:

- Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree (please note it will be switched on from 5th December)
- Regent Street Lights
- Piccadilly Circus Lights
- Oxford Circus Lights (please note they will be switched on from 21st November)
- Hamley’s shop windows

Taking a different route to our normal daytime tours, the Christmas Lights Bus Tour is the perfect end to your day in London. Enjoy amazing views of the capital from the top-deck as you listen to fascinating live commentary. Learn about British Christmas customs, including: why do the British set their Christmas pudding on fire? Why is the 26th of December called Boxing Day? And other weird and wonderful traditions. Great for kids!

London is not known for warm December nights, so make sure you wrap up in your winter woollies. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive at least 10 minutes before to collect your tickets and find a seat. This is a non-stop panoramic tour, so you will not be able to hop-on and off.

To join us and see London’s Christmas lights, simply book your tickets online, and we will send you an email voucher. Just take your ID and email confirmation voucher with you, (either on mobile or printed), and show it to a member of staff at the Coventry Street bus stop. Collect your ticket and begin your tour.

Departure Point:  Yellow Route Stop 5. This is our Coventry Street bus stop in Leicester Square, opposite the M&Ms store.

Departure Time: Please note that your tickets are date and time-specific. Don’t forget to check the date and time before booking as tickets are non-exchangeable once purchased.

Tour Duration: 45 minutes

Children under 5 years old: Children under the age of 5 are able to travel free on this tour, one child per paying adult.
Please note that they will need to be sat on a guardians lap and will not get their own seat unless a child's ticket is purchased.

Our 45-minute Christmas lights bus tour will run daily from 2nd December until 30th December.

Please check tour times by using the booking tool above by selecting your tickets which will take you through to the availability.

This tour will not run on Christmas Eve (24th December 2019) or Christmas Day (25th December 2019). But, we do have a different Christmas Day tour which you can book here.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

  • We can’t guarantee a seat undercover all seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Remember to bring ID to validate your ticket. You may also be asked to show your ID if you look under 18.

  • This voucher is non-exchangeable and only valid for the date and time you choose for the Christmas Lights Bus Tour. This voucher is not valid for The Original Tour's hop-on hop-off bus tours.

  • Children under the age of 5 are able to travel free on this tour, one child per paying adult. However please note that they will need to be sat on a guardians lap and will not get their own seat unless a child's ticket is purchased.

  • Bookings / Amendments - All sales are final & are non refundable. In the event that you need to change the date or time of your booking, please contact our Customer Service team. Changes can be made up until 2 weeks before departure date subject to an admin fee of £10 per booking.

London's Christmas Lights Tour

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