The Original Tour - Christmas Lights
A special open-top bus tour for the festive season - capture the magic of Christmas and the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London with The Original Tour double decker buses.
This 45-minute tour departures at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 17th November and daily from 6th December, sit back and relax as our tour takes you to London's sparkling spots including Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, whilst our live guide entertains with stories of Christmas past and present.
With the bonus of a complimentary Santa hat on board, as well as a glass of Mulled Wine (or a non-alcoholic alternative) available from Planet Hollywood included with every ticket.
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The perfect way to get you in the festive mood, break up your Christmas shopping or simply to relax after a day at work, our double-decker open-top bus gets right up close to the famous lights adorning London's iconic streets. The views really are stunning… and perfect for that Christmassy selfie!
Taking a different route to our normal hop-on hop-off bus tours, the Christmas Lights Tour is also the perfect end to the day if you’re visiting London. And with a live guide on-board during the tour, learn about British Christmas customs such as why we set our Christmas pudding on fire, why the 26th December is Boxing Day and other weird and wonderful traditions!
This 45 minute tour departs every evening from Leicester Square (next to the M&Ms store) and takes you past Trafalgar Square and its huge Christmas tree, then goes by the dazzling lights of Piccadilly Circus before going past the glittering window displays and the world-famous Christmas lights of Regent Street.
Launching on 17th November 2018 (Thursday - Sunday until 6th December when tours run daily) and running until 29th December 2018*, the tour departs at the following times:
Day Departure times Monday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Tuesday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Wednesday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Thursday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Friday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Saturday 17:30 18:30 19:30 Sunday 17:30 18:30 18.30
*Please note that this tour will not run on Christmas Eve (24th December 2018) or Christmas Day (25th December 2018)
Plan your trip
Once purchased online, vouchers will be delivered directly by email and can either be printed or downloaded to your mobile phone.
Your tickets are date and time specific. Please ensure you check before booking as tickets are non-exchangeable once purchased.
This tour is a panoramic tour and does not allow passengers to hop-on hop-off along the route.
- The Christmas Lights Tour departs from the Coventry St bus stop (stop no 17) across from the M&Ms store on Leicester Square.
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
- Seats are unallocated and on a first-come first-served basis.
- Remember to wrap up warm – London is not known for warm December nights!
- Free WiFi on-board the bus so you can share your Christmassy snaps with friends and family.
See the best of London’s Christmas lights
- Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
- Regent Street Lights
- Piccadilly Circus Lights
- Oxford Circus Lights
- Hamley’s shop windows
Avoid the crowds whilst still enjoying the atmosphere of central London at Christmas time
Learn about Christmas past and present, and get an insight into quirky British traditions from the history of the pantomime to the time when Christmas was cancelled!
Amazing views of the capital from the top-deck
Fascinating and entertaining live guided commentary in English
Children: 5-15 years
Family: 2 adults and 2 children
Children under 5 years travel for free, sitting on a lap
Interested in an exclusive private hire Christmas Lights Tour?
A great choice for your office Christmas party or gathering your family and friends for some festive fun!
Private hire is available for:
- £17.50 per person - includes a Santa Hat
- £25.00 per person - includes a mini bottle of bubbly and a Santa Hat
There is a minimum hire fee of £695.
Please email email@example.com or call +44 (0)208 877 2120 to speak to our dedicated Private Hire bookings team.