Christmas in London 2017

Sparkling Christmas lights, mulled wine and mince pies; it certainly is the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas in London is a truly magical experience, with so many great activities and events to enjoy across the whole festive period. As there’s so much Christmas cheer, it’s hard to pick and choose where to spend your time in London this season. However, The Original Tour is here with the ultimate guide of how you can enjoy Christmas in London 2017.

The Original Tour- Christmas Lights

Date: 7th December- 30th December (excluding 24th & 25th)

If you really want to appreciate just how beautiful London is at Christmas, then hop-on our Christmas Lights bus tour. Two tours will depart from Leicester Square every evening, one at 6:30 PM and the other at 8:30 PM. Our 45-minute festive open-top bus tour will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit! Enjoy our on board live guide, who will tell you all about the history of Christmas and our weird and wonderful traditions. The bus route will take you past London’s Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square, to the dazzling lights of Piccadilly Circus and the world-famous Regent Street. If you want to experience our Christmas Lights bus tour,  book your tickets now so you don’t miss out!


Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Date: 17th November 2017 - 1st January 2018 (excluding 25th December)

If you’re visiting London over the Christmas period then you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas markets. However, if you’re looking for the real the deal- the ultimate Christmas extravaganza- then head to Hyde Park. Every year it transforms into the most magical Winter Wonderland. Open from 10:00 AM -10:00 PM, this Christmas-lovers dream offers something for everyone. It’s home to the biggest pop-up ice-skating rink in the UK and welcomes people of all ages. Enjoy Zippos Christmas Circus, which is full of colour, comedy and breath-taking acrobatics that will leave you wide-eyed and open-mouthed. Of course, there’s also the array of fairground rides, street food stalls, cosy bars and live music to appreciate. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is truly a world-famous spectacle that you cannot miss. Book your tickets today!


Covent Garden Christmas Lights

Date: 14th November 2017- 5th January 2018

It doesn’t get more picturesque than Covent Garden at Christmas time. Join Pudsey bear and the cast the hit West-End Musical 42nd Street as they light-up Covent Garden’s cobbled Piazza on 14th November 2017. Home to a grand-looking Christmas tree and more than 115,000 sparkling lights, a trip to Covent Garden will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! Admire the lights and pay a visit to the artisan Christmas pop-up shop, Noel. Located on Floral Street, it’s the perfect place to pick up Christmas gifts and handmade cards.

Covent Garden Christmas 2017

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum and Somerset House

Date: Natural History Museum 26th October 2017- 7th January 2018, Somerset House 15th November 2017- 14th January 2018

There’s plenty of choices if you fancy putting on a pair of ice-skates this Christmas. While Hyde Park’s skating rink is the biggest, there are other contenders! The Natural History Museum offers the perfect backdrop for a skate and a mate date. Surrounded by frosted trees, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows, you can put your skating talent to the test and then warm yourself up in the Cafe Bar. Book your ice-skating slot at the Natural History Museum before you visit to avoid disappointment.

Hailed as London’s most beautiful ice-skating venue, Somerset House is the perfect festive treat. With its 18th Century charm, this stunning location is easily transformed into a Christmasy retreat. New in 2017 is Skate Lates, which give visitors the chance to skate to a specially curated programme of music over the Christmas period. For more information about the Skate Lates lineup, click here. Or to book tickets, click here.

Cinderella at Hackney Empire

Date: 18th November- 31st December 2017

He’s behind you! Yes, it’s the time of the year when everybody loves a good pantomime. There’s plenty of on-stage delights in London this year, from Peter Pan at SSE Wembley Arena to Aladdin at Richmond Theatre. Here at The Original Tour, Cinderella is our favourite! Watch Cinderella fall in love with Prince Charming and escape the clutches of her two ugly stepsisters with the help of her magical Fairy Godmother! There’s nothing quite like the old pantomime classics to get you into the Christmas spirit. Book your tickets to see Cinderella- an event for the whole family to enjoy.

Under the Christmas Tree at Kensington Palace

Date: 3rd, 10th &17th December 2017

Enjoy festive fun for all the family at Kensington Palace this Christmas. Learn all about the Victorian era as the storytellers transport you back in time to experience Christmas with Queen Victoria herself. Take a look at the type of toys that children might have asked Father Christmas for, or try your hand at making your own Christmas decorations! There are plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained at Kensington Palace so be sure to book your tickets in advance!

Kensington Palace Gardens


Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea

Date: Various

Christmas is a time of indulgence. Well, that’s what we like to tell ourselves when there's cake on offer! There’s no shortage of places to savour afternoon tea in London and over the festive season, many places add a touch more magic to the experience. Enjoy the Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Hotel, just down the road from Hyde Park. Tea at the Town House offers an alternative experience, as they transform their usual Beauty and the Beast themed spread into a sugar-filled masterpiece. Check out The Original Tour’s recommended places for afternoon treats in The Best Afternoon Tea in London guide! 

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Date: 22nd November 2017- 1st January 2018

Step into a world of fairytales and fantasy when you visit Kew Gardens this Christmas. On the 22nd of November Kew Gardens will officially light up for Christmas, but this isn’t your ordinary light switch-on! Follow a twinkling light trail through the enchanting gardens, where you’ll come across giant baubles, singing trees and a spell-binding fire garden. See The Palm House like you’ve never seen it before, as it dazzles and delights with a show of laser beams and kaleidoscopic lights. Children can meet Santa and his elves at the North Pole Village and enjoy a ride on the vintage carousel. There’s also mulled wine, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows on offer. What could be better on a brisk winter's day? Make sure you don’t miss out on the magic and click here to book tickets. 

Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom

Date: 25th October 2017- 7th January 2018

Located in Borough, South London, Backyard Cinema brings you the ultimate film experience. This Christmas you’re all invited to the mesmerizing Snow Kingdom; a land of ice caves, frozen lakes and a glistening castle. Take shelter at the cosiest cinema for miles around! Snuggle up under a nice warm blanket and enjoy a Christmas classic. There are lots of festive favourites screening this year, from Elf to Home Alone. So book yourself a seat and don’t get left outside in the cold!

Backyard Cinema

A trip to London will certainly get you into the festive spirit. So, make sure you don't miss out on the magic this season! If we don't see you on one of our bus tours, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas!