Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 2 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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 and cobbled streets, snap some epic evening shots on the River Thames, then enjoy a cup of mulled wine or cider — sipped in none other than Dickens’ favourite pub, of course.

Your 2-hour London Christmas tour will start in Covent Garden, where you’ll explore its market and famous historic sites along its cobblestone streets. Follow a route that only locals know how to navigate, and along the way, see sites such as the world-famous holiday lights and markets in Leicester and Trafalgar squares.

As you wander, your guide shares a few Christmas stories, such as the story behind the “true” Santa Claus, and how and why he has become such a defining Christmas figure in modern Western society. You’ll also hear some of the funny history behind Victorian Christmases, and learn about one of the most famous English Christmas characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the writer who brought him to life, Charles Dickens.

This tour will also stop for a short break at one of Dickens’ favorite pubs where you can indulge in a classic Christmas snack of mulled wine or cider (or a non-alcoholic beverage if you choose) and an authentic fruit-mince pie.

With warm bellies and rosy cheeks, head across the River Thames where there are some amazing photo opportunities for snapping Big Ben and the London Eye at night.

Finish the tour at the River Side Christmas Market where you’ll have the option to indulge in more tasty treats on your own, or to make your way to one of the numerous nearby restaurants and pubs for dinner. If you’re not sure where to go, your local guide can give you some suggestions.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One drink (a mulled wine OR mulled cider OR alcohol-free drink option)
  • A traditional fruit mince pie

  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please dress in comfortable clothing and with a warm coat (plus hat, gloves or mittens, and a scarf if it’s particularly cold out).
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour.
Departure Point

Covent Garden Underground, Long Acre, Charing Cross, London WC2E 9JT, UK

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Marcella A

27 Dec, 2019

This was a great walking tour around Covent Gardens that gives you some history about Christmas in London. Our guide, Harley, was great. He was born and raised in London, so in addition to the information from the tour, he also had great insights about what to do and see in and around London. It is about 2 hours walking with a stop midway for mulled wine and fruit mince pie(delicious!!). Our 8 year old also enjoyed the tour,but not sure kids much younger than that would enjoy it or could handle all the walking.


23 Dec, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Harley. I was a bit amazed at just how many of London's Christmas markets we had a chance to visit without it being an overly tiring walk. Harley also made a point of showing us a few out-of-the-way, quieter spots that can be found in the city, which I really appreciated. I loved the pub we stopped in for our mulled wine and minced pie, both of which were excellent. Add in the discussion of how the Christmas traditions developed over time, and in London specifically, and this was definitely money and time well spent.

Ed T

11 Dec, 2018

We throughly enjoyed the lights tour, our guide was excellent, he had many great stories of London. I would highly recommend this tour.

bridget a

01 Mar, 2018

This was a great walking tour! We learned about the history of Christmas traditions throughout the tour, walked through markets and through quaint and quiet parts of town and concluded the tour with mulled wine. Tour guide was wonderful and extremely personable. Highly recommend!


22 Dec, 2017

We had a great time! Thank you!

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