London Christmas Walks and Activities 2020

Christmas and New Year is a truly special time of the year in London. This holiday season, even hit by Coronavirus and lockdowns, London Walks is providing you with tons of entertainment whether from the comfort of your own home or in-person on a walking tour.

Even though 2020’s agenda may be a little different as Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has been cancelled, London is renowned to pull out all of the stops to create a merry atmosphere. From Christmas lights to strolling along the city streets of the Southbank Centre’s Christmas markets with a mulled wine (or hot chocolate!) in hand and ice skating at Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Come with us to discover all the festive season secrets and stories London has to offer.

Virtual Tours

Get into the Christmas spirit and discover all things Christmassy that London has to offer without leaving your home with our special Virtual Tours. These tours are live on zoom, with your guide taking through London’s streets and alleyways. Some say the quality of the Virtual Tours is on par, if not better as the outside, live tours as you can cover more ground and see things in more details.

London Lights, Christmas in the Capital – Virtual Tour

Though we don’t know how Christmas may look this year due to Covid, come and ‘Fly’ virtually through the Streets of London. Discover London’s winter pop-up installations such as Santa and his reindeer (in LEGO!), pucker up under Covent Garden’s giant Mistletoe and larger than life baubles. Let us take you on a virtual experience to relive Christmases past in all their festive glory; a wonderful online tour of the capital at its seasonal best from the comfort of your own home.


The London of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol – Virtual Tour

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol lies at the heart of the festive season; reinvented and celebrated down through the years. This virtual tour explores the heart of this enduring story in its original setting, the old City of London in Victorian times. Here, where Dickens himself explored and studied every nook and corner, so too Ebenezer Scrooge walked from his counting-house to his melancholy tavern and even more dismal lodgings. From Bob Cratchit’s icy slide on Cornhill, to the City churches ringing out their peals on Christmas morning – “Golden sun-light; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells” – it is all here for discovery and delight.


Sherlock Holmes & Conan Doyle at Christmas – Virtual Tour

Find out how Arthur Conan Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes story, and his own experiences of London at Christmas, including his very first visit in 1874. An affectionate Yuletide offering from the glory days of the Great Detective and his creator. ‘Compliments of the Season!’


Christmas in the Capital – Virtual Tour

Deck the halls, munch on a mince pie & make merry over a glass of mulled wine as we bring you glad tidings of joy from London!

From the lights and Christmas window displays of Oxford Street to the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, we take a snow-capped sleigh ride through Christmases in London past and present. Uncover the convention of Christmas shows such as the pantomime and the original ‘Grinch’ who tried to steal Christmas.

The tour will be sprinkled with Simon’s seasonal mix of festive facts, fun & frolics to take us into a healthier and happier 2021!


Last Christmas London Music Special – Virtual Tour

A music special where you will hear of the tales of Christmas music through the ages, a musical tour of Christmas featuring locations of the movie Last Christmas, inspired by the music of George Michael. But that’s not all, we will also take you through the musical history of the West End!

Brought to you by our very own music specialist and entertainer Adam, expect some live music and even maybe a little sing along!

PS. Bring your own bottle…


Christmas Shopping in London – Virtual Tour

Photo by Jason Alden

If your annual Christmas shopping trip to London is not possible this year, do not despair! You can still see the capital’s much-loved department stores with us. From the gleaming marble halls of Selfridges to the more traditional, quintessentially English atmosphere of Libertys… Not to mention the world-famous Harrods!

Come and enjoy some festive spirit as we delve into Fortnum and Masons seasonal hampers and feast our eyes on all sorts of tempting treats from chocolate mince pies to Lucifer’s Ginger and Chilli Biscuits (perfect with a hunk of Wensleydale!).


Walking Tours

We usually put on a fantastic array of Christmas specials during the run up and including Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. This year, we have to play it by ear with the regulations around social distancing. Be sure to reserve your place online as we will likely have a limited amount of space on each walk.

London Christmas Lights Photography Tour

In this 3 hour walking tour special, David, a professional photographer will guide you through London’s majestic Christmas lights displays including Regent Street, Piccadilly, Soho, the Strand and some of the stunning landmarks of central London.

This tour is for complete beginners to experienced photographers who will enjoy being taken on this winter walk for the best angles of London’s luminous landmarks.


Other Activities

Looking for other activities to do in London? Though the events calendar may look a little different than last year due to the pandemic, here are a few of our suggestions:


Private Tours

Want to organise a fun team social and don’t know what your company Christmas Party is going to look like whilst social distancing? Why not book one of our Virtual Tours and we can organise the time and date to suit you. Bring your team or family together with one of our Christmas specials tour, just ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you.