You may not want to spend every waking hour in London doing festive things - there are so many other great things to see, and we have pulled together a selection of the best tours in London. Some are on foot, some are by bus, and some by boat - the choice is yours.
Harry Potter will be forever associated with London since so many locations have been used both in the books and movies. On this tour you can literally walk into the real Diagon Alley and Platform 9 and 3/4, as your expert guide walks you around the sights of J K Rowling's fictional world.
Ever wondered where the entrance to the Ministry of Magic might be? Click for more info
The London Eye is now a truly iconic sight on the skyline of London, already seen in many tv shows and movies, and a 'flight' on the Eye gives you unbeatable 360 degree views of London - from the Houses of parliament just across the River to St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and beyond.
If that wasn't incredible enough, you can follow this up with a cruise down the River Thames. Click for more info
This spectacular tour is a 'must do' for any visit to London, and particularly magical at Christmas. It starts with a private tour of the Tower of London and takes in all the great sights and sounds London over a full day, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, and a boat cruise on the River Thames.
You can also upgrade your tour to include a sumptuous afternoon tea at Harrods or a trip on the fabulous London Eye. Click for more info
There are two great rock tours of London, one in the morning and the other during the afternoon. The morning tour includes Pink Floyd's studio, famous sites for Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and The Clash sites.
If you're a fan of The Beatles you can see Ringo's home in Hampstead as well as Abbey Road, and much more. The afternoon rock tour takes in just as amazing places including sites connected with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Click for more info
Your personal group guide leads you on a discovery tour through London's music and fashion scenes, taking in famous districts such as fashionable Mayfair, eccentric Soho, and the cool culture of the Southbank before enjoying a cruise on the River Thames. Click for more info
A private tour is the best and fastest way to see all the sights on your list, and your driver's knowledge of the streets means that you won't be stuck in the Christmas traffic as they weave through back streets and short-cuts on your tour, only ducking on to the main streets to take a look at London's incredible Christmas lights. Black cab drivers know all the historic places, museums, galleries, palaces, shops and christmas markets.. Click for more info
Wrap up warm, since London can be chilly at Christmas, and the ghosts don't make it any warmer! Click for more info
For a full list of tours in London, click here.
A Traditional Christmas Party
Christmas is my favourite time of year. From buying gifts to baking Christmas goodies, this is the time that I wait patiently for all year long. When October rolls around, I begin planning what is known as the party of the year
by Olivia Nicholas
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The first artificial christmas trees were made from goose feathers, and then painted green. Today artificial christmas trees are available in a myriad of colours including white, silver and gold - and can be made from pretty much anything from cardboard to real gold.