Gift yourself a Christmas Cruise this December

We’ve all seen that advert by now, which can mean only one thing: Christmas is well and truly here. And with it comes a bevy of fantastic river cruises on the Thames in London, courtesy of City Cruises.

This Christmas, there’s more to do on the river than ever before. Throughout December, City Cruises’ range of festively themed cruises and party boats will help get you into the Christmas spirit, whether you’re visiting town shopping for prezzies or a local looking for a special seasonal treat. From Christmas carols and festive feasts, to lunch and tea cruises with a yuletide twist. If you’re a turkey it’s probably not the best time to be onboard, but for everyone else City Cruises is the place to be this Christmas.

If you’re lucky you may even get a chance to see London coated with snow, all from the comfort of a warm seat!

But which cruise is right for you? Let’s take a look…

For the Serious Shopper… Festive Afternoon Tea & Lunch Cruises


Even the most disciplined Christmas shopper needs a time out. If you’re rushing from shop to shop, you won’t get much time to relax and admire the sights of London. City Cruises Festive Lunch and Afternoon Tea cruises take you on a brief tour of London’s sights while you rest those weary feet and enjoy a delicious bite to eat.

Festive Lunch Cruises sail from 29th November until 29th December on every Saturday and Sunday. The experience includes a 1 hour and 45 minute cruise of the river Thames with spectacular views of London, a 3-course festive lunch with tea or coffee and live sightseeing commentary.

Festive Afternoon Tea cruises operate from 29th November until 29th December on every Saturday and Sunday. After receiving a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival, you will then enjoy a selection of sandwiches, traditional cakes, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, delicious mince pies and as much tea and coffee as you want. All while listening to the crew’s entertaining commentary.

We’re offering up to 50% off Festive Afternoon Tea and Festive Lunch cruises on selected dates in December. Find more information about this incredible offer here.

For the Merry… London Riverparty Christmas Disco & Thames Christmas Party


Don that gay apparel and get ready to dance, drink and socialise with London’s Christmas lights setting a stunning backdrop – it’s the London Riverparty Christmas Disco!

Even in chilly winter there’s no cooler place afloat and with resident DJ and fully-licensed bar, there’s no better way to get into the Xmas spirit. While guests are hunting for mistletoe or getting down on the dance floor, the London Riverparty Christmas Disco boat will be rocking around the Christmas tree on a full 4 hour cruise of the Thames.

The London Riverparty Christmas Disco makes merry on the following dates: Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Thursday 19th in December.

On the other hand, if you see Christmas partly as an excuse to eat, drink and be merry, then good for you! You’ll want to join the Thames Christmas Party. Enjoy a 3-course festive dinner, followed by DJ, dancing and great views of some of the best sights London has to offer. View the mouth-watering Thames Christmas Party menu here.

You can join the Thames Christmas Party on the following days: 28th, 29th & 30th in November; 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th & 20th in December. Book online now and get 20% off!

For Those Who Take Christmas Dinner Seriously… Christmas Day Traditional Lunch Cruise


This is for everyone who feels they deserve an extra special treat on Christmas Day. Or maybe it’s for those who don’t want to get bogged down with dining and seating arrangements (which relative gets the wonky chair? Do we have enough mince pies!?).

The Traditional Lunch Cruise sets sail at 12:30pm on Christmas Day. Guests will enjoy a delicious, stress-free meal with a delightful, seasonal atmosphere. It’s the perfect choice for couples and small families who want to celebrate the special day in style without the hassle.

The scrumptious 3-course festive dinner is stuffed with all the favourites. Roast turkey with sage & onion stuffing, chipolatas wrapped in smoked bacon, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce… and that’s just part of one of the main course options. Read the full menu here.

For Festive Families… Christmas Day Sightseeing Tour


There’s no need to spend Christmas Day sealed inside the house watching old James Bond movies, with the kids squabbling over batteries. This classic sightseeing tour provides a 45-minute circular cruise of London’s historic riverside sights. It’s a rare chance to see London at its most serene.

Colourful commentary will be provided live by the crew (recorded commentary in 6 languages) while a variety of drinks and snacks will be available from the onboard bar. With under 5’s travelling free, this is something the whole family can enjoy.

Departs Westminster Pier at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Tours last 45 minutes.

The holiday season is always a busy time for us. Our special cruises never fail to sell out and we always recommend customers book early to avoid disappointment.

If you’ve enjoyed a Christmas cruise with us in the past, you’ll find we’ve upgraded our fleet this year so the ambiance is better than ever. And our boats are wheelchair friendly too, meaning everyone can join in the celebrations.