Golden Tours: Christmas Lights London by Night Tour

London at Christmas

This is my well overdue review of Golden Tours.

I’ve deleted all my old content (my SEO’s going to suffer) because I want to go back to the original plan for this blog: travel and tourism. I am so excited about the content I have planned for you all… Roll on June 21!

I’m feeling pretty nostalgic about Christmas, and pre-lockdown particularly because that was the last time I went out to somewhere other than the supermarket…

Last December, we toured London on an open-top bus, to check out the Christmas lights.

We hopped on the Golden Tours bus, boarding from London Victoria Coach Station, for a 2-hour guided tour of London – stopping briefly at red lights to marvel at the lightworks.

Golden Tours’ ‘Christmas Lights London by Night Tour’ promised the best views of London’s Christmas lights, and let me tell you: it didn’t disappoint…

River Thames
Golden Tours Bus Route

It started at Victoria and drove past Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, the River Thames and following the trail all the way round to Central London, before returning to Victoria Coach Station for dropoff.

The guided tour was very educational. Now, I’m writing this post in March – so I’ve forgotten a lot of the stuff we learned… However, one thing I do remember very vividly was thinking “Harry Potter was filmed across the whole of London!”

Our tour-guide, Bruce, made reference to many buildings, including the real Diagon Alley and Gringottts Wizarding Bank, famous locations where Harry Potter scenes were filmed. Before you ask, nope – they didn’t look as magical IRL.

Although Golden Tours is most commonly a touristy thing to do, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Besides, it’s fun to be a tourist for the day…

We loved it so much that we’re planning to do it again this year, £24 per person well spent! Here’s a quick photo-dump highlighting some of the sights we saw…

Central London
Regent Street, London
ANNABEL’s Nutcracker Display
Bond Street, London

My Christmas Movie List

christmas movie

Merry actual Christmas! 🎄

Today is all about the Christmas pyjamas, Christmas movies, Christmas food and Christmas spirit…

I know this year is going to be a very different Christmas to the ones we’re used to, but if it means saving our loved ones’ lives, it’s a no-brainer!

We will be with them again sooner rather than later, that’s for certain.

Okay, so I’ve blogged about Christmas food and Christmas pudding, but I haven’t blogged about Christmas movies yet, so I figured what better day to do it than Christmas Day itself…

Also, Christmas PJs? My favourite of the year is an ASOS number… Bought it for my mum and it looks incredible. 💜😍

Mine? I’ve got my standard Elf onesie and unicorn slippers on. Won the onesie at my work Christmas party last year. & the Unicorn slippers were a gift from Secret Santa. 🎁

christmas movie

Anyway, back to my original blog post…

I’m going to be focussing on less popular movies that you may not have watched before… I love to do that – besides, everyone I’m sure has heard of or watched the great classics: Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, Frozen, The Grinch, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, Elf, A Christmas Story, The Snowman etc.

My Christmas Movie list:

  1. The Princess Switch (Netflix)
  2. The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix)
  3. Christmas Made to Order (Netflix)
  4. The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)
  5. Holiday in the Wild (Netflix)
  6. Noelle (Disney+)
  7. The Search for Santa Paws (Disney+)
  8. Christmas Wedding Planner (Netflix)
  9. The Holiday (Netflix)
  10. Jingle Jangle (Netflix)
  11. Angela’s Christmas Wish (Netflix)

What’s on my Christmas watch list for today? Whatever’s on TV and then a movie marathon of the below this evening as I’m certain the food coma is going to keep me up.

What’s still on my Christmas movie watch-list?

  1. Soul (Disney+)
  2. Arthur’s Christmas (Netflix)
  3. Holidate (Netflix)
  4. Godmothered (Disney+)
  5. The Nutcracker & The Four Realms (Disney+)
  6. One Magic Christmas (Disney+)

What’s on your list? I’d love to find out your recommendations…

Also, if you’ve seen any/all of mine, or it’s your first time finding out about them, I’d be interested to know your thoughts!

Finally, before I switch off, whatever you’re doing this Christmas, hope you have a good one!

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