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London Eye Christmas 2023 | Tips, Directions & more

Why celebrate Christmas 2023 at the London Eye?

Nestled along the picturesque South Bank, the London Eye becomes a beacon of Christmas magic, inviting both locals and visitors to experience the season's joy. Get ready to create cherished memories and experience the true spirit of Christmas in the heart of London.

London Eye opening hours during Christmas

London Eye Christmas event

Sky Candy Emporium

Embark on a festive journey 135 meters above the cityscape as you step into the London Eye's Christmas Candy Confectionery Wonderland. Elevate your taste buds with a unique experience at The Sky Candy Emporium, where you can craft your own ‘Up in the Clouds’ cocktail or mocktail while enjoying breathtaking views of the capital. E your way through a ‘pick-n-mix forest’, interact with the Candy Lab, and reach for floating candy floss amidst sugar-filled clouds. The pod transforms into the ultimate Christmas selfie spot, adorned with whimsical confectionary decorations. This exclusive Christmas event offers a bespoke sky-high candy makeover, with a private host and a goodie bag to take the festive magic home.

Ideal for: Small Groups

Plan your Christmas at London Eye

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Facilities & Accessibility
What to Wear
Parking
Tips

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom

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By Metro/Tube: The closest station is Waterloo which is a 5 minute walk away from London Eye. You can take the Bakerloo line (brown), Jubilee line (grey), Northern line (black) and Waterloo and City line (turquoise) to get there.

By Train: You can get off at Waterloo or Charring Cross Station, which are the closest train stations to London Eye.

By Bus: You can take buses 1, 12, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 148, 159, 168, 176, 188, 211, 243, 77 and 381, 507, 521 to get to London Eye

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: London Eye and London Eye River Cruise are fully wheelchair accessible. Each London Eye pod can accommodate up to two wheelchair users and a maximum of 3 wheelchair users are allowed per cruise. 
  • Carer Tickets: Free carer ticket available for guests with accessible needs.
  • Braille and Visual Guides Available: Braille guides provided for both the London Eye and London Eye River Cruise, ensuring accessibility to expert commentary for all. There is also a Widgit Guide with universally recognizable symbols.
  • Service Animals Allowed: Assistance dogs are permitted on the London Eye, as long as they are clearly identifiable as service dogs. 
  • Hidden Disabilities Assistance: The team is trained to recognize sunflower lanyards; feel free to ask for assistance at any point during your visit
  • Layers: Wear layers to stay warm. A thermal or long-sleeved shirt under a sweater or fleece can help you regulate your body temperature.
  • Outerwear: Bring a stylish and warm coat or jacket. Make sure it's waterproof or water-resistant, as London can experience rain.
  • Accessories: Don't forget a hat, gloves, and a scarf to keep your head, hands, and neck warm. These can also add a festive touch to your outfit.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Wear comfortable and waterproof footwear, especially if you plan to walk around the area. London can be wet in December, and you'll want to keep your feet dry.
  • Festive Touch: Since it's Christmas, consider adding a festive touch to your outfit. This could be in the form of holiday-themed accessories, such as a Christmas sweater, or even just a touch of red or green in your clothing.

The London Eye does not have parking facilities, however the following options are available: 

  • Q-Park Westminster car park: Located a short walk away from the London Eye 
  • National Theatre Car Park: Operating hours are Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Alternative Car Parks: There are alternate car parks available nearby.
  • Parking for Blue Badge Holders (Disabled Parking): The nearest car park with dedicated blue badge parking spaces is South Bank parking by Apcoa.
  • Congestion Charge Zone: Please note that the London Eye falls within the Congestion Charge Zone.
  • Parking Restrictions: Be aware of any parking restrictions, especially during the holiday season.
  • Time Your Visit: Consider visiting during the evening when the city lights shine brightly.
  • Dress Warmly :London in December can be chilly, especially when you're 135 meters in the air. 
  • Bring Festive Treats: Pack some festive treats or purchase holiday-themed snacks to enjoy during your ride
  • Capture the Moment: Ensure your camera/ phone is charged to capture the holiday memories.
  • Combine with Nearby Attractions: Consider combining your visit to the London Eye with nearby attractions like the Southbank Christmas Market or other festive events happening in the area.
  • Share the Experience: If you're celebrating with family or friends, share the experience by booking a private pod.



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Frequently asked questions about Christmas at London Eye

How is the London Eye Christmas celebration?

Christmas at the London Eye is a magical experience, with the iconic attraction adorned in festive lights, offering unique holiday-themed activities and breathtaking views of a twinkling London skyline.

Can I book a private pod for a London Eye Christmas celebration?

Yes, private pod bookings are available. Celebrate Christmas with family or friends in an exclusive setting.

What are the best times to visit the London Eye during the Christmas season?

Evening rides can be particularly magical with the city lights.

Can I bring my own festive treats on the London Eye for Christmas?

Yes, you can bring your own festive treats to enjoy during the ride.

Is the London Eye decorated for Christmas?

Yes, the London Eye is often decorated for Christmas, creating a festive atmosphere. The pod may be adorned with seasonal decorations.

Are there dining options at/near the London Eye during Christmas?

The London Eye offers various dining options. Check for special Christmas menus or consider dining at nearby restaurants along the South Bank to complement your Christmas celebration.

Are there family-friendly activities at the London Eye during Christmas?

Yes, the London Eye is family-friendly, and during Christmas, there may be special activities or events for children. Check for family-focused offerings when planning your visit.

Can I purchase Christmas gifts or souvenirs at the London Eye?

Yes, the London Eye usually has gift shops where you can purchase Christmas-themed souvenirs and gifts. It's a great way to take home a memento of your festive experience.

Is there public transportation available to the London Eye during the Christmas season?

Yes, public transportation, including buses and the tube, is available. Waterloo is the closest tube station and there are several bus routes available.

Is the London Eye Wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the London Eye and London Eye River Cruise are fully wheelchair accessible.

Is there parking available at the London Eye?

The London Eye itself does not have parking facilities. Visitors are encouraged to use nearby parking options.

What should I wear to the London Eye during Christmas?

Dress warmly in layers, considering London's cold December weather. Don't forget a coat, hat, gloves, and a scarf.