Christmas in London

December 8-14, 2019

In less than 80 days, our SUU Community on the Go Group will descend upon London to celebrate the Christmas Season...British Style! Your trip leaders have planned a magical adventure filled with the sights, sounds, and sensations of this most iconic and historic World City! Whether you fancy Charles Dickens' tales of the Season set amongst a Victorian London backdrop, or hope to catch a glimpse of Old Father Christmas spreading festive cheer amongst the teeming masses, you're bound to create Holiday memories to cherish for a lifetime! We will visit some of the most recognized sites in Western Civilization as we tour the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and visit Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral. We will explore some of the top museums in the world while also shopping seasonal markets and well known shopping districts. We will meander down Regents Street and see Christmas lights that will thrill your visual senses. You'll have a chance to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal in one of the most famous churches in Central London. We'll see a top performance on the Westend, experience a John Rudder Christmas concert in Royal Albert Hall, and perhaps don a pair of skates for a few laps around one of London's ice rinks. While visiting the ancient city of Oxford, you'll see beautiful Christmas trees on display in centuries old buildings, and perhaps run into the ghosts of J.R.R.Tolkien or C.S. Lewis as you explore Oxford's yuletide atmosphere. And don't forget the seasonal winter carnivals that are a fixture of Christmastime in jolly ole- England! On behalf of your trip leaders, we are so looking forward to welcoming you to our favorite city at our favorite time of year! See you "soon" in London!
- Trip Leader, Patrick Clarke

Registration Closes Soon!

The Program Includes:

  • A "Welcome to London" dinner. Enjoy a meal of traditional English, Irish, or American fare in a London restaurant and get to know your fellow adventurers.
  • Hotel accommodations with breakfast.
  • Tube pass for the week
  • A tour of Westminster Abbey. Tour the church where kings and queens have been crowned since 1066. As the final resting place of kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, priests, heroes, and villains, the Abbey is a history pageant.
  • A West End Theatre production. Attend West End Theatre, some of the best theatre in the English-speaking world.
  • A guided Christmas adventure in Oxford. Follow a celebrated local guide on a stroll through this beautiful ancient city, then shop the Christmas markets surrounded by buildings from every architectural period since the late Saxon period. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford presents an amazing "Christmas Village" feel in the "City of Dreaming Spires."
  • A Christmas Concert in Central London (based on availability).
  • St. Pancras, and walk across Millennium Bridge.
  • Five of CNN's "Top 20 Museums in the World." Expand your knowledge in the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Science Museum.
  • Experience Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

For six nights/seven days immerse yourself in the magic of London!

Plus Much, much more: Go sightseeing on your own during free time, navigate London via the Underground (The Tube), and visit several Christmas villages, including Covent Garden and the South Bank (adjacent to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre).

All activities and excursions are led by experienced SUU study abroad faculty.

Big Ben Christmas Tree

We had a blast touring London with SUU's Community on the Go! [The SUU Faculty] are all very knowledgeable and friendly. They filled every day with fun activities and interesting sites to visit. I can't wait to go again!

Marian Decker, 2016 Participant
Disclaimer: London is an ancient city. This program will take place in areas that require lots of walking and climbing of stairs. At times we will be walking on cobblestone streets.

Christmas in London Participants