Meet Santa on the river Thames as he’s swapped his sleigh for a boat. Fun for everyone with lots of treats from Santa.

Santa’s going on the river – yo, ho, ho – and you can go with him. Children will enjoy Santa fun and a present for each and every one, along with a soft drink and a cookie; while adults can console themselves for growing up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Should you feel like drinking chocolate or champagne, rest assured, there is a café-bar to hand. Everyone will have fun, as it’s a great experience for both children and adults (and even teenagers, we are told).

Your ticket includes: 

  • One hour cruise from/to Tower Pier

  • Glass of mulled wine/ hot drink and mince pie for adults*

  • Soft drink and small festive cookie for children*

  • Gift from Santa for each child and infant

  • Licensed cash bar available

*City Cruises does not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. 

Booking process:
Please select the child ticket (8-10) in the first step and in the second step please select the child ticket with the correct child age. ​

 

Cruise Details

Cruise Dates:

Saturday & Sundays: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Daily from 19th December until 23rd December

Sailing Times:

10.45, 12.45, 14.35, 16.35

Boarding commences 15 minutes prior departure.

Special offer - save up to 20%:

Saturday 15th Dec - 1045 sailing -20% off

Sunday 16th Dec - 1635 sailing – 20% off

Wednesday 19th Dec – all sailings - 20% off

Thursday 20th Dec – all sailings – 20% off
 

Departure Pier:

Click here for Map - Tower Pier EC3N 4DT

Ticket Prices 2018

 
 
Online
Special Offer - up to 20% off
 
Adult (16+)
£28.00
£22.40
 
Child (11-15)
£16.00
£12.80
 
Child (8-10)
£16.00
£12.80
 
Child (6-7)
£16.00
£12.80
 
Child (4-5)
£16.00
£12.80
 
Child (2-3)
£16.00
£12.80
 
Infant (0-1)
£0.00
£0.00
 

Please select the correct child age.

Important Booking Information:

Very important: In the “Comments box”, please enter the name, age and gender of all children in your party including infants under 1 year old. This means that we can pass these details onto Lapland to make sure that Santa brings an age and gender appropriate gift that is personalised for your little ones.

 
Independent reviews by feefo
Sail with Santa

  • 05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Money well spent. Smooth and easy transaction and excellent communication.


    05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    It was a lovely experience, my only moan would be that the snacks and drinks were below average and Santa was a little direct with the kids - mine were slightly afraid of him!


    05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Amazing experience we had, really Christmas atmosphere friendly people, made all the kids take part of the festivity. Just lovely.


    04 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    The staff were fantastic, really enthusiastic and engaging. The Santa was one of the best we've seen. The effort made in setting the scene was fantastic too.


    04 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant. We all had such fun


    26 Feb 2018

    ★★★★

    This was quite a good experience, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the children loved it. It was great that you got an emailed copy of the photo as well as an actual print (well worth the money). I would have given 5 stars but one of the gifts we got for a 6 year old was much more for age 1-4 and was a little disappointing - we probably could have complained on the day and got something else but that would have opened up a can of worms with the other 2 children we were with also wanting something else. I probably wouldn't do it again but well worth a visit as a one off.


  • 16 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    THE CRUISE WAS A LOVELY TRIP FOR BOTH CHILDREN & ADULTS.


    06 Jan 2018

    ★★

    We went last year to the Cruise with Santa - and it was wonderful - So this year we were very excited - but how disappointing - Last year there was a Rudolf dressed up and all the crew were in great Elf costumes and it was so festive - but this year the crew were only wearing Christmas tee shirts and weren't at all interacting with the children (apart from one young lady) - They seemed to think that all they had to do was put on loud Christmas music and that was enough - but it isn't - Also last year the Santa came to each table - this year he came on read his story and spoke to kids gave present and was gone! I will not be making the trip again as I am sure if it is that bad this year it will only go further down hill.


    05 Jan 2018

    Poor boarding method. Not very magical at Christmas watching the 'elves' sleep on the desks. Not much pretext of Christmas spirit from staff. The announcer was the only person on board who couldn't speak English. Santa was unconvincing and uncommitted. Insufficient drinks and snacks prepared, as if they didn't realise guests would be coming. Gifts were very cheap. Very expensive too.


    05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant, very well done. Not too many people, all children got time with santa who was great.


    05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    Yes well organised and all staff was brilliant good day had by all x


    05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    I think i have covered everything


  • 05 Jan 2018

    You get read a book from Santa for 5 minutes and 2 minutes for picture and gift then that’s about it then the rest of the hour you are sitting in your seat listening to music kids was very bored


    02 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    My 5 year old absolutely loved it! would highly recommend!


    01 Jan 2018

    ★★★★

    We had another lovely experience visiting Santa on the Thames. Just two comments:- It was far too hot on the boat Rather disappointed with the gift for a four year old girl - a mouth organ!


    25 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    lovely atmosphere with the kids


    24 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Every thing was nice .my kids enjoyed the atmosphere


    24 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    I enjoyed the reading of a story to the children.


  • 24 Dec 2017

    ★★★

    It wasn't as good as last year. Last year the children all Sat round Santa while he called up names and that was nice for the parents. This year getting called up by table meant more parent entertainment required and it felt more commercial with the photographer there. It was good but don't think we'll do it again.


    23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    was magical at night seeeing all the lights of london


    23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    It was a magical Christmas experience for all of the family grandparents, parents and children. Staff very friendly and accommodating


    23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Great experience Lovely presents Super customer service


    23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    I was just as entertained as my daughter. I loved it. While we were waiting to get on the boat Rudolph was mingling with the children. On the boat, once we were all settled with drinks and biscuits and mince pies, Santa arrived! He read the children a story and then everyone went back to their seats to enjoy the scenery of the cruise and have individual time to chat to Santa and get a little gift and photo. It was amazing! Will definitely do it again.


    23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing, the staff were so friendly and got my daughter to join in, refreshments were good


  • 22 Dec 2017

    ★★

    For the children it was a nice experience but for the adults we could see poor organisation from the staff on board


    22 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The whole experience was brilliant. From when we arrived on the pier and the children got their name stickers to when we disembarked after the Sail, I cannot fault the experience. The staff were friendly and helpful and Santa was just the loveliest, taking the time to speak to the children individually with no rush. The boat looked beautiful - all cosy and festive. The children were happy colouring with their juices and Gingerbread Men while waiting to see Santa. While the gifts could have been more expensive and higher standard considering the cruise prices, the children were perfectly happy with them. A wonderful family experience and I throughly recommend. Well Done to all involved at City Cruises!


    22 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The whole trip was great really made it for my grand children


    14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    1 hr was sufficient time for the meet and greet Santa.. Maybe Santa could have stayed longer to entertain the children.


    14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Relaxed, children well looked after, staff great with the children, especially Santa


    14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Everything was well planned and decorated beautifully and staff were fab!


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Kids absolutely loved it, very intimate and nicely thought out.


    14 Dec 2017

    ★★★

    Was ok, didn't feel that it was something extra special.


  • 05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Money well spent. Smooth and easy transaction and excellent communication.


  • 05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    It was a lovely experience, my only moan would be that the snacks and drinks were below average and Santa was a little direct with the kids - mine were slightly afraid of him!


  • 05 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Amazing experience we had, really Christmas atmosphere friendly people, made all the kids take part of the festivity. Just lovely.


  • 04 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    The staff were fantastic, really enthusiastic and engaging. The Santa was one of the best we've seen. The effort made in setting the scene was fantastic too.


  • 04 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant. We all had such fun


  • 26 Feb 2018

    ★★★★

    This was quite a good experience, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the children loved it. It was great that you got an emailed copy of the photo as well as an actual print (well worth the money). I would have given 5 stars but one of the gifts we got for a 6 year old was much more for age 1-4 and was a little disappointing - we probably could have complained on the day and got something else but that would have opened up a can of worms with the other 2 children we were with also wanting something else. I probably wouldn't do it again but well worth a visit as a one off.


  • 16 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    THE CRUISE WAS A LOVELY TRIP FOR BOTH CHILDREN & ADULTS.


  • 06 Jan 2018

    ★★

    We went last year to the Cruise with Santa - and it was wonderful - So this year we were very excited - but how disappointing - Last year there was a Rudolf dressed up and all the crew were in great Elf costumes and it was so festive - but this year the crew were only wearing Christmas tee shirts and weren't at all interacting with the children (apart from one young lady) - They seemed to think that all they had to do was put on loud Christmas music and that was enough - but it isn't - Also last year the Santa came to each table - this year he came on read his story and spoke to kids gave present and was gone! I will not be making the trip again as I am sure if it is that bad this year it will only go further down hill.


  • 05 Jan 2018

    Poor boarding method. Not very magical at Christmas watching the 'elves' sleep on the desks. Not much pretext of Christmas spirit from staff. The announcer was the only person on board who couldn't speak English. Santa was unconvincing and uncommitted. Insufficient drinks and snacks prepared, as if they didn't realise guests would be coming. Gifts were very cheap. Very expensive too.


  • 05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant, very well done. Not too many people, all children got time with santa who was great.


  • 05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    Yes well organised and all staff was brilliant good day had by all x


  • 05 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    I think i have covered everything


  • 05 Jan 2018

    You get read a book from Santa for 5 minutes and 2 minutes for picture and gift then that’s about it then the rest of the hour you are sitting in your seat listening to music kids was very bored


  • 02 Jan 2018

    ★★★★★

    My 5 year old absolutely loved it! would highly recommend!


  • 01 Jan 2018

    ★★★★

    We had another lovely experience visiting Santa on the Thames. Just two comments:- It was far too hot on the boat Rather disappointed with the gift for a four year old girl - a mouth organ!


  • 25 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    lovely atmosphere with the kids


  • 24 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Every thing was nice .my kids enjoyed the atmosphere


  • 24 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    I enjoyed the reading of a story to the children.


  • 24 Dec 2017

    ★★★

    It wasn't as good as last year. Last year the children all Sat round Santa while he called up names and that was nice for the parents. This year getting called up by table meant more parent entertainment required and it felt more commercial with the photographer there. It was good but don't think we'll do it again.


  • 23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    was magical at night seeeing all the lights of london


  • 23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    It was a magical Christmas experience for all of the family grandparents, parents and children. Staff very friendly and accommodating


  • 23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Great experience Lovely presents Super customer service


  • 23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    I was just as entertained as my daughter. I loved it. While we were waiting to get on the boat Rudolph was mingling with the children. On the boat, once we were all settled with drinks and biscuits and mince pies, Santa arrived! He read the children a story and then everyone went back to their seats to enjoy the scenery of the cruise and have individual time to chat to Santa and get a little gift and photo. It was amazing! Will definitely do it again.


  • 23 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The cruise was amazing, the staff were so friendly and got my daughter to join in, refreshments were good


  • 22 Dec 2017

    ★★

    For the children it was a nice experience but for the adults we could see poor organisation from the staff on board


  • 22 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The whole experience was brilliant. From when we arrived on the pier and the children got their name stickers to when we disembarked after the Sail, I cannot fault the experience. The staff were friendly and helpful and Santa was just the loveliest, taking the time to speak to the children individually with no rush. The boat looked beautiful - all cosy and festive. The children were happy colouring with their juices and Gingerbread Men while waiting to see Santa. While the gifts could have been more expensive and higher standard considering the cruise prices, the children were perfectly happy with them. A wonderful family experience and I throughly recommend. Well Done to all involved at City Cruises!


  • 22 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    The whole trip was great really made it for my grand children


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    1 hr was sufficient time for the meet and greet Santa.. Maybe Santa could have stayed longer to entertain the children.


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Relaxed, children well looked after, staff great with the children, especially Santa


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Everything was well planned and decorated beautifully and staff were fab!


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★★★

    Kids absolutely loved it, very intimate and nicely thought out.


  • 14 Dec 2017

    ★★★

    Was ok, didn't feel that it was something extra special.