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. ​

Come back in Spring 2019 for more information.

 
Independent reviews by feefo
Sail with Santa

  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Staff really friendly and all went to plan


    11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    A great cruise with Santa, my little one (2 years old) enjoyed it even if not english speaker. If back in London next year, we will re book ourselwes on this cruise!!!!!


    11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★

    Second time had to give up my sit


    11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★

    It was a great hour for the kids although it was very choppy sailing. My grandsons enjoyed meeting santa who gave them a present one thing I would suggest is that the elves did more with the children ie taking a more entertain.ing ie dancing games


    11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    It was marvellous and lovely to go on the trip


    11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    My girls trout it was the best Santa experience they have ever been to


  • 02 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding experience. This was by far the best Santa experience ever. Nowhere else Santa gives so much time to the young ones. And not to forget the story reading, songs, and dances. Our 6 year old daughter was very happy meeting the Elves, Reindeers and Father Christmas.


    30 Dec 2018

    bad staff didnt know what there was doing


    29 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    For what you get, it is overpriced. But we still had fun.


    28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    The time on the boat was way too short. At the end we felt we are all so being rushed by the staff to just leave. It would be nice, if after seeing Santa, the families could have a bit of time to sit, enjoy the view through the window, have some drink and basically some time to ourselves.


    28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great service, not expensive at all, funny


    28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    The staff were all in the Christmas spirit and all of the children had fun. Th3 group of children was small so it felt personal. Santa was there virtually the whole time. He spoke to the children, read them a story, did the present ‘thing’ an£ danced with them to Christmas music at the end. Combined with the beautiful London views, this was 2orth every penny! Thoroughly recommend!


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    We have always visited Santa at Harrods for the past 11 years and this year we decided to try something different. My children loved this trip it was magical and fun for all. We feel it was the best way to visit Santa at Christmas and will 100% do this again next year on the same date and time. The only thing we would say is my 12 year old was given a voucher for Argos we went to use it and his limit was £5 there is nothing in Argos for that price so he wasn’t able to use the gift card he felt very upset with that and we was to. We think going forward for the older kids if your giving vouchers they should have £10 limit as £5 isn’t able to buy anything at all and the price we pay for the visit should really cover that cost. Apart from that we really enjoyed our trip and we look forward to coming again next year along with more of our family who would love to join us. Thanks again Mr&Mrs stewart Children Oliver and Edward


    28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great!! Santa was great and the staff were amazing!! My son and I loved it! Thank you!


    20 Dec 2018

    ★★★

    Firstly for what we paid the presents were poundland quality. Wasnt impressed with the servicing of mince pies and complimentary drinks. We had no idea they were given out until we saw everyone's children were eating and drinking and then discovered where to get it from. Then they had run out of juice and I waited at the bar for 10 mins while the bar staff thought it was more important to serve mulled wine to adults of which it took several minutes to fill one very small plastic cup as it was on draught and took ages to fill. In the meantime my 3 children still didnt have a drink. Got there eventually! A new experience however would have got better presents at £10 events like in the past.


    18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    We had a wonderful fun experience. The boat was decorated and very Christmasy. Santa and all his helpers were brilliant.. definitely doing it again next year. My granddaughter loved it.


    18 Dec 2018

    ★★★

    Great boat ride but gift is poor and also the price for adult tickets is a joke


    18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Magical experience for my daughter, one we will make a tradition of every year now. Would recommend


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Very exciting and lovely time. Was wort the fun and splendid staff dedication.


    18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really enjoyable trip. Children loved santa and sailing down the thames.


    18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great fully recommended to children and adults alike


    13 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Santa and the Elves really went the extra mile to entertain the children. Thanks all


    13 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really lovely way to see Santa , the staff were very friendly and helped the children to really enjoy their experience , definitely would recommend it.


    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.


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Staff really friendly and all went to plan


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    A great cruise with Santa, my little one (2 years old) enjoyed it even if not english speaker. If back in London next year, we will re book ourselwes on this cruise!!!!!


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★

    Second time had to give up my sit


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★

    It was a great hour for the kids although it was very choppy sailing. My grandsons enjoyed meeting santa who gave them a present one thing I would suggest is that the elves did more with the children ie taking a more entertain.ing ie dancing games


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    It was marvellous and lovely to go on the trip


  • 11 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    My girls trout it was the best Santa experience they have ever been to


  • 02 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding experience. This was by far the best Santa experience ever. Nowhere else Santa gives so much time to the young ones. And not to forget the story reading, songs, and dances. Our 6 year old daughter was very happy meeting the Elves, Reindeers and Father Christmas.


  • 30 Dec 2018

    bad staff didnt know what there was doing


  • 29 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    For what you get, it is overpriced. But we still had fun.


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★

    The time on the boat was way too short. At the end we felt we are all so being rushed by the staff to just leave. It would be nice, if after seeing Santa, the families could have a bit of time to sit, enjoy the view through the window, have some drink and basically some time to ourselves.


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great service, not expensive at all, funny


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    The staff were all in the Christmas spirit and all of the children had fun. Th3 group of children was small so it felt personal. Santa was there virtually the whole time. He spoke to the children, read them a story, did the present ‘thing’ an£ danced with them to Christmas music at the end. Combined with the beautiful London views, this was 2orth every penny! Thoroughly recommend!


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    We have always visited Santa at Harrods for the past 11 years and this year we decided to try something different. My children loved this trip it was magical and fun for all. We feel it was the best way to visit Santa at Christmas and will 100% do this again next year on the same date and time. The only thing we would say is my 12 year old was given a voucher for Argos we went to use it and his limit was £5 there is nothing in Argos for that price so he wasn’t able to use the gift card he felt very upset with that and we was to. We think going forward for the older kids if your giving vouchers they should have £10 limit as £5 isn’t able to buy anything at all and the price we pay for the visit should really cover that cost. Apart from that we really enjoyed our trip and we look forward to coming again next year along with more of our family who would love to join us. Thanks again Mr&Mrs stewart Children Oliver and Edward


  • 28 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great!! Santa was great and the staff were amazing!! My son and I loved it! Thank you!


  • 20 Dec 2018

    ★★★

    Firstly for what we paid the presents were poundland quality. Wasnt impressed with the servicing of mince pies and complimentary drinks. We had no idea they were given out until we saw everyone's children were eating and drinking and then discovered where to get it from. Then they had run out of juice and I waited at the bar for 10 mins while the bar staff thought it was more important to serve mulled wine to adults of which it took several minutes to fill one very small plastic cup as it was on draught and took ages to fill. In the meantime my 3 children still didnt have a drink. Got there eventually! A new experience however would have got better presents at £10 events like in the past.


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    We had a wonderful fun experience. The boat was decorated and very Christmasy. Santa and all his helpers were brilliant.. definitely doing it again next year. My granddaughter loved it.


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★

    Great boat ride but gift is poor and also the price for adult tickets is a joke


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Magical experience for my daughter, one we will make a tradition of every year now. Would recommend


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Very exciting and lovely time. Was wort the fun and splendid staff dedication.


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really enjoyable trip. Children loved santa and sailing down the thames.


  • 18 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great fully recommended to children and adults alike


  • 13 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Santa and the Elves really went the extra mile to entertain the children. Thanks all


  • 13 Dec 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really lovely way to see Santa , the staff were very friendly and helped the children to really enjoy their experience , definitely would recommend it.


  • 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.