Friday 15 December 2023

London Transport Museum - Christmas highlights from sleighs to buses! πŸŽ„


London Transport Museum
Season's greetings! It's time to book your family tickets to enjoy our Christmas activities - and meet Santa. We're spotlighting seasonal shopping tickets from the early 1900s, and giving you some ideas for your last-minute gifts. We also complete our year-long series of unusual London Underground facts by highlighting a line that isn't a Tube line: read on to learn more!
Santa and reindeer with Christmas trees and buses in a snow globe, with the message Next stop Christmas
Until Thursday 4 January
Christmas at the Museum
Families are loving meeting Santa in our twinkling winter wonderland: he'll be here until Saturday 23 December, while our festive family craft activities run through until Thursday 4 January. You can also climb aboard our sleigh, enjoy Christmas stories and follow a story trail through our galleries. As always, kids go free!
Visit the Museum this Christmas
Christmas highlights online
Final tickets available
Historic red bus travelling through London streets at night with Christmas lights in the background
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December
Lights & Sights
This weekend is your last opportunity this year to bring your family to ride through the West End’s dazzling festive light displays and illuminated landmarks on a classic vintage heritage bus.
Lights & Sights
Events in the New Year
Young person in orange top talking with a group of young people in a circle
Thursday 18 January 2024
Skills Late: Talent Transported
Our annual event for young people interested in transport and infrastructure careers is back! Meet industry-leading companies and find out about upcoming apprenticeships and training opportunities.
Skills Late: Talent Transported
Visitor taking a photo of another visitor wearing rainbow jumper in a gallery
Friday 2 February 2024
Student Late: London Calling
Join us for a student-led evening exploring London's history. Dress up as your favourite Tube station for a scavenger hunt, friendship speed dating, engineering challenges, and guided tours. Tickets from £15.
Student Late: London Calling
Give a Hidden London gift voucher
Looking for a Christmas present for someone who’s fascinated with London’s history and loves to uncover secret parts of the city?

Why not gift them a unique experience with a Hidden London voucher? They're valid for our in-person and virtual tours, allowing them to join from anywhere in the world.
Hidden London gift vouchers
Two people walking around a curving underground tunnel
Object of the Month
Train ticket by Central London Railway, Christmas Shopping special season ticket for ladies only, December 1912
Cardboard disc reading Central London Railway Xmas Shopping Special Season Ticket for Ladies Only
Our Object of the Month is this Christmas shopping season ticket, introduced by the Central London Railway (C.L.R.) in 1912.

Many winter sales tickets and adverts were targeted primarily at women, and aimed to encourage regular off-peak travel during the weeks before Christmas. This particular ticket, which permitted unlimited travel during December between Wood Lane and Liverpool Street after 10am, was never actually used.

Click the buttons below to find out more about this ticket, and the history of ticketing and fare collection on London transport since 1860.
Christmas shopping ticket
The story of ticketing
Click the images to discover more about Christmas shopping in our Collection online.
Poster with Christmas tree, presents, and the message Do your Christmas shopping between the hours of 10 and 4Sepia painting of a child dressed in a rabbit outfit riding on Father Christmas's back, with the words To the Shopping CentresPoster reading Winter sales quickly reached: Underground with images of London shopping destinations and prices
 Your collection of the month
Poster depicting a lion and kangaroo with a cricket ball and the word Over
Our My Collections highlight this month is pidgorna's collection of colourful transport posters that were displayed on London's Tube network between 1924 and 1926 - including this classic design promoting the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia.
Collection of 1920s posters
Try curating your own collection now!
15% discount on children's Christmas knitwear
Green woollen hat, jumper and scarf with patterns of buses and roundels
Get 15% off our warm and cosy Christmas jumpers, scarves and hats for children only through our online shop. Order your gifts by 12:00 this Sunday, 17 December to make sure they arrive in time for Christmas! Every purchase helps to support the Museum.
Shop Christmas knitwear
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Did you know? Elizabeth line
There are two reasons why the Elizabeth line is not actually a Tube line, although part of it runs through deep Tube tunnels underneath central London. 

Firstly, the line, which opened in 2022, goes out to Berkshire and Essex on the National Rail network. Secondly, its trains are much bigger than standard Tube trains, carrying up to 1500 passengers each.
Heart shaped roundel reading Love the Tube: 160 Years of Service
The history of the Elizabeth line