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    Heathrow Christmas travel FAQs

    Travelling through Heathrow over the festive period? Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

    How can I get through the UK border faster?

    Christmas is a busy time at Heathrow and the Government has prepared some useful advice on how you to prepare so that you have much better experience.

    Can I carry Christmas crackers in my hand baggage?

    If your airline gives permission, Christmas crackers are permitted to pass through security if they are in their original retail packaging. Each airline is different so we recommend that you speak to them before you pack.

    Can I carry party poppers?

    No. Party poppers are not permitted in either cabin or hold (checked) baggage.

    Will I have to unwrap Christmas gifts at security?

    If you’re carrying Christmas gifts in your hand baggage we suggest you leave them unwrapped wherever possible to avoid inconvenience and delay. Our teams will try to accommodate wrapped gifts but you may be asked to unwrap an item to allow our security teams to complete a search. Christmas presents are subject to all the usual security restrictions so please ensure you only bring items which are permitted, even if they are presents.

    Can I carry a snow globe in my hand baggage?

    The 100ml liquid rule applies to snow globes. It can be difficult to assess how much liquid is in a snow globe, so we advise passengers to pack these in their hold baggage.

    Will the shops and restaurants at Heathrow be open?

    Yes, all shops and restaurants will be open as usual throughout the holiday season, including on Christmas Day. Don’t forget you can pre-order items online before you fly and pick them up when you arrive in the departure lounge.

    Will public transport be running?

    There will be a reduced service during the festive period and only National Express coaches and taxis/minicabs will be running on Christmas Day.

    What’s going on at the airport to celebrate Christmas?

    You'll find details of our Christmas events programme as soon as they're published — just check our Special Events page..