December 24, 2012 12:00 PM

Tom Cruise is ready to have a merry Christmas. Hitting the London premiere of his crime thriller Jack Reacher on Dec. 10, Cruise spoke to reporters for the first time since his June split from Katie Holmes. “I am in a great place,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m very happy.” The actor, who has been in London since the summer shooting the sci-fi film All You Need Is Kill, revealed that he planned to spend the holidays with all three of his kids: Bella, 20, Connor, 17, and Suri, 6. “We have got lots of very special things planned,” he said. “We are all going to be together. I am looking forward to it.” Although the distance from first grader Suri-with whom he briefly reunited over Thanksgiving-has been tough, Cruise has been throwing himself into filming with the occasional time out for some local fun. (He attended a soccer game with Reacher costar Robert Duvall in Manchester on Dec. 9.) “I have been shooting seven days a week, but I feel great,” he said. “I have a very busy schedule, and I like it that way.” While Holmes is performing on Broadway in Dead Accounts, Cruise will swing into New York City for a Lincoln Center tribute to his films on Dec. 17-and likely some holiday festivities: In past years he’s taken Suri to see The Nutcracker and the Rockettes.

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