For the last ten years Winter Wonderland has resided in Hyde Park for the festive season. I’ve visited a couple times before but not during the day, so never realised how big it was nor have I ever noticed the finer details (could also perhaps be due to excessive amounts of mulled wine.) I took a stroll around the place between 2-4pm to discover the entire Winter Wonderland area in Hyde Park. If you love literally everything to do with Christmas, this place is a must. Think bright colours, twinkly lights, cute little markets and a cheesy Christmas jumper every direction you turn. Oh and lots of glorious smelling food (must avoid if on strict diet.) Whether you’re having a day out with family, on a romantic date, or having a night out with friends, Winter Wonderland has something for everyone. A couple of minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner station, It’s free entry but beware of how busy it gets, especially during the evening.
I walked around the place by myself (I’m not sad and lonely, I promise) so I should be able to give good suggestions on what to do and see!
Things to do in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland:
- Ice skate! A real traditional Christmas activity. The ice rink in Winter Wonderland is set up around Hyde Park’s beautiful Victorian band stand with thousands of white lights. We rarely get a white Christmas in London so skating is probably the closest you’ll get to experiencing it. Tickets start at around £10 for adults.
- Take the little ones to Santa Land, or be a big kid and enjoy it for yourself! Meet Santa and his hard-working elves, visit the toy factory, and enjoy the small rides (perfect if you’re understandably a bit terrified of the big ones…)
- If you are a thrill seeker and up for the big rides you’ll be spoilt for choice with rides that throw you up in the air, spin you around at high speeds (not a good idea after a few hours in the bars), and of course rollercoasters. Tokens need to be purchased for access to rides.
- Wander around the many unique and wonderful Christmas markets. From bags, scarfs, and jewellery to dream catchers and fairy lights, there is a gift for everyone you love.
- Fulfil your appetite with plenty on offer to eat and drink. From German sausages, burgers, chip and dip, and churros to warm cider, cocktails, and mulled wine, there’s plenty to choose from.
- Go for a drink in the Bavarian Beer Village. This was my favourite place in Winter Wonderland. Despite the cold weather, the gardens felt cosy and upbeat with outdoor fires, strings of twinkly lights, and classic 80’s music playing.
- Watch the Nutcracker on Ice – a brand new attraction to celebrate Winter Wonderland’s 10 year anniversary. Tickets are around £16.
- Take a ride on the Giant Observation Wheel and enjoy 15 minutes of beautiful views over London. Tickets can be booked online for around £7.
- Go for cocktails in Bar Ice – if you didn’t guess, everything in the bar is made out of ice. I’m game for cocktails but I’ll pass on sub-zero temperatures…tickets are around £14.
- Walk around the Magical Ice Kingdom, an attraction full of impressive snow and ice sculptures. Tickets for adults start at £7.
- Check out Zippos Christmas Circus which happens in the UK’s largest Circus tent. Tickets are £8.50 – £14 for adults.
- Play some old school fairground games and win someone special a giant ‘I Love You’ teddy bear. Go on, it’s Christmas.
And just a few of the lake – it was so beautiful I couldn’t resist.