With the festive season upon us, Hyde Park transforms itself into a magical Winter Wonderland – a haven of all things Christmassy. Now in its 11th year, this epic winter festival features two circuses, the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, an observation wheel and an alpine themed bar and restaurant. Entrance into the festival is free of charge and willl be open to the public from 10am to 10pm from now until the 1st January 2018 (excluding Xmas day of course!).

 

With over 100 rides and attractions to choose from, Winter Wonderland offers something for all ages, tastes and budgets. You’ll be spolit for choice over the range of food and drink on offer. From traditional Barvarian beer and food, to deliciously fluffy mini pancakes and toasted marshamallows. No visit to Winter Wonderland is complete without a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream to finish. Indulgent and the perfect winter warmer on those frosty December nights.

In addition to the endless list of stalls and rides, there’s a whole host of attractions to visit at this year’s Winter Wonderland:

The Giant Observation Wheel, a Xmas alternative to the London Eye, invites you to take in panoramic views of Hyde Park and London’s skyline. Journey times last approx 15 minutes, giving you plenty of photo opportunities. If you fancy a little exclusivity, private pods can be hired for up to 6 people for just £40.

 

Cinderella on Ice brings this classic Disney fairytale story to life with impressive world-class professional skaters. The show lasts approx 50 minutes and all of those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Prices for a family ticket start at £51.80 for up to two adults and two children.

 

The Magical Ice Kingdom is an immersive walk through experience, complete with mermaids and ice sculptures. Dress prepared for the occasion as the production is set to -10 degrees so hats, gloves and scarves are an absolute must! Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £5 for children. There’s also a photographer on hand to snap up a souvenir worthy photo!

A new addition to this year’s festive fair is an apres-ski themed bar and restauarant. Traditional huts, or hüttes, can seat up to 10 people and come equipped with kareoke machines to sing along to your favourite Xmas tunes If you upgrade to the fancy dress package, you’ll get a go at of props and accessories thrown in to see the night off in style!

 

Bar Ice transports patrons to indulge in a drink or two at this igloo themed bar, complete with ice shot glasses and coasters. With temperatures of -10 degrees, the 20 minute slot allocations give more then enough time to experience sub-zero drinking!

The outdoor ice skating rink is the centre piece of the Winter Wonderland festival. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a complete novice, the rink is open for all ages and abilities to try. Given the popularity of the ice rink, pre-booking is arguably mandatory, and will guarantee you a chosen 50 minute time slot to get your skates on!

Weekends and evenings can get particularly busy, so if you can avoid visiting during these peak times then do so to experiences shorter queues and crowds. With an endless list of things to do, see, eat and/or buy – it’s best to arrive early so you can explore at leisure. Of course, if you want to experience Winter Wonderland at its best then download a map of the festival layout in advance to you can maximise your time and plan your route. This can be found on the website and is free to use.

So join the festive cheer and head down to London’s centre-stage Xmas event, the wonderful Winter Wonderland! To book activities and for more information, please see http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com.


 

About Kiran Shergill

Outside of her City day job in financial services, Kiran enjoys nothing more than discovering the diverse food, drink and entertainment scene that London has to offer! Join Kiran on her journey across the capital's scene and get a flavour for all things weird and wonderful.