Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park


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Welcome to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park!

The winter season fun arrives in London when Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park opens in late November. This big Christmas amusement park combines lots of exciting rides for kids, a giant Ferris wheel, shopping at the Christmas Market, games, extravagent ice sculptures, a circus (or two!) and tons of food stalls selling classic mulled wine and other traditional holiday food and drinks. There’s also a fun ice rink set up right in Winter Wonderland, and it’s one of the most popular spots for ice skating in London. This year Winter Wonderland is open from 23 November 2012 to 6 January 2013, which means you have one more week to enjoy the holiday fun in Hyde Park!

Santa Claus Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Christmas fun at Winter Wonderland

Leading up to the holidays, Santaland at Winter Wonderland is a popular spot for families to enjoy the rides, have fun and even visit with Santa Claus. There are lots of great rides for kids to create an unforgettable Christmas visit to London!

Fun Rides Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Fun for the whole family at Winter Wonderland

Santa’s Factory is a new addition to Winter Wonderland this year, and inside the fun house kids can enjoy seeing Santa and his elves getting ready for Christmas. It’s a fun way to get into the holiday spirit with the whole family!
Teacup Ride Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Take a spin on the teacups at Winter Wonderland!

While the teacup ride might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the big Ferris wheel at Winter Wonderland is a fun—and less head spinning—ride for the whole family to enjoy. The views overlooking Hyde Park and London from the top are fabulous!

Ferris Wheel Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Take a ride around the big wheel in Hyde Park

One of the most unique parts of Winter Wonderland is the Magical Ice Kingdom – a huge display of ice and snow sculptures. Inside you’ll find an ice castle, an enchanting forest and a world of fantastical creations. Bundle up to enjoy this chilly but stunning winter display!

Magical Ice Kingdom Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

See the ice sculptures in the Magical Ice Kingdom

When you’re ready to warm up there are many options, from honey wine, traditional mulled wine, hot chocolate and more. There’s even “Mulled Viking Blood,” a name that was a little too evocative for us, so we stuck with the safer sounding mulled honey mead.

Honey Wine Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Warm up with a delicious honey wine

One mulled wine and hot cider stall had a large windmill atop it that made it easy to spot. It was a chilly and rainy day – perfect for mulled wine!

Mulled Wine Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Mulled wine at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

After two glasses of mulled wine, we had to take a photo of this sign as proof that it said “Life Music” and not “Live Music.” Next stop … the German Pub!

Funny Sign Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Ready for “Life Music” at Winter Wonderland!

There are lots of food stalls and places to choose from at Winter Wonderland, and this German Pub had a nice view of the ice rink.

German Pub Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

German Pub in Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland

Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts was also on hand with some tempting offerings. The stalls were all decorated and lit up with Christmas lights, which would be charming after dark.

Jamie Oliver Fabulous Feasts Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Tons of food stalls including Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts!

After (over)indulging at the food stalls, it’s time for a walk though the Christmas Markets for a bit of holiday shopping. There are two markets at Winter Wonderland, the Angels Christmas Market and the new Yuletide Market, and together they have over 150 stalls dedicated to arts, crafts, toys, holiday decorations and more. Along with the Southbank Christmas Market along the Thames, this is one fun holiday shopping experience in London you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Market Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Fun holiday shopping at the Christmas Market in Hyde Park

After a bit of shopping … it’s time for dessert! You’ll find a little of everything, from tempting mounds of chocolates and candies on display to cotton candy and holiday sweets.

Chocolates Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Tempting chocolates on display at Winter Wonderland

 

Cotton Candy Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

For the sweetest member of the family – cotton candy!

 

Candy Christmas Market Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

All kinds of candies at the Christmas Market – even egg shaped candies!

There are two circus performances at Winter Wonderland this year, the Zippos Christmas Circus during the day and the Zippos Cirque Berserk in the evenings. Tickets for all the events can be booked in advance online, and we highly recommend taking the time to do this so you can be certain to see everything you’d like during your visit to Winter Wonderland.

Winter Scene Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London

Fun winter scenes in Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland

If you’re in London now through January 6th, 2013, head to Hyde Park for some holiday fun at Winter Wonderland! Find out more about the events, how to book tickets and all details at www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com.

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