London’s annual Winter Wonderland spectacular opened this year in November. Back for the 13th time, this Christmas feast offers something for thrill seekers of all ages!
Fun abounds in this oasis in London’s Hyde Park.
Thrilling fairground rides, dozens of winter stalls and a whole host of entertainment make Winter Wonderland the go to destination in London. And it is an absolute treat for families with children. It is open from 10am to 10pm every day except Christmas Day.
Attractions this year include a huge open air ice rink (the biggest in the UK!), two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom. Whilst for the adults there are themed bars serving German beers and lagers in steins. Delicious street food is plentiful so you will not go hungry! Riding the 70m observation wheel will take you high up over the treetops and afford you spectacular views of the London skyline.
The nightly illuminations are absolutely dazzling.
Adults will enjoy the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. And for those keen to learn there are ice sculpting workshops where you can perfect your artistic skills. For beer lovers the German-style Bavarian village offers a great atmosphere where you can down steins of beer to the sounds of live music. If you find that too hot to handle then you might enjoy the Ice Bar. Sounds chilly for the winter months – even the glasses you drink from are made of ice!
Street food at the Park is great. Tasty snacks include, for instance, hot dogs, smoked salmon (smoked on the spot!), hot chestnuts, churros, pasta, corn and the list goes on…..
Entry into Winterland is free of charge. You can enjoy brightly illuminated fairground rides, and child-friendly Santa Land with its own Santa’s grotto. As well as some 150 Christmas market stalls offering a huge variety of gift items, produce and Christmas fare. The sounds of Christmas can be heard throughout the site as you stroll around with both piped and live music playing continuously. You can warm up with a glass of mulled wine. And snack on a delicious hog roast or hot dog. Whilst the children feast on doughnuts and hot chocolate.
Paddington™ on Ice
This year’s spectacular features cutting edge choreography, stunning costumes and toe tapping music for all ages! This fabulous ice show has already enjoyed enormous success in Germany. Now, to the great delight of fans, the show can be seen for the first time here in the UK. Join Paddington™ as he travels by ship from the jungles of Peru to our very own London. The performance features award-winning international figure skaters, vibrant costumes and lively music. Sure to delight the whole family. We recommend advance booking.
Magical Ice Kingdom
New attractions this year include the Magical Ice Kingdom’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This is a walk-through attraction that lasts approximately 30 minutes. This fabulous snow experience has been cleverley sculpted from over 500 tonnes of ice and snow. But remember to wrap up warm – it’s very cold!
Mr. Men & Little Miss – The Show
Specially for the little ones, this 45 minute show is fabulous! Join your favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters as they leap off the page into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Puppetry and music bring Happyland to life in a burst of colour.
The ice rink is stunning – built around the charming old Victorian grandstand. You will not need to bring your own skates as skate hire is included in the ticket price. The rink glistens under the 100,000 lights illuminating skaters from above.
The ambiance at Wonderland is fabulous and guaranteed to get you in the mood for the Christmas season! This is a fun winter festival for all ages. Being adorned with so many thousands of lights, the Wonderland at night is a beautiful sight. Festive sounds permeate the Park and visitors leave the area having overdosed on Christmas spirit!
Winter Wonderland recommend advance booking for shows etc. to save queueing on the day.
How to get there
Very conveniently located in Central London with lots of access options by underground and by bus. The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria and Knightsbridge. We recommend you use the other stations as Hyde Park Corner is busy – particularly at weekends.
There is car parking nearby. But please note there is not much availability and it is expensive so travel by public transport is highly recommended.
And if it’s been raining, don’t forget the wellies!
Diary note: Winter Wonderland is on until 5 January 2020.
In conclusion, Winter Wonderland is a great place to visit!
If you wish to stay in the vicinity, you might like to rent a short stay apartment for the weekend for your weary revellers.