From the 21st November to the 4th January, Hyde Park will host the world famous Winter Wonderland once again. This magical kingdom filled with awe-inspiring sights – real snow and ice, spit roasted hogs, authentic Christmas markets and death defying rides – is one of the biggest events in London during the holiday season. And best of all, it’s completely free!
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland hosts some of the best fairground rides in the country including: the Giant Observation Wheel, which towers 60 metres; the Star Flyers, which spins at 360 degrees; and three massive roller coasters. In addition, there is a ghost house and various smaller rides suitable for children and those who aren’t quite so daring.
Winter Wonderland prides itself on having one of the biggest and best grottos in London. At Santa Land you and your children will be able to watch elves crafting in the workshop, eat tasty sugary treats and of course, visit Santa himself.
Upon entering Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland you’ll be greeted with plenty of market stalls selling everything from snacks and mulled wine to hand crafted gifts and decorations. With over 200 fairy lit chalets it’s one of the biggest Christmas markets in the United Kingdom. Even if you don’t have any cash to spare, it’s well worth taking a stroll, just to soak up the atmosphere.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this year’s Winter Wonderland is the circus performances. Both Zippos Circus and Circus Berserk will be set up for the duration of the fair, entertaining guests with death defying stunts, world class juggling, daredevil high-wire antics, and much more. Each circus will be hosting three shows per day and performances will last for approximately 45 minutes.
Magical Ice Kingdom
We’ve all heard of the ice hotels in Norway and Sweden, but most of us will never get to experience them. Winter Wonderland, however, has replicated the magic for us right here in London with the Ice Kingdom – a minus eight degree indoor castle made from real snow and ice. This awe-inspiring walk is the first of its kind and will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a Disney movie; just make sure you wrap up nice and warm before entering.
The Arctic Circle is the gateway to the Magical Ice Kingdom and contains a beautiful walk, vast array of Christmas-themed displays, and a collection of thrilling rides such as the Ice Mountain Coaster and Snow Jet. The Arctic Circle is really what Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is all about.
One of the most talked about sites in Winter Wonderland is Bar Ice, which opens for the very first time at this year’s event. This unique sub-zero environment is completely made of ice – glasses, tables, bars, walls, literally everything! There’s no better place in London to enjoy a nice refreshing cocktail or shot of vodka.
There are literally hundreds of Christmas celebrations throughout London between November and January, but none of them come close to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. If you really want to get hyped for Christmas, simply walking the trail and soaking up the vibe is enough to raise your spirits.
To bypass the crowds and take in the sights from above, consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter. Seeing the Winter Wonderland from the sky is a truly magical experience, that’ll definitely make Christmas 2014 a year to remember.