Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is possibly the most awaited and most popular Christmas destination here in London. Whenever I tell anyone about my plan of visiting all the Christmas-themed events and places here in London, they’d immediately mention Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Obviously, I got curious and at the same time, excited about it.
It finally opened last Friday and without missing any opportunities at all, we joined hundreds of other people who I think were just as excited as we were. To be completely honest, I came unprepared and what I saw left me in shock. It was HUGE! I thought I was back in Dubai where everything is the biggest, the loudest and every superlatives you can ever think of.
I didn’t know where to start, I wanted to take as much photos as I can for the blog but there were a lot of things going on around me. I was overwhelmed and so at some point, I just had to give up. There is absolutely no way I’d be able to cover the whole of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in one night alone. A second visit is required for another photo session and probably a third and fourth as well to experience it fully.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland offers a myriad of activities which the whole family can enjoy, not one family member is spared by the organizers of this event. They definitely made sure that there’s something for everyone. Kids can visit Santa in Santa Land where access is free. Although there might be a huge queue to see him so you might want to do this first before anything else. They can also enjoy the numerous rides fit for their age (and height).
Older kids can enjoy thrilling rides and games that I myself might not be able to do (I’m afraid of heights and I easily get motion sickness lol). And for the much older kids (at heart) and adrenaline junkies, Munich Looping is something you shouldn’t miss among all the other adrenaline-pumping rides that you can find in Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
You can also find the largest open air ice rink in the UK in Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. A Victorian bandstand will play live music for you as glide along the ice rink under the fairy lights roof over your head. As you know, I’m not a skater so I just enjoyed a glass of mulled wine as I watched the graceful and the not-so-graceful skaters.
Note: Ice skating sessions run every hour and lasts for 50 minutes. Standard rate is GBP14.50 per adult while it’s GBP15.50 for peak days and GBP9.50 for off peak days. Ice skates are included in the price but you can also bring your own ice skates with you. For more information about the ice rink, you can visit Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s website.
There are different areas for food and drinks but my favorite would definitely be the wooden chalets of the Bavarian village. Mulled wine and bratwurst seem to be a popular choice so I had one of each while there. Live bands are performing in huge Bavarian halls and gardens. It will definitely put you in a festive mood.
The Christmas Market inside Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a refuge for anyone who’s had enough of all the revelries around them. It’s the most peaceful area in this wonderland but that’s not to say that it lacks things to offer. With over 200 Bavarian style wooden chalets offering different and great gift ideas, you’re definitely spoilt for choice.
The organizers definitely didn’t think that it’s enough entertainment because apart from all that’s mentioned above (and all the others that weren’t mentioned as I didn’t have the time to visit it), Hyde Park Winter Wonderland offers so many other live entertainment options such as The Sooty Christmas Show for the kids, Cirque Berserk, Zippos Christmas Circus and of course, The Nutcracker on Ice.
This year is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s 10th anniversary and having said that, the park is bigger and better than the previous ones they’ve had. You need at the very least, 2 full days to fully enjoy it. Probably 3 days if you plan on trying out all the rides.
Plan your visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland:
Print this map. Do it, do it now. I definitely wish I did.
Entrance is free however, you will have to buy tickets in advance for some attractions. You can buy your tickets online or on the day itself as well.
Open from 10am to 10pm daily, from now until 2nd of January.
Closed on Christmas day.
Nearest underground stations: Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington and Victoria.
Check out my Snapchat story from my visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland:
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