Get into the Festive Spirit With a Visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Just as it has been doing for the past seven years, the family-favourite Winter Wonderland is returning to Hyde Park along with a lot of Christmas-themed fun and activities from 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015. The event will feature top shows, an observation wheel and a massive Christmas market. Providing fun, laughter and entertainment, it will occupy a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner which will get transformed into a Winter Wonderland where visitors will be able to enjoy fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa’s grotto and an ice rink. The fantastic fun-filled event has rapidly become everyone’s favourites irrespective of whether they are residents or visitors to the city.

The vast array of things to do at the fun fair ranges from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom, particularly the 53-metre high Observational Wheel and the Zippos Circus which is always in high demand especially when it gets too cold and visitors can get some warmth under its heated big top. The Christmas Market offers all sorts of items and is characterised by its wooden chalets and different Bavarian-style bars and cafes. Visitors also like to visit the Spiegel Saloon which is a large, festive and fully covered restaurant.
However, the attractions at the event are all quite expensive and it is better to be prepared for the high cost, although the fun element attached to the various activities is so high that most visitors do not mind going overboard with their spending. Despite the high costs, the main attractions are always crowded and as such, it is essential to make advance booking. Tokens for the rides can be bought from kiosks spread throughout the fair. However, entry to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is completely free and you only need to pay for the individual rides. As such, you can roam around the fair just enjoying the general festive spirit without any cost but it becomes difficult to resist the temptation of enjoying the rides and other activities.

Since the event takes place in Hyde Park, staying at Grand Royale London Hyde Park would be the best thing to do for visitors as they can simply walk down to the venue of the event without any need to waste any time in commuting and without getting stuck in any traffic snarls, which are so typical of central London.

The greatest degree of fun can be enjoyed by families travelling together as there is such a lot of fun, laughter and excitement that they can derive from the activities. They can skate around the stunning ice rink which circles the Victorian bandstand. They can also enter the Magical Ice Kingdom and have a great time seeing the ‘ice forest’ of frozen sculptures and the shining ice castle. The acrobatic displays in the shows at Zippos Circus and Cirque Beserk are indeed very enjoyable. If you enjoy adventure activities, you can go on the various rides and get plenty of thrill and adventure. For young visitors, there are a lot of activities available that can give them a lot of enjoyment including carousels, helter skelters and funhouses. The roller-coasters that will push up your adrenaline flow can be enjoyed by older children and adults. The observation wheel goes 60m above London and offers stunning views of the city’s skyline. There are many dedicated token booths all over the place that sell tickets for the various activities in the fair.
The Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland offers a host of arts and crafts trinkets, jewellery and decorations that you can buy for your own use or for being gifted to others. You can also visit and explore the Angels and Yuletide market, where you can find many festive goods at the charming wooden chalets. While roaming around at the fair, it is but natural that you would feel like having something to eat or drink. There are various restaurants, bars and food stalls at the venue where you can satisfy your hunger and thirst. Among the various offerings of these eating joints, some of the most popular are churros, mulled wine and frothy hot chocolate. You can also try German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village.

Kids are particularly enchanted by Santa Land, an area of the park designed to look like the North Pole. Here, kids of all ages can meet Father Christmas and even get a present. Moreover, there is an array of rides suitable for small children to enjoy.
Since Winter Wonderland has no entry fee, you can enter the fair without buying any ticket but if you wish to visit some activities such as ice skating, the observation wheel, Zippos Circus, Cirque Beserk and the Magical Ice Kingdom, you will need to buy a ticket. If you stay at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, you will find it easy to join a festive-themed nigh-time bus tour of London that will take you round various attractions of London such as Buckingham Palace, London Eye and the Tower of London, along with Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is one of the most successful events in London for the past seven years and undoubtedly one of the best-loved Christmas attractions in the city. It is an absolute must-see item on the itinerary of any family trip to London. It offers an amazingly festive atmosphere and provides a delightful experience to people of all ages because you can be transported to a Swiss or Austrian ski village with roller-coaster rides while still being in the middle of Hyde Park. For getting most fun at this time of the year, a visit to Winter Wonderland is essential.

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