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London’s Winter Wonderland – What It Is and How Best to Enjoy It

London’s Winter Wonderland – What It Is and How Best to Enjoy It
November 05
08:00 2015

You know that Christmas is coming up when the wonderful Winter Wonderland returns to Hyde Park – that’s when things really start to feel festive again. This year, the Wonderland makes its appearance on Friday 20th November, and will remain in London all the way into the New Year, only leaving on Sunday 3rd January.

The family friendly fairground makes for a fantastic day (and night!) out, perfect for kids and adults alike. Around the Victorian Bandstand you’ll find a great big ice rink, and continuing the theme is the Magical Ice Kingdom, in which you will be able to take in the wonderful sights of the ice castle and a whole forest of other frozen sculptures.

London’s Winter Wonderland – What It Is and How Best to Enjoy It

Aside from this, there are also some gravity-defying displays of acrobatic prowess from both Cirque Berserk and Zippos Circus, as well as a full fairground, with a wide variety of rides for all types of visitors, from the child-friendly helter skelters, carousels and fun houses, to the rather more exciting rollercoasters. And of course, plenty of games stalls.

Get yourself down to the Bavarian Village to warm up a bit with some tasty Glühwein (necessary on those cold winter nights) and a delicious Bratwurst, before heading over to the Angels and Yuletide Market to stock up on traditional Christmas gifts. And there’s no better place to take it all in from than the top of the observation wheel – it’s a beautiful sight.

However, in order to make the most of your day out, you’ll have to do a bit of preparation. It’s a busy old place, after all, so you’ll want to make sure you have the best time possible. Here are some tips to help that happen!

Book in Advance

This is tip number one due to its importance as well as its simplicity. The Winter Wonderland itself is completely free to enter, but some of the attractions do cost money, and the more popular of these sell out during peak periods.
So if you want to stroll through the Ice Kingdom, enjoy Zippos Circus or take in the view from the wheel, it’s better to be safe than sorry and book your tickets well in advance.

London’s Winter Wonderland – What It Is and How Best to Enjoy ItWrap up Warm

This might seem obvious, as you’re spending the day outdoors in London in the middle of winter, but it bears saying. What you might not know is that the Magical Ice Kingdom is kept to an icy-cold -8°C! So yeah, you’d better bring those gloves.

Bring Money

You won’t be able to get far if you’re only carrying your plastic. Rides are paid for using tokens; these are bought from booths on-site. And if you’re hoping to tuck into some hog roast or drink some Glühwein, you’ll need cash for that too.

Go Off-Peak

Peak times are at the weekend and in the evenings, the times when you are most likely to be able to go. However, if you can get there on a weekday morning, you definitely should. There’ll be fewer crowds and therefore shorter queues for everything. If you can’t manage that, don’t worry – it’s worth braving the crowds for the wonderful nighttime atmosphere.

About Author

Tom Rokins

Tom Rokins

Tom is a passionate traveller and experienced writer. He speaks fluent German, and is at his happiest when travelling around Europe.

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