Whether your Christmas spirit is running a little low or you’ve been searching for the perfect festive family event to help get you ready for the big day, then don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland.
Located just a short stroll from our Park Grand hotel Hyde Park, this spectacular event draws crowds of people from all over the world to celebrate the holiday season in style. Here are just a few of the many reasons you should pack your suitcase and head to London this winter to pay Hyde Park a visit.
70 Metre Observation Wheel
Every year, the organisers of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland go all out to offer new and exciting attractions that are sure to thrill visitors of all ages. This year, it's possible to get a bird’s eye view of the beautifully lit wonderland and surrounding parklands from the 70-metre observation wheel which has been especially constructed for the event.
As this is sure to be a popular attraction, make sure that you book your ride on the wheel in advance so you can take in the thousands of beautiful fairy lights from the air.
The Magical Ice Kingdom
Every year, the artists at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland create amazing snow and ice sculptures with a festive theme. This year, more than 500 tons of snow and ice have been used to transform the magical ice kingdom into a street scene from the beloved Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol.
Visitors are able to walk through the snowy streets of Dickensian London to see some much-loved characters from the classic book, including the Cratchett family and Scrooge himself! There’s even a six foot tall sculpture of Big Ben to enjoy which is completely crafted from a massive block of ice.
Just don’t forget to pack some warm clothing and gloves before you head to our Hyde Park accommodations as the Magical Ice Kingdom is kept at a low temperature to stop the sculptures melting.
The Ice Rink
One of the biggest attractions on offer at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is the central ice rink. Lines with lit Christmas trees and wooden cabin stalls give the rink that truly festive feel. Visitors can take to the ice to show off their skills before heading off to see what else the wonderland has to offer before returning to our Park Grand hotel Hyde Park later in the evening.
Paddington on Ice
Once you’ve enjoyed a little time on the ice yourself, head back to our Hyde Park accommodations to shed a few layers as it’s time to see the professionals in action!
Brand new for 2019, London’s favourite bear and friends will be providing you and your family with an amazing show packed full of toe-tapping tunes, fantastic choreography and dazzling costumes as Paddington journeys from the wilds of Peru to bustling London.
As the show is only 45-minutes long, it is ideal for younger family members who don’t like staying in one spot for too long, so enjoy an early dinner at the Park Grand hotel Hyde Park and head over to see the show featuring one of the world’s most famous bears.
Zippos Christmas Circus
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland isn't just a great place to be once the sun goes down in the city; there's plenty of amazing things to see and do during the daytime too!
Zippos Christmas Circus offers several daytime shows and is filled to the brim with amazing festive costumes, acrobatic feats and clowning antics. With a running time of just under an hour, why not head to the huge circus dome to enjoy the show before travelling back to our Hyde Park accommodations for a spot of lunch and to plan what else you want to see at the wonderland later on?
If you are staying at the Park Grand hotel Hyde Park with friends this winter, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the coolest bar in London. With temperatures dropping to -10 degrees, you’ll be provided with a snug special cloak and gloves during your visit to Bar Ice so you can enjoy this amazing space created entirely from ice!
Treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail and marvel at the inspiring craftsmanship of the ice sculptures which have been specially created to construct this super cool bar. Tickets to Bar Ice can sell out quickly at weekends, so make sure that you speak to your concierge at our Hyde Park accommodations as soon as you arrive or book your tickets in advance online.
Winter Wonderland Comedy Club
Laughs aplenty await at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, with up and coming talent ready and able to have you rolling in the aisles. A great night out for groups, those staying at the Park Grand hotel Hyde Park between Thursdays and Saturdays can head to the Megadome Circus tent to see headline acts including Milton Jones, TV star and major comedy talent, Marcus Brigstocke and Britain’s Got Talent star, Lee Ridley.
There is a bar available during the 45-minute show, so visitors wanting to pay a visit to this special comedy club will need to be at least 16 years old. Provided your party meets that criteria, it’s a great start to a night out for groups of friends and older family members.
Tickets are available right up until the final performance on the 21st December 2019, so make sure that you get your ice skates on to secure your tickets for your chosen dates to avoid disappointment.
Don’t forget, that there are plenty of stalls selling refreshments, plenty of fairground style rides and other entertainment on offer once the comedy show has come to an end, so feel free to stick around a little longer to soak up some of the festive atmosphere that Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has to offer this year.