A truly epic celebration of all things Christmas, the wonder that’s Winter Wonderland will be returning to Hyde Park, right in the centre of the city, during much of November and throughout December. Guaranteeing visitors winter & Christmas markets, ice skating, fairground rides including rollercoasters with a Christmassy twist for thrill-seekers, winter-themed food and drink, grottos and, yes, Santa Claus itself, it undoubtedly promises to be an unmissable Christmas attraction for families planning to come to the UK capital towards the end of the year.
Indeed, visitors can look forward to discovering the likes of an enormous ice rink (the biggest in the entire UK) for hundreds of eager skaters; two circuses (Zippo’s Circus and Cirque Beserk) putting on shows constantly throughout the festival’s run; a 60-metre-tall observation wheel from which to espy Central London’s myriad landmarks; festive puppetry fun with the felt idols for kids of all ages that are Sooty, Sweep and Soo; themed bars serving warming, alcoholic beverages for the grown-ups and the frozen delights of the Magical Ice Kingdom.
Indeed, the latter facet of this Christmas cornucopia in the capital surely deserves delving into a little deeper, especially as it could be the part of the event that, dazzling your imagination, truly sticks in your mind as you return to your place of stay; perhaps one of the 4 star hotels Hyde Park, like the Park Grand Hyde Park.
For the Magical Ice Kingdom is set to include a ‘Deep Sea Adventure’. This may not sound very wintry, granted; yet, the effect may well prove to be like something out of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, being that it promises to be a walk-through experience that immerses visitors into a self-contained world of ice and snow sculptures – as well as a bubble wall – dedicated to Planet Earth’s awesome ocean-going creatures.
Elsewhere, adults will, needless to say, likely relish the opportunity to sample the real-fire-featuring themed bars with their large number of different beers on tap and cocktails to try, even though the natty Ice Bar (of course there’s one of those!) is very unlikely to be warmed – let alone with naked flames – not least because the glasses served here will even be made from the frozen stuff!
Finally, it’s worth pointing out that, should you fancy partaking in perhaps the event’s biggest attraction (that is, skating on the ice rink), there’ll be no minimum age restriction, but those aged 12 or under will be required to be accompanied by someone who’s at least 16-years-old. Moreover, you can bring along your own skates (so long as they’re not ‘speed skates’) and wheelchair users will also be more than welcome on the ice.
Dates: November 17th 2017-January 1st 2018; open daily 10am-10pm (except Christmas Day)
Price: entry to Winter Wonderland is entirely free, but expect to have to pay for a ticket for some attractions, which you’ll likely to have to pre-book
Address: Hyde Park W2 4RU
Nearest Tube stations: Hyde Park Corner, Lancaster Gate, Queensway or South Kensington