ADVENT DAY 16: WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Wonderland hit it’s 10th anniversary this Winter and was expected to be bigger and better than ever. Taking over a vast part of the park, Winter Wonderland pops up in Hyde Park, London every November. The ultimate festive extravaganza jam packed with Christmas cheer, it is the best place to go to get you in the spirit. Over the years, I’ve visited Winter Wonderland on quite a few occasions so I am no stranger to some of the features but the 10th anniversary did not disappoint.

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Every year the layout changes and this year was the best as there was Christmas round every corner. The layout made it feel so jam packed and fantastically festive plus the attractions and stalls were evenly placed rather than having the food stalls crammed into one section. Angel Market was bigger than ever with over four rows of Christmas gifts and decorations, there were more rides than ever before and even more options for food and drink. The usual ticket attractions of Zippo’s Circus, the ice rink, ice kingdom and the observation wheel were joined by an ice bar and The Nutcracker ballet. Due to it’s German theme, the Bavarian Village is usually a big part of Winter Wonderland but this year it exploded with more bratwurst, more gluhwein and a brand new music venue with German acts.

After a stroll around the first section of Winter Wonderland, we were hungry. We stopped at a cute little lodge with options of hog roast bun, burgers or hot dogs. From years past, this was about the only food options so we went for a hot dog accompanied by a hot chocolate for Ash and a Bailey’s edition for me. As enjoyable as the hot dog was, we were sorely disappointed when a few minutes later we found stalls selling a wide selection of pies, crazy chips and even halloumi fries and slightly wished we’d held out for longer.

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We didn’t really fancy any of the rides so just had a quite stroll around the Wonderland taking in the sights and smells before watching people fall over on the beautiful ice rink. We stopped by the Bavarian Village to watch a German man called Joseph sing two well known songs before we found ourselves back at the exit. After exploring the entirity of Winter Wonderland, we decided to make a stop in the ice bar except you had to book into slots and the next one wasn’t for two and a half hours so we gave it a miss and left Winter Wonderland, instead having a romantic stroll down Oxford Street taking in the views of the Christmas lights.

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Winter Wonderland is fantastic for a great Christmassy vibe whether you do a lot while you’re there or just fancy a stroll around. With free entry, you’d be silly not to pay a visit if you’re in London over Winter. I would highly recommend booking any ticketed attractions in advance though so you don’t miss out like we did.


This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

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