London’s Winter Wonderland – A Christmas Fairytale
Honestly, the stark contrast between a Christmas in summer or winter is exactly that, extreme and obvious!
Growing up in South Africa, Jenna in Australia, meant that Christmas time was warm, no, hot and sunny with the day generally spent by the water with a few cold drinks and having a BBQ. So, when we packed up and moved to London in October 2013, we were very much looking forward to a cold Christmas. After all, Christmas carols generally do not involve having a BBQ by the water!
After being in London for only a month, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland was an absolute must for us! Christmas is Jenna’s favourite time of year without a doubt so we were off to the shops to buy some Christmas jumpers to get into the spirit of things.
We visited Winter Wonderland both years we were in London and it was exactly that, a wonderland, a magical wonderland.
Where is Winter Wonderland?
The location of Winter Wonderland couldn’t get better. It’s in the heart of London in the famous Hyde Park. The park is transformed into the most magical winter wonderland.
How long does Winter Wonderland run for?
This festive event runs for 6 weeks. Plenty of time to get there either after work or on a weekend!
How much does it cost?
It’s FREE!!! Yep that’s right, entry is free and you only pay for the food, drinks or rides you want. This also means you can visit as many times as you like!
What there is on offer…
The atmosphere is festive, there are German style Christmas markets lining the walkways selling Christmas ornaments, souvenirs and other festive bit and pieces, along with plenty of food stalls, including the must have nutella crêpe and chocolate waffles!
As you walk down the market lined streets, you hear Christmas carols playing, the smell of chestnuts roasting, and as you look around most people are wearing a Christmas jumper and well into the spirit of things. It is like a novelty, growing up in a hot country, to be able to finally own a coat, gloves, beanie and scarf. It’s fun to get dressed up but it is also a necessity as it’s pretty cold!
If that’s not enough for you, there are over 100 rides and attractions suitable for both little kids and big kids, the magical ice kingdom and ice skating.
There is something for everyone and a great place to go as a couple, or with a group of friends.
Here are a few snaps from our two visits to Winter Wonderland.
“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg