Friday, 22 December 2017

Visiting Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland


For a long time, I've been visiting Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland at Christmas. This year I thought we weren't going to get the chance to visit, what with our Munich Christmas Markets trip, festive gatherings and parties filling our weekends in December, but we finally found a chance to visit last weekend with friends and had a ball! We were in London on Saturday 15th December for my Aunt's Christmas do, so we decided to hop on the central line in the late afternoon and head over to Marble Arch station for Winter Wonderland.


Drinking Hot Chocolate at Winter Wonderland


In my opinion, there are two ways that you can visit Winter Wonderland. You can either cram in as many activities as possible and have an action-packed day, or you can have a leisurely time strolling through the Christmas Market and enjoying the yummy food and drink. If you choose the first option, you can book attractions such as ice skating, the Magical Ice Kingdom and the Cinderella on Ice show in advance, which also gives you fast track entry to Winter Wonderland at the gate. If you choose the second option, you will end up spending a lot less money, but you won't need to allow more than a few hours to see all that Winter Wonderland has to offer. When we visited Winter Wonderland last weekend, we didn't prebook any attractions. We decided to just wander around the Christmas Market, drink hot chocolate and catch up with our friends.


Stuart and I having a photo with Olaf at Winter Wonderland


After having visited the Munich Christmas Markets, it was great fun getting to see Winter Wonderland's take on a Bavarian Christmas Market. There was traditional German food on offer, as well as some fast food options. If you fancied a drink, you could easily find stalls selling beer, mulled wine or hot chocolate. We didn't end up eating at Winter Wonderland because we were still so full from takeaway pizza at my Aunt's house, but I did grab a hot chocolate whilst we were there and it was delicious! The Winter Wonderland branded paper cups were too cute to miss!

Some of the gift stalls at the Christmas Market sold fairy lights and lanterns. Against the night sky, the fairy lights looked beautiful. If we had space for more fairy lights in our flat, I would have bought lots of them!




Star lanterns at Winter Wonderland


Next to the market, there was lots of fairground rides. We didn't go on any of them because of how expensive they were, but they looked very Christmassy!





We were at Winter Wonderland for 2 hours and I think that was plenty of time, given that we didn't participate in any of the bookable activities or go on any rides. I really enjoyed our time at Winter Wonderland and will definitely be going back next year. If you get a chance to visit Winter Wonderland before the festive season is over, definitely visit in the evening. Seeing all of the lights at night is extra special.




Have you ever been to Winter Wonderland?


Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
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