One of the biggest London events of the Christmas season is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. The festival is part Christmas market, part county fair. Winter Wonderland was open for a month and a half during the Christmas season, and we went twice (which will explain all of the different lighting in the photos). It is free to get in, but it can get expensive if you eat, drink, ride, and shop your way through the place.
Here are some photos of the rides and “experiences.” They had all of the stomach-churning rollercoasters and drops that you would expect from a fair, all of which I avoided, and more sedate entertainment, like an observation wheel. They also had a carousel bar, if you wanted to combine refreshment and rides, and an Ice Kingdom, where for a king’s ransom, you could put on thick gloves and parkas and drink fancy cocktails out of ice glasses in an igloo-type environment. Or something like that. The advertisements weren’t all that clear.
The market part of Winter Wonderland sold ornaments, gifts, and crafts in cute little huts strung with lights.
There were also extensive eating and drinking facilities throughout the festival, including a little mock ski chalet complete with radiators that was particularly charming. Stephen and I mainly filled up on bratwurst and currywurst. Yum.
We can’t wait to go back next year since it is such a fun activity in the dead of winter, and it really gets you excited for the holiday season. Plus, did I mention free entry? And the sausages? It might not have anything on the German Christmas markets, but it is also much more conveniently located to her ho. See you in three and a half months, Winter Wonderland!