Winter Wonderland

In what is fast becoming a London winter staple, Winter Wonderland Hyde Park sleigh-rides into life on Friday, November 21 until Sunday, January 4.

Open daily from 10am-10pm (except Christmas Day and not until 5pm on November 21, bah humbug), the Wonderland is free to enter and includes a host of Christmas-themed activities including ice skating, circus and of course, the giant wheel.

The helpful people over at Royal Parks have also provided a number of reccomended attractions and tips:

When To Visit – The festival is busiest during weekends and evenings, so be prepared to queue to get in and to get onto rides during these peak times. If you want to escape the crowds, visit on weekday mornings and afternoons.

Buy Tickets In Advance – Winter Wonderland is free to enter but certain attractions get fully-booked during peak periods. Buy tickets in advance for ice skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus and the Giant Observation Wheel as well as a new attraction – Ice Bar.

Wrap Up Warm – It can get pretty chilly in the winter months and since the festival is an open-air event, we’d recommend wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and a warm coat. This is especially important if you’re visiting The Magical Ice Kingdom, chilled to a frosty -8°C (17.6°F). Brrr! If you’re feeling cold, you’re never far away from a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.

Take The Kids – This family-friendly attraction has rides galore to keep kids of all ages happy. There are gentle rides and attractions for children as young as two, with more thrilling rides like the Haunted House for teens. Most of the festival site is buggy-friendly and there are baby-changing facilities at various disabled toilets across the site.

Meet Santa – See Father Christmas and his magical elves in his Santa Land grotto every day from 10am to 6pm – except Christmas Day. Meeting Santa is free and children receive a small gift. An official photographer will be taking souvenir shots that are available to buy on the day, but you can also take your own photos if you prefer.

Bring Cash – Rides and attractions are accessed by tokens, which cost £1 each and are available at the token booths dotted around the site and cannot be bought in advance. Children’s rides start at £2, while other rides start at £3.

Enjoy A Taste Of Bavaria – Soak up the party atmosphere in the Bavarian Great Hall and the Famous Bavarian Village where you can tuck into bratwurst, sup a stein of German beer and watch live oompah bands perform.

Live The High Life – Take a flight on the Giant Observation Wheel and soar 60 metres above the ground in a comfy pod, while gazing across at the London skyline.

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