With the possibility that this may be our last Christmas the UK for a few years, I decided that this was the year I needed to cram as much festive happenings in the season as possible. So, last week was the Ideal Home Show Christmas Fair and this week I decided a trip to Winter Wonderland would be next on my list.
Five years ago, when Calum and I first started dating, we headed to the Wonderland in Hyde Park and kinda both hated it. It was busy, hectic, expensive and we walked away with sore ankles from the many pushchairs and prams being rammed into us. However, the following year we visited on a week day and it was a million times better.
On Monday, we found ourselves in London and decided another weekday trip was ideal – OK I decided and Calum gave in to my pleading face. To begin with, we beelined straight for the crackling stall – I didn’t actually know what crackling was until after I ordered a £5 pot of it. I must say it was incredibly salty.
Winter Wonderland is full of rides but they are all tokens only. Tokens cost £1 per token and most decent rides cost around 3 tokens with some children’s ride costing 2 tokens. There are lots of circus stalls such as hook a duck or darts too.
My favourite section of the fair has to be The Bavarian Village, made of different Oktoberfest themed huts. During our visit, there was a band on to enjoy whilst we tried Bratwurst and Hot Apple Cider. I was even a bit of a dare devil and tried sauerkraut…
To top off our trip, we headed down Angels Market and enjoyed browsing the gorgeous Christmas decorations and gift ideas. I bought this adorable penguin statue and £10 worth of fake snow for my mum. It was getting dark and busy so we headed back to the nearest Underground Station; Marble Arch.
Other Activities at Winter Wonderland:
Ice Skating – there is an ice skating rink but it is recommended you book tickets in advance. As with all activities, there is an off peak, standard and peak price with adult tickets starting at £9.50 and child tickets starting at £7.50.
Giant Wheel – A romantic choice has to be the giant wheel. Adult tickets start at £7 and child tickets start at £5 but the price is worth it for the amazing views of the city. Pods and VIP pods are also available for those who want to splurge.
Magical Ice Kingdom – We visited the Ice Kingdom a few years ago; a tent full of all things ice! Adult tickets start at £7 and child tickets start at £5.
Bar Ice – Fairly new to Winter Wonderland, the Bar Ice charges a (rather steep) £14 entrance fee and is for adults only.
The Circus – I have heard nothing but great things about the circus at Winter Wonderland. The Zippos Christmas Circus is available during the day (£8.50 starting price for adults and £5 for children) or the Cirque Berserk is available in the evening (adult tickets starting at £11.50 and children tickets start at £9).
The Nutcracker on Ice – For those that love ice skating, the Nutcracker is available – ideal for families visiting the park. Adult tickets start at £15.95 and child tickets start at £11.95.
Where is Winter Wonderland and how to get there?
Winter Wonderland is located in London’s Hyde Park.
It is best to get here via public transport. Many tube stations are a short walk away. Bond Street, Green Park, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner to name a few.
You can download a map of Winter Wonderland here.
Have you visited Winder Wonderland? What other Christmas Festivities do I need to visit next in London? Share your love for Christmas in the comments below!