A visit to Winter Wonderland requires two things:
1) The willpower to resist repeatedly singing it to the tune of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Boogie Wonderland the whole time you’re there; and
2) A ticket.
This year, they’ve had to get rid of the ol’ free-for-all policy in a bid to control crowd numbers, which is good news because it also (at least hypothetically) means you’ll have fewer queues to endure before strolling through an enchanting ice kingdom; drinking mulled wine at the Christmas market; and indulging your love of European rollercoasters.
You’ll find it, as always, set up in Hyde Park, taking up a colossal amount of space and packing into it:
In the form of traditional family favourite Zippo’s Circus (now featuring furry inflatable bears) and the less traditional Cirque Beserk, who are prepared to put multiple motorcycle riders inside a ‘Globe of Death’ for your amusement.
We’re talking ice skating on the largest outdoor rink in the country, festooned with fairy-lights and accompanied by occasional live music from the Victorian bandstand; a walk-through ice kingdom featuring frozen statues sculpted from over 500 tonnes of ice and snow; DIY ice-carving workshops; a real ice slide (which you can descend on a rubber ring); and a fairground filled with rollercoasters; ferris wheels and pendulum rides that can swing you full circle in 4 seconds.
FOOD & DRINK
There’s a street food village – so you can browse the Christmas market’s 100 miniature Bavarian huts with something from Oh My Dog, El Pollote or MacFactory to keep you going – as well as a Viking-inspired tipi bar with firepits and mulled wine; an Alpine-themed pop up restaurant from Jimmy Garcia; a drinks lodge with roaring fires; a rotating bar on a carousel and a subzero cocktail bar crafted entirely from ice. That’s also ’70s themed.
Sam, play our song.
NOTE: Winter Wonderland is open until 3rd January 2022. You’ll need to book entry in advance this year which costs £5/7.50, but if you pre-book £20-worth of activities you’ll get free admission. You can find out more, and book, HERE.
Winter Wonderland | Hyde Park, London W2
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