Christmas In London, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
I’ve been on a quest to sample as many London Christmas markets and activities as possible between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today’s schedule included a visit to the Alpine/German themed Christmas market in the Southeast corner of Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland.
I entered the park through the North entrance, close to the ferris wheel and tilt-a-whirl. I really prefer the more traditional, low-key craft-type markets and this had a more…ummm…Santa-on-acid vibe. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first, but walking through the crowd watching little kids laughing, moms and dads sharing bumper cars and middle-aged couples dancing to Christmas disco music, it grew on me.
Mercifully, the fair organizers placed beer and wine huts at regular intervals throughout the ride and carnival section of Winter Wonderland.
The food choices were endless…cookies, candies, sausages, kebab and various items ending in -wurst. Perfect for fueling up for a few passes around the ice rink.
The Winter Wonderland rink is supposedly the largest outdoor rink in the UK. The ice wasn’t very crowded early in the evening. The area around the rink was crowded with spectators, clearly enjoying the spectacle of the very patient “ice guides” leading the tourists/novices lurching around the ice. The skate hut rents skates for both kids and adults or you can bring your own. I can’t wait to bring the Mister back with me.
The ambience of the park changes at twilight. As daylight fades, the crowds swell, the lights glow and “biergardens” and “pubs” throughout the market turn into happy post-work gathering places, filled with live music and free-flowing beer.
Angel’s Market has row after row of chalets filled with things to sample and buy…
I had a great time walking around Winter Wonderland with a cup of mulled wine to warm my hands. Entrance is free and it’s a great evening out even if you don’t plan on riding rides or hanging out in the biergarten…bundle up! It’s cold out there.
Things to know
Ambiance is best late afternoon or evening…probably more crowded as well. Can’t have everything!
Entrance is free. Rides are between 2 and 4 tokens (tokens are £1 each) and ATM’s are available.
Check times and information here…Winter Wonderland.
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