SIX WEEKS OF WINTER MAGIC
If you happen to be in London make sure you dedicate a whole day to this spectacular, festive event in the heart of the city. You don’t even have to like Christmas.
Opening night was Friday November 18 and things run until January 2, excluding Christmas Day, when it’s closed.
The Wonderland is open from 10am until 10pm every day. It’s absolutely heaving during the evenings and weekends, so if possible, head down during the weekdays or earlier in the morning, when it’s less hectic and you’ll be able to enjoy it all.
As always, Winter Wonderland is taking over a little of Hyde Park, W2 2UH.
The nearest entrance is Brook Gate. Tube stops nearby are: Bond Street, Green Park (best for step-free access), Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington and Victoria.
Christmas markets sparkling with lights, great food, rides, shows and fun games, santa land, workshops and a bar ice if you are feelin’ brave.
You can wander around Winter Wonderland ticketless and for free, but you’ll need tickets for the major attractions. Book them in advance: many quickly sell out. Prebooking means you’ll get “fast track” entry.
Tickets can be bought for Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, the Giant Wheel, Bar Ice, The Sooty Christmas Show and the Nutcracker on Ice.
For prices, check this page. Bear in mind that peak time tickets cost more than off-peak slots and that there are booking fees online.
What to eat
Winter Wonderland offers a huge selection of food and drink. Whether it’s a sit-down meal, a bite on the move, or festive drinks with family and friends, there is something for everyone.
Relax in the Bavarian Beer Gardens with covered seating, outdoor bars, cafes and food stalls.
There’s Bratwurst aplenty, chicken and salmon grills, plus traditional dishes in the sit-down restaurants. Enjoy a mulled wine, hot cider or beer from one of the outdoor bars, or warm up with a hot chocolate.
There’s a vegetarian friendly food stall where fresh bruschettas and pizzas will make you drool. If you are vegan have some sauerkraut and vegan nioki. For 5 quid they’ll let you have half a serving of each which makes a surprisingly filling meal.
Plan your visit:
Download the new Hyde Park Winter Wonderland App for 2016 to get the most out of your visit!
..and plan your visit here
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