The opening of Winter Wonderland on Friday the 17th November heralded the coming of Christmas. Christmas is just around the corner so if you haven’t started on Christmas gift shopping I’d start panicking just a little!!!!! Help is at hand though as you can multitask with a fun day out with Christmas shopping thrown in that won’t feel like a chore for you or your children. There are over 200 stalls in the Christmas market to visit with a range of gifts for all ages so you can hunt out gifts for friends and family and maybe even grab some stocking fillers.
Winter Wonderland is a place of magic and wonder situated in the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park in London. For over 10 years this Christmas themed wonderland has been bringing Christmas cheer to all that venture near making it a popular place to visit for Londoners as well as tourists.
It’s free to enter, you can take a stroll through and enjoy the Christmas music and take in the festive atmosphere and watch or join other thrill seekers on the rides like the Giant Observation Wheel (where you can see stunning views) and the Munich Looping (roller coaster). Prefer something a little closer to the ground or something a little tamer? The snow slide is great fun as are the dodgems. There are numerous fairground rides to cover literally every taste from haunted houses, roller coasters, tea cups and a large selection of fair ground games where you can win a range of cute teddies small and large.
When you fancy a rest from all the excitement and a refuel you can check out one of the numerous restaurants, cafes or bars with a great range of foods. There are even street food stalls to tantalise your taste buds.
The shows are great for children and adults alike. Children can see the Sooty Christmas Show where Sooty has fun with his friends Sue and Sweep and Richard Cadell and there is plenty of humour thrown in for adults to appreciate too!
It’s a great festive family show so sit back with your tub of popcorn or candyfloss or both and enjoy.
Zippos Christmas Circus will also entertain with some amazing stunts including a spectacular escape from a glass tank full of water and the amazing wheel of death (there were no safety nets I will add). This is a fab family show that will keep you all captivated.
My girls loved everything. It was all so magical for them especially as it was the first time they had been. They highly recommend the churros with cinnamon sugar which are made fresh at a number of stalls there. Next time we visit I hope to try them with chocolate – yum!
As the day progressed it did get busier and as we were continuously on the move we didn’t feel the cold too much. We rather enjoyed warming up at the Bavarian Village around one of the fires.
The site is mainly flat making it easily accessible for people with wheelchairs and those with buggies.
The children were already trying to persuade me to bring them again before we had even left the park. It was obvious they’d had an amazing day and I hope to take the little man along some time to enjoy this magical experience too. We returned home with full tummies, lots of goodies and amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Have you visited Winter Wonderland yet?
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