Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is an annual Christmas event in London launched in 2007. This year, it opens from 17 November 2017 to 01 January 2018 except on Christmas Day when everything in London is essentially closed.
The nearest underground stations to the venue are Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch but these may get extremely busy during peak times. You can also access the park through Greenpark, Victoria and Paddington Stations. The entrance to the park is free but be ready to queue for bag check, while the attractions, rides and games have different charges.
I went to Winter Wonderland at around 6pm and the queue was like this although it did not really take long to be able to get inside.
There is no shortage of food in the carnival, everywhere you go you can find something to eat. As I was starving, I just bought from whatever kiosk I saw first so I ended up with a burger and hot chocolate. There were lots of sausages and beer in the Bavarian Village, which is a covered food area with some live band performance as well. Burger stands, sweets, and other knick-knacks abound the carnival so you will never get hungry.
There was also a very interesting Carousel Bar, and it really does spin! I wonder how dizzy you will get after having your drinks in there.
You can also have your sweet fix from the Christmas market which is also inside the venue. Aside from food, there are also a number of interesting Christmas merchandise. I love the candle holders and they come in different colors and designs! I had to use a lot of my self-control not to buy any of these as they simply had no space in my luggage.
Roller coasters and other rides, attractions and games also fill the venue. I love the noise, the crowd and the lights of the carnival, add the very chilly weather and it was just perfect!
Although, nothing compares to the sound of riders screaming like this. Would you enjoy this type of Christmas Party?
I also like the setup and façade of the Haunted Mansion and Ice Mountain.
The highlight of my visit is definitely the Cirque Berserk. If I remember correctly, I paid £15 for the ticket of the hour-long show but it was totally worth it. It has been a long while since I have gone to carnival and to a circus show. Cirque Berserk showcases mainly heart stopping dangerous acts, from an unbelievably flexible mermaid, holding on to dear life with only two long pieces of cloth, to balancing on someone’s face while doing a split in the air to perfect accuracy in trying not to kill another performer with knives and other sharp objects. Or doing these things at the same time! It might seem that this is a very childish thing to do, but believe me, it was all the grown-ups who were much more thrilled during the show!
The best part of the show is the Globe of Death, where up to four men in motorbikes spin inside a globe-like structure. You can watch the video below.
For more information about Winter Wonderland, you may check out their website hydeparkwinterwonderland.com. I highly suggest a visit to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park if you are in London at this time and you will not regret it. Have fun!
While you are there, you may also want to have a look at the Food Halls at Harrods Knightsbridge. Learn more about it at my post Harrods Food Heaven.