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Visiting Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

For a long time, I’ve been visiting Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland at Christmas. This year I thought we weren’t going to find the time to visit, what with our Munich Christmas Markets trip, festive gatherings and parties filling our weekends in December. We had the opportunity to visit last weekend though and had a ball! We were in London on Saturday 15th December for my Aunt’s Christmas do, so decided to hop on the Central Line in the late afternoon and head over to Marble Arch station for Winter Wonderland.

Hot chocolate at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, London

In my opinion, there are two ways that you can visit Winter Wonderland. You can either cram in as many activities as possible and have an action-packed day, or you can leisurely time stroll through the Christmas Market and enjoy the yummy food and drink. If you choose the first option, you can book attractions such as ice skating, the Magical Ice Kingdom and the Cinderella on Ice show in advance, which also gives you fast track entry to Winter Wonderland at the gate. If you decide on the second option, you will end up spending a lot less money, but you won’t need more than a few hours to see all that Winter Wonderland has to offer. When visiting Hyde Park this time we didn’t prebook any attractions. Instead we wandered around the Christmas Market, drinking hot chocolate and catching up with our friends.

Kat Masterson and her boyfriend at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, London

After Munich earlier in the month, it was great fun getting to see Winter Wonderland’s take on a Bavarian Christmas Market. There was traditional German food on offer, as well as some fast food options. If you fancied a drink, you could easily find stalls selling beer, mulled wine or hot chocolate. We didn’t end up eating at Winter Wonderland because we were still so full from takeaway pizza at my Aunt’s house, but I did grab a hot chocolate whilst we were there and it was delicious! The Winter Wonderland branded paper cups were too cute to miss!

Some of the gift stalls at the Christmas Market sold fairy lights and lanterns. Against the night sky, the fairy lights looked beautiful. If we had space for more lights in our flat, I would have bought lots of them!

Fairy lights at Winter Wonderland, London
Lanterns at the Winter Wonderland Bavarian Christmas Market, London

Next to the market, there were lots of fairground rides. We didn’t go on any of them because of how expensive they were, but they looked very Christmassy!

Carousel at Winter Wonderland, London

We were there for 2 hours and I think that was plenty of time, given that we didn’t participate in any of the bookable activities or go on any rides. I really enjoyed our time at Winter Wonderland and will definitely be going back next year. If you get a chance to visit before the festive season is over, definitely stop by in the evening. Seeing all of the lights at night is extra special.

Have you ever been to Winter Wonderland?

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Love Kat xxxx



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