London's most spectacular winter attraction returns to Hyde Park!!
‘Winter Wonderland is a little bit of festive fairytale magic in the heart of London’, The Guardian
On 22nd November, an even more dazzling WINTER WONDERLAND will return to HYDE PARK, following a phenomenal first year which saw in excess of HALF MILLION visitors to the festive attraction. Set in the world famous HYDE PARK, this spectacular landmark will return for a massive six weeks until 4th January 2009. The whole of WINTER WONDERLAND is open from 10am to 10pm every day, seven days a week across 3200²m of historic parkland.
WINTER WONDERLAND will once again focus on the Ice Rink which London Lite called ‘The biggest and the best’. London’s largest Ice Rink presents a cool 45 days skating set against the City’s most stunning natural backdrop. Back by popular demand, the iconic 50 metre Giant Observation Wheel will yet again offer magnificent views over the Capital. This year’s toboggan slide promises to be even more thrilling than last year, and it doesn’t stop there: WINTER WONDERLAND will see the return of traditional and modern attractions & the introduction of many new ones, and there will be an even wider variety of themed rides for children.
WINTER WONDERLAND will see the return of the authentic German Market which will double in size, and offer a staggering variety of arts & crafts stalls, as well as Germanic food & beverages offering an atmospheric setting for Christmas shopping. As well as perennial favourites such as German sausages, mulled wine & hot chocolate, WINTER WONDERLAND 2008 will offer a vastly increased variety of festive catering from around the world: ranging from food stalls to heated cafes & fully seated diners: to beautifully presented indoor & outdoor bars offering food and drink to enjoy at the event, as well the opportunity to buy gourmet gifts to take home.
A visit to WINTER WONDERLAND wouldn’t be complete without meeting Santa (named ‘Best Outdoor Experience’ by Time Out’s ‘Good Santa Guide’) and once again this will be free, with each child being given a special gift! Father Christmas will be at the Hyde Park bandstand along with his elves every day, right up until Christmas Eve.
The magical atmosphere of WINTER WONDERLAND comes alive in the evenings when choirs perform and the trees along the Serpentine Road sparkle with thousands of Christmas lights, highlighting the beauty of London’s best loved park. As the Daily Express wrote ‘London’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect event for families, friends and colleagues to delight in the magical atmosphere of London this Christmas’.
WINTER WONDERLAND is free to enter with tokens for all rides and attractions available for purchase on the day, however advance booking is available and is strongly recommended for the ice rink and giant wheel.
I visited Winter Wonderland last Saturday with my family and as expected it was extremely busy and very impressive. I have three children who all wanted to go on the rides, they went on two rides each and I paid £23. We booked Zippo's circus in advance and my five year old was really excited. We had to queue to go in (no problem) except the lady on the food counter was extremely abrupt and quite rude about where you had to queue. Once inside it's a real squeeze and the seats are very small. The show lasted 45 minutes and it was actually very embarrassing - the 'clowns' were not at all funny (even my children didn't laugh), the performers were amateurish and at one point I was hiding behind my scarf as the girl doing the hoop performance as she dropped them a couple of times. I have seen zippo's before and was very impressed but this was yet another poor show in London just trying to get as many people through the door, taking their money and forgetting that it should be about the children especially at Christmas - a real shame.