Bright lights, big city: a time of year when London is alive with the Christmas buzz.
London is undoubtedly a stunning metropolis, but this special time of year gives the city a particular charm. There’s almost a sensation of wandering through the real-life pages of a classic novel. The streets are lit up, lavish lights adorn buildings and trees while all the people are warmly wrapped up, casually strolling around in amazement at the magical atmosphere. I suppose that you could say that London really does feel like a Winter Wonderland.
And speaking of Winter Wonderlands, the spectacular one located in Hyde Park is certainly something not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or a local.
The largest of the Royal Parks in the heart of London, Hyde Park welcomes millions of visitors every year and houses many famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. It is the perfect place for a Winter Wonderland.
Open every day until 6th January 2019 (except Christmas Day – it’s not just Father Christmas and the elves that warrant a well-earned break!) from 10 AM till 10 PM, the Wonderland contains all sorts of activities and things to do for families and friends.
For those who want to soak up the jollity of Christmas then a great start is walking around the Christmas market. Here you will be able to get lost weaving in between the many huts and market stalls which offer a wide plethora of potential gifts, treats and stocking fillers. The warm drinks and food will help keep you warm if you’re there on a chilly evening!
Once you’ve had a good gander at the market, Santa Land should be next on the list, especially for those with children. There are some smaller rides and the kids’ faces will light up when they have the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto.
However, if you’re naturally more of a daredevil, then there’s no doubt that you’ll be in your natural habitat once you’re in and amongst the many rollercoasters that Winter Wonderland boasts. The piece de resistance of the rides is definitely the Wilde Maus XXL. This is the world’s largest portable Wild Mouse roller coaster – it is even the first portable roller coaster to provide a VR option for those enthralled by the technological world.
The final highlight is the Bavarian Village. Who needs Oktoberfest when Oktoberfest can visit you and above all at Christmas time? The massive German-themed food and drink village, featuring multiple musical groups and acts is a splendid way to top off a trip to Winter wonderland.
Once your boots have been filled with mulled wine, hot drinks, food, sweets and other delicious treats, you’re not at all far from a number of tube stations so there’s no problems getting home. But if you’re itching for more fun after the thrills of the rides, then you’re already in Central London. So, there are many places and ways to carry on the festive fun. After all, you’re not too far from Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Soho.
So, if you’re looking to have a splendid winter evening or longing to get into the Christmas spirit in the vibrant city of bright lights, you won’t be disappointed with Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in the British capital.