Winter Wonderland in Hyde park is the place you want to go to when you need some Christmas cheer and a lovely day out with all your friends, family, and even colleagues if you’re lucky enough to live in an around Central London. Here is my guide to ensure that you have the best time and get the most out of Winter Wonderland no matter what your budget is!
Winter Wonderland is open every day between 10am and 10pm Monday to Sunday in London’s Hyde Park! It opens on the 18th November and stays open until the 2nd of January so you’ve got plenty of time to plan your trip or make loads of trips! The best thing about it is that it’s free to get in! This means that you can spend the whole day walking around taking the sights in and you don’t have to spend a penny whatsoever! – RESULT.
How to get there via tube:
You can get the Piccadilly line (dark blue) to either Green Park, or Hyde Park corner, usually they ask you to get off at Green Park but that’s okay as it’s only a 5 minute walk through the park and there are lots of signs pointing you in the right direction to Winter Wonderland. The tube is even more packed than usual around these stops once Winter Wonderland is open so stay safe and don’t lose who you’re with! There are plenty of stops such as Marble Arch on other lines too which take you direct to the Hyde Park area.
What to do before you go:
- WRAP UP WARM:its winter wonderland people! It’s going to be cold, make sure you take a coat, gloves and scarf as you don’t want to be in a bad mood because you’re cold! Also think of all of those instagram worthy pictures of you in your winter wardrobe in front of all of the pretty lights!
- TAKE CASH:once you get into Winter Wonderland there are card machines, but they charge you, so take plenty of cash as you don’t want to be the one friend that everyone has to go with to find a cash point, or that one friend who has no money!
- Download the APP or look online at the MAP:This way you can decide what entrance you want to go through and what attractions you may one to visit, or in my case WHERE THE BAR IS! hehe. The app is also really helpful to have when you’re in Winter Wonderland for finding things such as toilets, rides and exits!
When is the best time to go?
Families with young kids – early in the day, say 10 or 11. Then adults get there for about 2pm, at this time you don’t need to que to get in, and you get to see winter wonderland in daytime and night time as it gets dark about 4ish. There are less people around at this time and you can spend a bit more time looking around. Also if you’re going on a weekend and want to go into the Bavarian hall for drinks you need to be in for 6pm otherwise you’ll be looking in for hours stood in the que whilst everyone else is partying!
What you can do at Winter Wonderland?
Everything Christmassy! You can go ice skating, go round the German market and eat lots of Christmas food, go into the ice bar and see the ice sculptures, drink mulled wine, have a dance with your mates in the Bavarian Hall, sit round and watch Christmas tribute acts and live music. You can Go and see Santa, go on the most amazing rides, play hook a duck and all those types of fairground games, buy some Christmas crafts and admire all of the Christmas twinkling lights and beauty of Hyde Park.
Most things are free to do, however for things such as ice skating and the ice bar you have to buy tickets before you go Winter Wonderland, I think you can do this on their website. The first year I wanted to do ALL of the attractions but we ended up just having a walk round, going on rides and eating far too many crepes and ending up having a dance in the Bavarian hall! You can have the best time without going on any of attractions but the ice skating in particular just looks magical!
Cost for Food and Drink/ Activities:
Remember you’re in the middle of central London so it’s going to be quite pricey. Food starts around £4 for a crepe, or chips and goes to more like £6 is you want a burger or German sausage. Last year’s beer was £5 a pint; you could also get bottles of fruit cider for £5 too. Mulled wine was more expensive between £6 and £8. I think soft drinks were about £3. I would recommend saving up a bit of money before you go so you can do everything you want and make a proper day of it! Ice skating and other activities cost between £10 and £20 each, which isn’t too bad for an hour/ hour and a half. A lot of the fairground style games are about £2-£4 but you win a price every time so it’s worth it in my eyes! Rides are anything over £6!
p.s these pictures are all my own took at the 2015 Winter Wonderland, please request my permission before using them x