If you want to get the Christmas spirit and take your friends and family to a place where magic can happen, then Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the place. It opened on the 19th November and it stays open until 4th January, so if you’re visiting London during this time you should definitely spend a few hours in Hyde Park.
It is very easy to get there. All you have to do is take the Piccadilly Line to Hyde Park Corner and there are signs telling you where to go. When you get over ground you can see Winter Wonderland across the road.
It is the perfect way to get the Christmas spirit. They play Christmas music everywhere and a visit to see Santa is just the thing to do for the kids. There is no charge to visit Santa and the entrance to Winter Wonderland is also free of charge.
You will not go hungry or thirsty during your hours as there are plenty of small booths that sell hot and cold beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and also bratwursts, waffles and gingerbread to mention a few.
There are several attractions for everyone to enjoy, such as a haunted mansion, London fun bus, pirates adventure, winter cirque and snow slide and many more. Everyone will have fun, but you will have to buy tokens in one of the many ticket booths around. Some of the attractions are a bit expensive, like the giant observation wheel and the ice rink. But I believe it is worth it to go skating here as the ticket includes skate hire and you’re sure to have a good time.
There are also several booths where you can buy sweets and souvenirs and it is very nice to walk around and take it all in. As it is getting very cold in London now I would recommend to wear a lot of warm clothes as you are walking outside all the time (we saw several people not wearing much and they sure looked cold). I think this is a place where everyone should spend a couple of hours before Christmas as it truly is amazing. I also think it was romantic to walk around and cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and really get into the Christmas spirit.
All of the pictures are my own.