Winter Wonderland, London’s Ultimate Christmas Attraction

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

Only here on Travel with Pedro can you go all the way from Iraqi Kurdistan to London’s ultimate Christmas themed attraction!

This week a friend of mine who lives in the south of England came to see me in London, and I took him to visit Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park. For those who are not familiar, it is a mix of Germanic style Christmas markets and amusement park, and it makes for a great day out.

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

The event first took place back n 2008, when it received a lot of criticism from people used to their (original) counterparts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. At the time many (including moi) people felt London could have done a much better job with a larger market and no amusement park.

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

Since then, the event has been growing year after year, and what we found this week was a very large Christmas market with a very authentic feel. You can find many wooden stalls selling everything from Christmas decoration to winter clothes and accessories, as well as sweets and the odd nick-nacks. There was one particular stall selling a tube with a white material to make your very own artificial snow for £3 (USD5, €3,70).

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

I was there late afternoon and even though the place was very busy, it was still pleasant to walk around. There are some stalls selling food, although the prices are quite steep. I bought an Angus beef sandwich for £6.50 (USD11, €8). But the one thing I love in these markets is a nice and hot mulled wine, or Glüwein as the Germans call it. For those not familiar, it’s warm red wine mixed with spices such as cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and cloves. I found a very cosy wooden cabin with log fire, where I could get away from the cold and enjoy a couple of cups of the drink, which can be bought for £4 (USD6.70, €5) cup. For those who prefer a cold drink no matter the temperature, the large bar called Bavarian Village has a number different German beers.

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

There is also an ice rink, use of which must be booked in advance via Winter Wonderland’s official website. It was packed with very skilled ice skaters who should be competing on Dancing on Ice. I didn’t join the fun, as I didn’t want be falling over every two seconds!

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

Families with children will definitely enjoy the event, as there is something for everybody. There is an impressive ferris wheel and the little ones will be able to enjoy the mini-carrousel. Santa Claus also makes an appearance, posing for pictures with the little ones – and the not so little ones in some cases!

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

Many of the attractions at Winter Wonderland are undoubtedly very kitsch. But isn’t that true with everything that is Christmasy?

Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is open every day (except Christmas day) until 5th January, from 10am to 10pm, and the entrance is free.

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  • Agness Walewinder December 18, 2013, 5:03 am

    Pedro, you're an evil. You make me miss Europe in Christmas time a lot now! I miss London and Berlin Christmas markets and mulled wine!

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro December 18, 2013, 3:13 pm

      Hi Agness, I can imagine, because I was also missing the whole Christmas atmosphere where I was. I love these Christmas markets and hopefully you'll be around next Christmas, so we could a glass or two of mulled wine! :-)

  • London my dream destination December 26, 2013, 6:16 am

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  • Jeremy November 16, 2014, 10:58 pm

    I know Christmas markets are a big attraction in Europe, but this seems like the best of a very big lot … thanks for the very detailed photos!
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  • sbo December 9, 2014, 7:04 am

    Thank you for article.
    I want to go at least once in lives.

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