For some reason this year I have not been feeling very festive as much as I usually do in December. And so, when we decided to book a ticket to Winter Wonderland.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London, is somewhere I have wanted to visit for many years and so I was excited to visit and experience the festivities and the atmosphere. In the hope that I would feel more festive. I went to Winter Wonderland with my partner, one of my little sisters and her friend. It started off a bit stressful due to cancelled or delayed trains. But we made it.
If you haven’t been to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. It has a Christmas market, fun fair rides, a variety of food trucks and stalls, an ice rink, lots of fun fair games as well as music tents. There is so much to experience and do for a variety of ages. It was £7.50 for admission, but if you book rides ahead of time you can get your admission for free.
We got to enjoy drinks, I stayed on hot chocolate because I was ridiculously cold and it helped me stay warm. I was concerned (having not visited before) how accessible it was going to be as well as how much seating was available, as I would need to take breaks and rest. I found a few tented areas to sit, but I didn’t find other seating and so I struggled a bit more. If you do require rests be aware of the seating availability and where it is located.
Walking through Hyde Park was a multi-sensory experience. You had Christmas music, lights and the smells of various food places. It was a really positive and festive atmosphere.
I think if we were going to go again we would book on a different day. As we went on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm, it was incredibly busy and only got busier as the day went on. I would definitely go earlier on the weekend or during the week. So if you do not want to queue for over an hour or more for rides definitely pick an off-peak time.
Tips I would give to people who are looking to go to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park:
- Book your tickets for rides online when you book your admission to save money and save queuing for long periods at rides.
- If you can, choose an off-peak time.
- Definitely head to the rides you want to go on first.
- To avoid waiting, do not take a bag.
- Wrap up warm as it be so cold, especially if you are like me and feel the cold more.
- Travelling to Hyde Park by tube, use Hyde Park Corner as it is the smallest walking distance to the venue.
- You do not need wellies. There may be mut at the entrances and exits but it is minimal. The Winter Wonderland grounds are covered with boards/flooring so your feet will stay dry (if it is not raining of course). Just be careful of the connections as I did find them to be a slight trip hazard. Luckily I had support. So be careful if you are unsteady on your feet.
I definitely feel more festive after visiting there. We have planned in the next week to go to Covent Gardens to see the lights and experience the lights around London. I am really excited to see as many as possible. Thank goodness for thermal clothing. If you want to see my experiences you can head over to my Instagram for pictures and reels.
Have you ever been to Winter Wonderland Hyde Park? Or a Winter Wonderland near you? I’d love to hear what places you have visited that are also festive in the comments.