Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park - London biggest Christmas market gets bigger

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Ferris Wheel
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ferris Wheel

Winter Wonderland (Hyde Park)
www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Address: Hyde Park
London W2 2UH
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
(closed on Christmas Day)
Nearest Tube station: Hyde Park Corner
It's the time of the year when Hyde Park comes alive with the largest Christmas fair in the UK. This time round with a grand total of 38 rides, game stalls and attractions, coupled with 25 cafes and bars, the Winter Wonderland has outdone itself again.

Boosting an ice rink, Zippos Circus, Santas Grotto, Giant Observation Wheel and a Magical Ice Kingdom, you can hardly be blamed for not covering everything in a single day. Perhaps we would even get temporary B&B next year.

Set near the southeast end of Hyde Park, the nearest tube station would be Hyde Park Corner. Once you surface, you' be a stone's throw to the Winter Wonderland's entrance. A walk through dozens of crafts stalls at Angel's Market greets you followed by Yuletide Market where a whole host of children rides. That is followed by the likes of roller coaster rides and even a zip line. Even Jamie Oliver joins in the party with his Fabulous Feasts stall.

With rides costing a minimum of £2 per person (parent accompanying young children has to pay too), you'd run out of cash pretty fast. As far as I can see, all game stalls and rides take only tokens and food stalls accept only cash. Fortunately both token stations and cash machines are dotted strategically around the fair - just ask any staff for their location. The only catch - there is a £2.75 charge for each cash withdrawal from the cash machines so bring enough cash. If need be, the token station at Santa Land (west of fair at the kiddy ride section) accepts credit cards.

With Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, London is no longer grey during the winter months. One things for sure, I'm heading back there again next weekend.

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park 2012 Aipen Hotel
The Aipen Hotel, a theme walk of sorts

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park carousel
Who can resist a carousel ride?

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Carousel horse
Not me... whee!

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Penguin Falls
One of the wet children ride

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Pirate Ship
The Pirate Ship

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Santa Claus
Ho, ho ho!

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Swings
One of the many swing rides

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park train
Santa Claus Express that goes round the kiddy rides corner

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Food, crafts and mull wine!

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park game stall
Fancy trying your luck to get a soft toy?

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London bus
How can we miss the London bus?

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Smoked Salmon Bavarian Village
Smoke salmon, the proper way to do it...

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park balloons
There's no escaping this for moms and dads...

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park basketball game stall
Snowball gamestall? Erm, it's really basketball, isn't it? 

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park ice skating rink
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink - tickets are sold out pretty fast

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park ice skating rink
It can get quite crowded at the ice skating rink sometimes

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park sausages
Red, white and curry sausages

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park snowman soft toy
Boy, it's darn hard to win one of these things at the game stall

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
No signs of crowds thinning at Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park thrill ride
Ready for the plunge? 


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