Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ferris Wheel
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.
The Aipen Hotel, a theme walk of sorts
Who can resist a carousel ride?
Not me... whee!
One of the wet children ride
The Pirate Ship
Ho, ho ho!
One of the many swing rides
Santa Claus Express that goes round the kiddy rides corner
Food, crafts and mull wine!
Fancy trying your luck to get a soft toy?
How can we miss the London bus?
Smoke salmon, the proper way to do it...
There's no escaping this for moms and dads...
Snowball gamestall? Erm, it's really basketball, isn't it?
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink - tickets are sold out pretty fast
It can get quite crowded at the ice skating rink sometimes
Red, white and curry sausages
Boy, it's darn hard to win one of these things at the game stall
No signs of crowds thinning at Winter Wonderland
Ready for the plunge?
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park - London biggest Christmas market gets bigger