Have you visited the Winter Wonderland yet?

Have you visited Winter Wonderland yet?

When I was a budding lawyer in my twenties with no kids and lots of spare time, my husband and I decided to sample the first ever Winter Wonderland hosted at Hyde Park in London, back in 2007. We rounded up some of our colleagues and headed to the Wonderland on a cold evening after work, to enjoy the new Bavarian bars, German sausage hotdogs and a few of the Christmas stalls that were spread out sparsely throughout the park. Fast forward a decade and Winter Wonderland has transformed into a bustling winter extravaganza, chock full of ice skating, roller coaster rides, family shows, street food stalls, festive bars and even live music. It was free to visit the Winter Wonderland in 2007, and it is still gratis to enter now. However, this year we are going again with our two boys, and we have set our sights on the family-specific activities and amenities that Winter Wonderland has got to offer.

Have you been to Winter Wonderland yet? If not, here are some reasons why you should:

Winter Wonderland is free to visit

Winter Wonderland is free to visit Fairground ride at winter wonderland

Birds eye view of Winter Wonderland

Even if all you end up doing is walking around the park, then you would have at least enjoyed a lovely free visit to London and the festive atmosphere of a buzzing Christmas market – the lights are so pretty! However, if you have allocated some sort of budget (as it can get dear), there are some shows you would need to pre-book on Winter Wonderland’s website, to experience the Wonderland in full glory. These are the following:

(Prices are for one family ticket unless otherwise stated)

Ice skating (£42)

The Sooty Christmas Show (£20)

Cirque Berserk (£36)

Zippos Christmas Circus (£36)

Giant Wheel (£24)

The Magical Ice Kingdom (£32)

Bar Ice (one Standard ticket costs £16 each)

Cinderella on Ice (£63.80)

Bar Hütte (two adults costs £36, and two children costs £18)

“I think taking time and allotting budget for the Winter Wonderland is all about making good memories for Christmas. I would take any opportunity I have to show my daughter the magic of Christmas. As I always say, it is important for me to have my daughter experience the kind of happiness I felt when I was young.”

Winter Wonderland

“We love taking our little girl to winter wonderland; it is so magical, and proper gets us all into the Christmas spirit. It can get expensive so make a budget before you go and maybe take your snacks!” 

Winter Wonderland captures the magic of Christmas

Winter Wonderland captures the magic of Christmas

If there ever was a way to feel truly festive over the Christmas period, it is at Winter Wonderland. Everywhere you go, you’ll find Christmas markets offering a beautiful array of Christmas jewellery, accessories, clothing, handmade crafts, decorations and so much more. You even get to see Santa! And, if you’re feeling a little chilly, head over to one of the marquees for a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for the kiddies (of all ages) or a cosy mulled wine for the adults.

Eating at Winter Wonderland

“The look of wonder and excitement on their faces when they get there is wonderful and something you will always remember. (Even if they go a bit feral when they see lots of things they desperately want!)” http://www.yorkshirewonders.co.uk Hangover at Winter Wonderland “Hubby and I have been every year since we have been together and last year Ben joined us. Different atmosphere with a child but still amazingly magical, especially when your trip involved seeing Santa for the first time www.mrsmummyharris.co.uk

There is something to do for everyone

There is something to do for everyone

With over 100 rides and attractions, there is something for kids of all ages. Either enjoy ice skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, or visit the Magical Ice Kingdom for a deep-sea adventure. Alternatively, perhaps the circus show would be more your cup of mulled wine? Alternatively, you can just check out the stunning views of London in the Giant Observation Wheel. If you get there early you can try them all!

Fairground ride

“We took our boys aged 7-9 last a Christmas to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It was all a surprise for them!

On the train up I had made them activity bags all connected to the weekend to give them clues along our journey! They loved it! Insert warning to book seats as it was dangerously busy on the trains. On our return we could not risk travelling on our scheduled train so had to upgrade as people were sitting on all floors and toilets – a painful mistake to the bank balance!

I am so glad I did my homework and booked in advance the essentials things we knew they would love and wouldn’t involve queuing!

The lights, atmosphere, and it is all so professionally run helps the magic was perfect for this age.

The adult groups that were heading for the bars were arriving When we were heading back to the hotel after a fantastic day and evening😆

It truly is a magical experience 

There is something to do for everyone at winter wonderland

 More information on how to get to the Winter Wonderland and what to expect

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is in the heart of London’s Hyde Park and covers 350 acres. Weekends can get very busy so either arrive early or during the week to experience Winter Wonderland at a more relaxed pace. The park is open until 1st January 2018, from 10 am until 10 pm, except for Christmas Day. If you’re coming from afar be sure to get your London Pass, which will save you some money on the transport as well. You can use the money you saved on all those Christmassy delights at Winter Wonderland! 🙂

If you have visited Winter Wonderland before, please share your experiences and tips with us below.

*All images are taken by Preston Perfect Photography unless otherwise stated and feature Winter Wonderland in 2015*

*Prices above are correct as at December 2017*

*Collaborative feature post*

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/