There are so many wonderful things to see and do in London, that sometimes the most simple option for an afternoon excursion can be overlooked.
Hyde Park is a brilliant day out in its own right, but when the Winter Wonderland is in town, it is simply incredible.
There is so much Christmassy entertainment on offer that a day out here can quite easily spill over into the night and so it’s best to ensure you have your room booked at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel in advance.
Here are some of the picks that the park has to offer when it’s in full festive swing – there is no shortage of Christmas cheer here!
Lycamobile Ice Rink
Although its name is anything but festive, the way the ice rink has been decked out makes it look and feel very Christmassy indeed. Over 100,000 lights have been set up around the rink so at night it really comes to life with a sparkle.
The centrepiece comprises of an old Victorian bandstand, complete with Christmas tree emitting the true holiday spirit. The rink is open from 10am until 10am with skating intervals that last one hour throughout the day. To say this is popular is an understatement; make sure you book your ticket online to avoid disappointment.
There are rides for family members of all ages to enjoy at Winter Wonderland, which is what makes it such a hit with a wide variety of demographics.
For the thrill-seekers, there’s Air, Power Tower and the Winter Wonderland Express to get the blood pumping. Roller Coaster junkies will have their pick of three different rides, all guaranteed to ensure white knuckles. And the kids are also well looked after, with fun houses, traditional carousels and, for the brave ones, a spooky ghost train!
This part of the park operates on tokens which start at £2 for children and £3 for adults.
Zippos Christmas Circus
It’s ludicrous, it’s bizarre and it’s a whole lot of fun! Zippos Christmas Circus is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained with all manner of circus performers on hand to wow the audience. The Caribbean-themed extravaganza is packed full of world-class talent, from superb jugglers to jaw-dropping acrobatics. Excellent fun for the whole family.
If the above isn’t action-packed enough for you then Cirque Berserk’s new thrill show ‘MECHANIKA’ could be the one you want. This is a show right on the edge of contemporary performance as these daredevils throw themselves into the stunts with extraordinary energy. You won’t believe some of the things these guys are doing and that’s why this is the evening show. This performance is why seats have edges.
The Magical Ice Kingdom
Prepare to enter a world where everything is crafted from huge blocks of ice and fearsome dragons reign supreme. No, this is not the fifth season of Game of Thrones, it’s the magical ice kingdom in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
This incredible domain of real snow and ice is unique to the wonderland and is a real hit with children – don’t be surprised if you are amazed yourself.
Frosty fairies, noble knights, wintery wizards and a real fairytale atmosphere all make this an incredible day out.
A bar made completely of ice? Surely London isn’t that cold! Luckily it isn’t, but this bar has been created especially so that the temperature inside keeps the ice from melting – very cool indeed.
The bar, the chairs, the walls and, well, everything are made out of solid ice! It really is a remarkable feat of engineering. Even the glasses are made of ice!
You also needn’t worry about freezing while sipping your festively-themed cocktail as special winter cloaks are handed out on entry to this sub-zero speakeasy, ensuring only the ice stays cold here.
Because of how popular this novelty bar is, each experience lasts for a maximum of 40 minutes and tickets need to be pre-booked. It is advised that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your slot to avoid disappointment!
Whether you still need to do some last minute shopping, or you just need a break from being spun around on all the rides, the Christmas markets at Winter Wonderland won’t disappoint.
The stalls are lined with unique little gifts that range from the wonderfully tacky to the incredibly thoughtful, so no matter who you are buying for, you are sure to find something here.
Of course, there’s also no shortage of food and drink and there are plenty of stalls set up to satisfy your festive hunger and that unquenchable thirst for mulled wine that everyone seems to get around the end of December.
Winter Wonderland is open all the way through the Christmas period until January 4th, from 10am until 10pm so you still have plenty of time left to enjoy Hyde Park at its most festive.