Family Days Out: Winter Wonderland, London

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Step into the magic of Christmas at the renowned Winter Wonderland in London, which features more than 100 rides and attractions to keep children and adults alike entertained.

Located in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is free to enter and there is plenty of live music with entertainment to suit all tastes, ranging from 70s themed bands to disco to German oompah bands, creating a perfect atmosphere.

This year, you can walk through the fairy forest to discover a frozen lake and the ice queen at The Magical Ice Kingdom – the biggest ice and snow sculpture experience in the UK. Here you can also explore the ice palace, sit on the thrones and slide down the castle slide!

If you’re interested in ice skating, then make sure you head over to the Ski Zillertal Ice Rink where live music is played throughout the day and night as you skate.

Stretching over 1,600m2 it’s the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Always a sell-out, Zippos Circus features two shows: their daytime show for all the family, Zippos Christmas Circus – The Perfect Gift, and an evening show for older thrill seekers, Cirque Berserk.

Both are housed in the Mega Dome, the biggest circus venue in the UK standing over 65ft tall and designed especially for Winter Wonderland.

For the younger ones, why not hop over to Santa Land where you’ll find Father Christmas every day with his Elves and a sack of free gifts.

And if you fancy doing a bit of Christmas shopping while you’re here, then you’re in for a treat!

There are more than 200 chalets in the German Christmas market with lots of goodies on offer, from carved ornaments, Christmas decorations, candles and jewellery.

On one stall they were selling personalised Christmas decorations which I just had to buy.

The ornament I purchased is of a sparkly Christmas tree next to a fireplace from which hangs five Christmas stockings – each of which bears a name from our family.

Make sure you wrap up warm as it gets very cold if you’re visiting late into the night.

But fear not, there is plenty of hot food on offer in the Bavarian Village.

However, it’s worth mentioning that eating and drinking here can be expensive, especially if there is a large group of you.

A large bratwurst in a roll costs £6.50 while a pulled pork bap was a costly £8!

If you’re looking for a sweet treat instead, there’s also plenty of this on offer.

From freshly made waffles sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, to pancakes served with Nutella, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

I would highly recommend a visit if you can.

Yes, it can turn out expensive if you opt for food, drinks and a visit to the circus or a go on the rides.

However, it really is up to you as to how much you do and how much you spend.

The best advice I can give is to plan your visit and book key events before you go.

The atmosphere is great so you won’t be disappointed.

Opening times

Open daily from 10am-10pm until January 3 (excluding Christmas day).

Find out more information and plan your trip by visiting www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com.

Getting there

Once you’re in London, the best way to get to Winter Wonderland is via public transport.

There are many tube and mainline stations in close vicinity including Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington and Victoria.

Green Park station is best for step-free access.

Top tip

To get the most out of your visit, download the new app for an interactive map, personal planner, offers and a chance to win tickets to Winter Wonderland’s rides and attractions.

Also, it’s best to book key events, such as Zippos Circus, in advance to avoid disappointment.

You can download the app by visiting here.