A guide to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

A visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park should be at the top of Christmas activities to enjoy in London during your serviced apartment stay.

Christmas is well on its way and amidst all the organising, buying and wrapping presents, it’s worth taking a little time to yourself to get into the festive spirit. This is made much easier if you are away from home for a little while, as you can close the door on all those preparations. If you’re visiting London for your serviced apartment stay, then you are particularly lucky as there’s lots of Christmassy stuff going on in the capital.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is now in its tenth year and bigger and better than ever before. So gather your family or friends about you and embrace the Christmas spirit and leave the wrapping for later.

The lowdown

Basically, Winter Wonderland is your one-stop shop for all things Christmassy, from winter markets and ice skating to fairground rides and grottoes, this corner of London has everything you need to welcome the festive spirit all in one place. Running from now until January 2nd, head to Hyde Park between 10am and 10pm daily (apart from Christmas Day, but we’re sure you’ll have other things to do then).

While entry into Winter Wonderland itself if free, you do need to buy tickets for some of the individual elements, such as the ice skating and giant wheel. This is best done in advance to avoid disappointment, but can be easily achieved on the website. Hop off the Tube at Marble Arch, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria or Knightsbridge and Hyde Park is just a short walk away. There’s even a Winter Wonderland app to help you plan your visit.

Christmas Market

You may want to get some Christmas shopping done at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market or simply soak up the festive atmosphere. There are more than 200 Bavarian-style wooden huts for you to peruse, selling everything from handicrafts and jewellery to clothing and accessories, meaning you’re bound to be tempted by something.

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Refuelling

The food and drink offerings at Winter Wonderland are an attraction in themselves and there’s a space to suit you, whatever your tastes. Perhaps you’d like to chill at the Ice Bar or maybe toast some marshmallows around the Fire Pit. The Apres Ski Chalet will make you feel like you’ve just come off the slopes, while the Bavarian Beer Gardens will allow you to enjoy the best of Germany’s seasonal hearty food, all washed down with a festive tipple.

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Ice skating

Set against the backdrop of Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand and with twinkling lights overhead, the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK is a great place to have some fun. Whether you see yourself as a budding Torvill or Dean or you’re more like Bambi, it’s a lovely way to embrace the colder weather and get a bit of exercise before you enjoy some festive treats.

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Cirque Berserk

Each evening, Cirque Berserk will put on three performances of its incredible daredevil show, leaving audiences wondering just how it’s all done. From fascinating stunts to beautiful acrobatics, you’ll be enchanted by the talents on show. The Megadome is heated, so you can sit back and relax as it all unfolds.

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Giant Observation Wheel

Riding the wheel is a different experience during the day as it is in the evening, so it depends when you are visiting Winter Wonderland what you will see. In the daytime, the park opens up in front of you and you’ll get a real feeling of the scale. In the evening, there are the twinkling lights and all the attractions, which look all the more magical from this distance.

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The Magical Ice Kingdom

A new addition for 2016, The Magical Ice Kingdom has been created with more than 500 tonnes of ice and snow, making it truly exceptional. From a shipwreck caught in the ice to the Polar Bear Palace and fishing with the Inuits, there is something exciting to see at every step of your journey.

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