Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Is Back This Christmas

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Is Back This Christmas
The big wheel and glitzy lights of Winter Wonderland
Christmas is un-cancelled

Christmas is un-cancelled — or it is if you're one of the 2.5 million annual visitors who count Winter Wonderland a mandatory fixture of the festive season.

Like everything in 2020, Winter Wonderland was (fittingly) put on ice, but organisers have promised a return for the Hyde Park festival this year, with over 200 rides, attractions and games — plus enough bratwurst to feed Franconia.

A small boy is entranced by an ice sculpture at Winter Wonderland
Bring your wallet. Image: Dave Parry

From 19 November to 3 January, you can get stuck into the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, a brand new 'Ice Kingdom' experience, a 70s disco themed ice bar, Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, ice sculpting workshops, an Alpine themed pop-up restaurant serving raclette burgers, plus a ruddy great wheel.

Love or hate the concept of Winter Wonderland, it's heartening to see a major London event like this back in action, not least because it hints at a slightly more normal Christmas than the last.

A glittery gateway of fairy lights
Entry fees now apply to peak times. Image: Giles Smith

In past years, it's been free to enter, but there's a new system in place, which means while you're still free to roam during 'off-peak' times, you may end up forking out £5 for 'standard' entry or £7.50 for 'peak'. There is a way around this: spend £20 in advance. A couple of chimney cakes should about cover it.

Here's a video we made about Winter Wonderland in 2019:

Winter Wonderland is at Hyde Park from 19 November-3 January.

Last Updated 04 August 2021

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