Walking in a Winter Wonderland

winter wonderland
As a child I watched the Christmas films with envy. All the snow, twinkling lights and markets surrounding massive ice rinks with bands playing from a beautiful marquee.

As far as I was concerned it was impossible to get somewhere so beautiful that wasn’t on an American film set.

I was wrong…

London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a real life Christmas fairytale. With its Lycamobile Ice Rink set around the Victorian bandstand and illuminated with 100,000 lights.
ice rink
The magical Ice Kingdom is an awe-inspiring fantastical world of real ice and snow, as part of the Arctic Circle. Complete with giant’s forest, ice trolls and beautiful ice swans. Also have a drink in the Nordic Bar.
ice
Hire a pod in the giant observation wheel and take in Hyde Park in style. From the top of the wheel take in the London skyline with a glass of bubbly.
Hyde Park Observation Wheel
Shopping is another major attraction in Hyde Park with a massive selection of jewellery, accessories, clothing and culinary delights. Theres also lots of stalls selling personalised leather and quirky gifts.
stallsdecor
Numerous cafes and bars line the park. Spoilt for choice, we went into the Carousel Bar (the dance floor spins as you drink) but there is many more if that idea is enough to make your German beer make an appearance again after its been devoured. Enjoy a mulled wine in the Fire Pit and a hog roast in the Star Tavern and Village Square.
carousel barmulled winefire pit
Another personal favourite is The House of St Nicholas which is a charming wooden chalet with real log fires and a great atmosphere. A short walk from here is the famous Serpentine which is beautifully lit at night and we were lucky enough to stumble on a family of swans that had gathered on the bank to enjoy left over crepes and pretzels.

It really is an amazing place and even if you just decide just to walk around and take it all in you will not be disappointed. The sounds of chimes, bells and Christmas music. The smell of cinnamon and gingerbread and festive feeling stays with you long after you leave.

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