It’s less than 3 weeks to go
until Christmas (27 days FYI) and to get me into the Christmas spirit, I
visited Winter Wonderland in London for a super Christmassy evening…
It’s Winter Wonderland’s 10th
anniversary this year so we were expecting big things – and it certainly didn’t
Winter Wonderland attractions
We headed to the Giant
Observation Wheel first; a 60-metre-high wheel with views across Hyde Park and
the London skyline. It was good fun, but if I’m honest, the pods were pretty
grotty to look out of and it was hard to take any decent photographs. For 4 of
us, we paid £45 and it felt as if it didn’t quite live up to the price but, it
was still good fun!
This photo really doesn’t do it enough justice as that’s just once section of the view, but the park is HUGE this year. We did around 5k steps just walking around!
Alongside the wheel, there is also an ice skating rink, magical ice kingdom, ice bar, circus and shows. So there’s plenty there to make a day of it. You can book on the day but it’s good to book in advance, just in case it’s fully booked when you get there!
Winter Wonderland rides
There are over 100 rides and
attractions there this year, including the Munich Looping rollercoaster which
is new to this year. None of us could stomach the ride so instead, we went on the
Waltzer! Alongside traditional fair ground rides and rollercoasters, then are dozens of walk through attractions, rollercoasters and free-falling rides.
You pay for the rides and attractions via tokens, which you buy at booths that are dotted around the park. This Waltzer cost £5pp which I didn’t mind too much because it was the only ride I was planning on going on.
But for those who would want to go on a lot of rides, it would cost an absolute fortune. But, it’s Christmas and we all work hard for our pennies so, enjoy ya selves!
Winter Wonderland food and drink
There are hundreds of food and
drink stands; name a food and they’ve got it! From fresh bratwurst hot dogs to
dirty fries, mac n’ cheese to kangaroo burgers, and curly fries to pasta
dishes! Not forgetting the sweet treats, including fresh doughnuts, crepes,
waffles and churros – to name a few! I really wanted to try a Bailey’s hot
chocolate but we all settled for a good ol’ Cadburys hot chocolate with whipped
cream and a flake – equally delish.
You’re allowed to take your own food and drink into the park which I think is fair, considering how steep some of the food is priced at… but, 1) you’re in London and 2) you’re paying for the convenience. Besides, it’s a lovely treat!
Winter Wonderland Christmas markets
I love how they’ve laid out Winter
Wonderland this year. The market this year is nestled into it all, as opposed
to on the outside like previous years. There are hundreds of market stalls,
selling Christmas trinkets, gifts, wreathes, wooden carvings and allll the warm
clothes. The market has definitely “upgraded” since previous years, there’s
nothing tacky about it this year!
I loved the little ornaments and christmas decor stands GALORE that were there this year. There was even a stand where you could have your ornament personalised for free, which I think is such a super sweet touch.
Winter Wonderland Bavarian Village
I didn’t venture into here on
this occasion but, there were dozens of bars with live music, roaring fires,
barrels of mulled wine and cider and cute fairy lights lighting up all the outdoor
comfy seating areas. It has a really fun vibe here this year and it would be
such a fab way to spend a Friday evening, sipping hot mulled drinks under the Christmas
Winter Wonderland has really
upped its game this year, (in my opinion!) and I hope I can squeeze another
visit here before Christmas has officially arrived!
I love the fact it’s free to walk in and around the park, so it can be a super cheap evening or date night if you just fancy a stroll around to have a look and get immerced in the atmosphere!
Are you going to Winter
Wonderland this year?
Blogger has TOTALLY decreased the quality of these photographs. Does anyone know how to fix this?!