We all know that #TeamCoco are already kicking ourselves into gear for Festive season prep, it’s never too early, yes we said it Christmas is coming and that means Winter Wonderland is back in Hyde Park for another year, this year even more special as it’s celebrating 10 years of festive traditions…
Returning on 18th November 2016 for 6-weeks of festive-fuelled fun, visitors will be able to experience the UK’s no.1 Christmas destination with FREE entry onto the site, and the return of much-loved attractions that have become a tradition for Londoners, visitors and tourists alike. Tickets are on sale now for the main attractions and more exciting new attractions, shows and rides will be announced soon.
Head over to the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink, stretching over 1,600m2. This will once again be located around the picturesque Victorian bandstand, on which there will be live music played throughout the day and night as skaters take to the ice for a spin. For those who want to gaze at the action from above, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel will illuminate the skyline.
New this year, the Magical Ice Kingdom presents An Arctic Adventure – a thrilling experience taking adults and children on a voyage across the sea to a frozen island. Guests will see icebergs, a shipwreck trapped in an arctic ice flow, and will be able to explore a lost island on their search for the Palace of the Polar Bears. On your journey, go fishing with the Inuits, take refuge in an igloo and have your photo taken with a giant polar bear. Filled to the brim with awe-inspiring snow and ice sculptures, the Magical Ice Kingdom is the biggest ice and snow sculpture experience of its kind in the UK.
Winter Wonderland is also perfect for those looking to do some Christmas shopping whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland boasts a traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets. The Angels Christmas Market and Fairies Market offer unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
Once you’ve bought gifts for all your family and friends, head over to the hugely popular Bavarian Village. Relax in the Bavarian Beer Gardens with covered seating, outdoor bars, cafes and food stalls. There’s Bratwurst aplenty, assorted grills, plus traditional dishes in the sit-down restaurants. Enjoy a mulled wine, hot cider or beer from one of the outdoor bars, or warm up with a hot chocolate. At night, enjoy the festive atmosphere in the Bavarian Hall. With free live music, join the sing-a-long to Oom-pah bands and dance the night away. It’s the perfect destination for after work socializing.
For those who want to wander around taking in the sites, there is a host of food and drink available around the venue, with a range of themed stands, bars, cafes and even sit-down restaurants. Rest assured that wherever you go you’re never far away from the smell of mulled wine!
For the evening crowd, head to Cirque Berserk for some daredevil action! This jaw-dropping and fast-paced show combines well-honed skills and off-the-scale feats that will leave you gasping. Treat yourself to a VIP experience, with a private box with champagne & chocolates and fast-track entry.
Also returning by popular demand is Bar Ice. This year there will be two bars on offer, whilst maintaining the intimate feel guests love. Relax from the stresses of everyday life with a chilled cocktail in the stunning arctic environment, with handcrafted bars, tables, walls and sculptures glistening with ice.
For those adrenaline-seekers, there’s an array of traditional and high energy rides to explore. Rank up the speed on a range of spectacular rollercoasters and heart pumping rides, alternatively there’s also hilarious themed funhouses, ghost rides and try-your-luck games for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground.
For over 10 years, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has been popular with members of the Royal family and the celebrity crowd, those who have been spotted enjoying the festive treats have included: Duchess of Cambridge & Prince George, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, 1D, Elle Macpherson, Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton, Damien Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Amanda Holden, Uma Thurman, Suki Waterhouse, Rod Stewart & Penny Lancaster, Chris Martin, Tom Cruise, Liam Gallagher, Elizabeth Hurley and David Furnish.
Register at www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com for further announcements of new attractions, shows and rides coming to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this year.
Dates: Friday 18th November 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017 (closed on Christmas Day)
Times: 10am – 10pm daily (Except Friday 18th November – opens at 5pm)
Entry: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, there is no admission fee
Online booking: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com