IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE! My blog has seriously lacked Christmas posts this December and I’m sorry about that! Whilst it looks like I’ve been a bit of a scrooge, I’ve actually being gallivanting to try and visit as many Christmas markets as I can. The best part about a Christmas market for me is the twinkly lights, the jolly atmosphere and the hearty food! I don’t tend to buy an awful lot from the markets as I usually get most of my gifts online but I love to take in the festive atmosphere nonetheless. This year I’ve visited local markets such as the Stewart Park Frost Fair and the Luxury Christmas Fayre at Gisborough Hall as well as markets further afield like the Berlin Christmas markets and Winter Wonderland in London which is what I’m talking about today.
A couple of weeks ago me and my mam went to London for the Royal Variety Performance and decided to pop along to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park to take in some of the festive feels. Winter Wonderland offers free entry which makes it really accessible for everybody. Despite free entry, there are a lot of things you have to pay for in there. If you plan on taking your children who want to go on the rides and watch the entertainment, you’re going to be in for an expensive trip! But when in London, you can’t expect things to come cheap, can you?
I love a good ferris wheel and the one at Winter Wonderland is insanely big! Along with this there’s loads of cool rides (both traditional and more modern) for the adrenaline junkies to enjoy. The wonderland is split into different themed sections such as Santa Land, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Pirate Island and Circus Town which is great for covering the park sections by section. There are plenty of shows you can buy tickets to watch including circus acts and dancing on ice which would be fun for all of the family. Winter Wonderland is huge and would take a few hours just to look around the entire park without stopping – I’d recommend setting aside at least three hours.
If you’re not really into rides and don’t fancy paying for the entertainment shows there are plenty of Christmas market stalls selling beautiful, handmade gifts that you can look around. There’s also hundreds of food and drink stalls where you can grab a mulled wine and some churros and take in the atmosphere. Winter Wonderland will be at Hyde Park until Monday 2nd January so there’s still time to go!
Whether you’re still looking for some last minute gift wrapping ideas or maybe you’re all set for the big man coming and you want to make some treats for Santa and his reindeers with an easy Christmas recipe, I hope you all have a very happy Christmas with your loved ones.