Taking the family to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this Christmas? Read our guide
Over the past 10 years Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has become an integral part of the London Christmas experience. If you're taking your family, visiting during the week is a better idea to enjoy it at a more leisurely pace – so here’s a guide to help you make the most of your trip
Pick your time
Mumsnetters are split between whether to go first thing in the morning, when it's at its quietest, or later in the day. Most favour going early but you will miss out on some of the festive atmosphere if you do.
“It's amazing once it gets dark and all lit up, so if possible try and experience that too!”
Make sure you've booked one of the attractions
Beat the queues on the day by pre-booking one of the many ticketed attractions such as the ice-skating, big wheel or ice kingdom.
“Winter Wonderland is best if you've booked something, in my opinion.”
“We really enjoyed the ice sculptures and circus.”
Don't forget to take a snap with Santa
Santaland is a great spot for toddlers. The rides are all age-appropriate and this is where they'll get to meet Santa and take away a little present. There's even a professional photographer on hand to capture the moment.
“Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Doesn't get more festive than that!”
Refuel with some hearty fare
The Bavarian village is a covered section offering all manner of Germanic culinary delights. For the more adventurous sort there's bratwurst, gnocchi with cabbage and a lot of BBQ meats – Schweinebraten (roast pork chop) anyone? But fussy eaters are also catered for with cheesy pasta and pizza on the menu.
“The best things are the food and drink stalls!”
Taking the teenagers?
There's plenty to keep teenagers occupied here from the hair-raising antics at Cirque Berserk, to karaoke in a bookable Bar Hüttes with mocktails and lots of thrill-seeking rides.
“Last year with our daughter, aged 14, we did Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and just generally wandered round London for three days. It was fabulous and we're doing it again this year. Can't wait.”
Save time for some shopping
The Christmas market here features over 200 Bavarian-style huts selling all manner of festive whatnots from wooden tree decorations to festive glow sticks and jewellery.
“I got loads of Christmas presents from the market in there, but I am a sucker for twee.”
- There are plenty of changing facilities dotted around the event and the walkways make it easier if you're bringing a buggy. And with buggies in mind, the nearest step-free access tube station is Green Park.
- Children under the age of two don't need a ticket to the attractions if they sit on an adult's lap and child tickets are available for children aged between 2 and 12.
- Skating aids are available at the ice rink but they're on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking a party? An Ice Guide can look after up to 15 skaters and will be exclusive to your group for the whole of your skating session. Ice Guides cost £35 per hour-long skating session.
- For 2017, Winter Wonderland have renewed their security plans and additional safety measures will be in place – find out more about what they're doing to keep you safe.
Find out what's new to Winer Wonderland for 2017.