I am the biggest fan of Christmas I know. I love everything about it. The spirit, the joy, the giving, the food, the festivities… literally everything makes me smile. I live in London and I have easy access to the centre of it. Therefore it is an abomination that me, of all people, had never been to Winter Wonderland. I even wrote about it in my 20 before 20 post around this time last year…
I was determined to this year, even if I had to take myself. I did it, and honestly, I feel a lot more complete. Admittedly, part of my completion is a result of surface level excitement from finally making it there. However, there was more to it than that. There’s something really satisfactory about achieving your goals in life, be it big or small and this was one I’d been waiting to do for a while.
We head there relatively early because we happened to be going 2 days before Christmas like crazy people. Getting there early ensures that we to avoided the overcrowding that was bound to ensue later. Entry to the park it free, so the earlier you get their the better. We ended up waiting in line around 10 minutes, and after a quick bad search we embarked inside. I finally got to see Winter Wonderland in all its glory.
We didn’t go on many attractions, partly because of money and partly because we just wanted to walk around and explore a bit. However, we did happen to go on the big wheel. It was essentially the London Eye, but smaller with slightly less stable pods. As a fan of the London Eye, it was pretty ideal. I’m a sucker for a good vuew, and it allowed us to see the whole park with a birds-eye view. I have to admit, the view was really exciting.
The wheel also happened to be the first thing that we did when we got there. Therefore, seeing the park from the top meant I could almost plan my route, and see what stood out to me. If you’re good with heights, it’s a nice event to settly you in.
What About Other Rides?
There are mini-rollercoasters and attractions but I honestly didn’t go for the rides. The more you do, the more money adds up, and also, that wasn’t really why I was there. I mainly went for the atmosphere, as I’ve been struggling to feel as Christmassy this year. I have to say, it certainly put me in the Christmassy mood!
There are so many food stalls. From sweet treats like candyfloss and churros to savoury things like hallumi fries, bratwursts and pad-thai… There really is something for everyone. Also, thanks to the stall lay out you can all get different things if you go in a large group. I ended up stopping in one of their little pubs and having a hot dog and a cider, while listening to Christmas music play over the stereo. Everything about it was exactly what I nedded to get back into the Christmas mood.
Would I Go to Winter Wonderland Again?
Definitely. It’s an extremely cute day out, and thanks to the free entry. you can work on making it as cheap as possible. It’s such a great day for walking, talking, eating and spending time with people you love. If you can get to Hyde Park and are looking for something to do around Christmas time, it’s a lovely little day out. I’m so happy I finally went!
Have you ever been? Are you planning to? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,