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Your guide to visiting London's Winter Wonderland

Christmas in London has been a special time going right back to when Charles Dickens was writing about Ebeneezer Scrooge. However, the festive season really reached new heights just over 10 years ago when the first Winter Wonderland arrived in Hyde Park. Over a decade later, the annual Christmas festival has become one of the most important and popular events in the city at this time of year. 



Thousands of visitors attend Winter Wonderland every year to enjoy over 100 rides and attractions, so if you’re coming to stay at San Domenico House Hotel London this Christmas, here’s your guide to visiting Winter Wonderland: 


What’s on at Winter Wonderland?

There are lots of great Christmas markets on around London at this time of year and also plenty of places that offer funfair rides or an ice rink. But how many can offer all of that in one place? None but Winter Wonderland, which makes the most of its location in Hyde Park with the largest open-air ice rink in the UK, lit up by over 100,000 lights. For fans of markets, there are all kinds of food, drink and arts and crafts stalls to enjoy. New for 2019 there’s even a 70m observation wheel to give you incredible views across Hyde Park and London in general.


Winter Wonderland for kids

Of course, while this Christmas festival is great fun for all ages, the real question is what’s on offer for children. The most obvious answer is that it has the best Santa’s Grotto in the whole of London, where kids can meet the great man himself and his elves, while they can also enjoy the 45m ice slide and the festive parade. There’s plenty of children’s entertainment on in the shape of Zippo’s Christmas Circus, Paddington On Ice and Mr Men & Little Miss - The Show. 


That Festive Feeling

One of the things most of us want from a trip to somewhere like Winter Wonderland is to leave feeling much more festive than we did before as we walk back to our accommodation in Chelsea London. There are plenty here to make sure you get that, especially The Magical Ice Kingdom, where you can visit a special recreation of A Christmas Carol made out of snow and ice. See that magical Dickensian Christmas that we talked about at the start, but with the extra festive twist of it being sparkly and icy.


Get the Adrenaline Pumping

And finally - what few other winter fairs can offer - some exhilarating rides, including the Munich Looping rollercoaster, Wilde Maus XXL and Ice Mountain, plus fairground traditions like the High Flyer and Carousel, With over 100 rides and games on offer, you could quite easily spend your whole day and night just trying them all out.


Getting to Winter Wonderland

If you’re staying in a hotel around Hyde Park, you’ll be within walking distance of Winter Wonderland, but if you’re travelling from further afield, you can get off the Tube at Victoria, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner.