Discovering Christmas at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

We’re a little groggy today. A late night and a huge adventure to the Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park has left us barely awake this morning.

But it was worth it.

This time last year, I was excited – desperately so. I was counting down the days until I could enjoy all sorts of festive treats with my new baby.

But while it was our first Christmas as a three instead of a two, it turned out to be pretty uneventful. No trips to see Christmas lights being turned on, no carols, no Christmas markets. And certainly no Winter Wonderland. There’s only so much five month old babies are interested in, you see. And anything that doesn’t involve milk and sleep wasn’t met with a huge amount of enthusiasm.

So this year I’m doing it all. I have every festive event marked off on the calender, so determined am I to squeeze every last drop out of Christmas..

And it all started last night, with our trip to Lapland in central London. Or, as others would call it, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

The excitement began on the train, as Frog “ooh’d” and “aaah’d” at every “choo choo” that she set eyes on. It’s amazing how something as simple as a train journey can be the pinnacle of excitement for a 16 month old.

And then, obviously, there was the journey on the Tube…

Frog’s determination to prove the world wrong about Londoners was well earned. Even the most stony-faced commuter melted and gave her a wave and a smile. Who says people aren’t friendly in London?

But the real fun began when we arrived at Hyde Park. It was like stepping out of the UK and landing in the capital of Christmas. Amazing.

There were Christmas stalls, selling everything from beautiful jewellery to funky hats, toys to candy. There were food stalls galore (if you love a good sausage I highly recommend the Hungarian food stall)…

Even the formerly fussy sister of mine enjoyed it, but I’m not sure how much of that was to do with the accompanying Mulled Wine…

There were twinkly lights and Father Christmas lookalikes, not to mention the Christmas tunes and the smell of roasting chestnuts and warm spiced wine. I was in heaven…

And then we rode a reindeer.

Yes I lost my dignity, but it was worth it to hear Frog’s squeals of delight as she struggled to tame this wild prancing animal. (She is on there, honest. Look out for the bobble on her wooly hat.)

And if the reindeer fun wasn’t excitement enough, Frog dragged her aunty into the best car on the “magic” roundabout…

Then we met a talking tree, who scared the living daylights out of my daughter…

So, to bring her out of her mood, we took Frog on the huge observation wheel that towered over the entire park. And she thought the train was exciting…

Unfortunately, Frog’s stubborn refusal to walk meant we could only watch the ice skaters from afar. Maybe next year we’ll be able to join in.

After another tasty nip of Mulled Wine and cheeky white chocolate-covered Belgian Waffle, we decided to head home. But not before we found a replacement for the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine, who was stuck at work for a late meeting…

A brilliant start to our marathon of festive events – even if it has left us knackered beyond belief today.

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To find out more about The Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, check out the website here.

Entry to the main site is free, although there is a charge for ice skating, to watch the Christmas Circus and to go on the Giant Wheel. You can buy tickets in advance online.

Disclaimer:

This is a review post. Costs for all the rides and attractions were covered.

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Discovering Christmas at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

  1. Aw looks you had a truly magical experience! I went to London yesterday too, but had a slightly different day. You can read about it on my blog I have just started up again. Looking forward to hearing more about your and Frog’s festive fun!

  2. Ahh so jealous, I want to go! x

  3. This got a rave review from angels & urchins too. Your pics look brilliant – now to buy some tickets so I can experience it too!

  4. granny from the north

    Looks so much fun…and want to do it myself next year!

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