Wander the tree-lined pathways of London’s Hyde Park this winter and you will be greeted by a mass of sparkling lights and the smells food from across the globe, all come together to celebrate on a mammoth scale. Full of oversized Christmas trees, Bavarian beer tents and all of the weird and wonderful things the world can find, this year’s Winter Wonderland event is bigger and better than ever.
A mid-week escape to the capital city was the perfect opportunity to explore this festive event in all of its glory. From melt-in-the-middle raclette with all of the trimmings to mouth-wateringly chocolatey churros dippers, I was in my element with all of the excitement Christmas markets bring.
Rocking up at the glowing arches and magical surroundings that encapsulate the entrance, it is safe to say I was absolutely freezing. As soon as I stepped through into Wonderland however, I soon got lost in the magic. Ride-lover’s will find all matter of ride to entertain them, from the hair-raising slingshot ride to the twists and turns of one of my favourites, the Crazy Mouse ride (or Wilde Maus in German, as many of these attractions are). There is even a haunted house for those looking for some post-Halloween scares. A giant Christmas tree is the perfect ticket for younger guests with its bright baubles perfect for two making their rounds.
Head into the Bavarian section for beer tents galore with every manner of Glüwein and Bratwurst on offer. Looking for a good photo spot to show the true German Christmas market spirit whilst you are there? This section comes complete with an absolutely HUGE statue of a man, looking out over it all. A number of other smaller statues showing merry market-goers in lederhosen are scattered across the mammoth site, ready for posing with.
Halloumi-lovers, fear not! An abundance of stalls lie at every turn to satisfy all of your cheese-lover needs. Those after the more traditional attractions will find bumper cars and an ice rink ready and waiting to enjoy whilst my favourite bit was the absolute ton of beautiful Christmas lights and decorations around every corner. Free to get in, it is worth taking a wander around the markets just for this. Whilst day-time wanderings are a lot warmer, make sure you don’t miss this sight at night, there really is no better way to take it all in than witnessing it lit up to banish the winter night cold away.
Having had our fill of the markets and its lively beer tents, we had one last stop to make, the famous Sky Garden of Fenchurch Street.
Enter through those stylish glass doors and be sure to don your glad rags for this swish joint. Ascend up to the 35th floor for a one-of-a-kind view of the whole of London lit up before you. Adorned with swanky bars serving up your favourite tipple along with the view as well as a restaurant (with prices not for the faint-hearted), this is a world above the city lights below.
Roam the rooftop and let the tumbling nature transport you to another world. Perched on high, this incredibly instagram-worthy hotspot is filled with hidden corners and sprawling seating areas, perfect for a catch up with friends or a romantic evening as you dress to impress. Head to the outer corners for panoramic views of London and every one of its iconic sights, perfect for a birds-eye-view shot of your favourite spots.
All in all, a spectacular outing to England’s capital city ended in a perfectly magical way. What better way to get into the festive spirit than a day at Hyde park’s spectacular Christmas Winter Wonderland, all topped off with the sights of giant shining Christmas trees and cosy corners of the beautiful Sky Garden. Heaven.
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