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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

A trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is an annual tradition for Sam and I. A few years ago I even talked him into getting on the giant ferris wheel despite his terrible fear of heights. Last year we weren’t able to go on (the queue was just too long) but this year I got him on it again. It was absolutely lovely!

I still have yet to ride the giant swings, and I somehow have to either sell my soul to Sam to bribe him into it, or I’ll just have to talk someone else into going on it with me. Any takers?

My tip for beating the pre-Christmas crowds at Winter Wonderland is to go in the daytime, if you can. It gets absolutely packed in the evening, but it was completely manageable a few days before Christmas at abut 2 pm.

It’s always a huge shock to go back to Hyde Park after Winter Wonderland has been dismantled in January and just make out the faint lines of the attractions in the the grass. There’s still time left for you to visit – Winter Wonderland is open until Jan 4th!

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The giant swings, just waiting to be ridden by me.

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The look of pure fear in Sam’s eyes before we got onto the ferris wheel.

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This photo was taken in Winter Wonderland’s spinning pub.

Look at all that Toblerone! Mine, all mine!

Sunset over London.

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The view of the children’s side of the park from the ferris wheel.

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View out the ferris wheel carriage doors.

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Have you ever been to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park?

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  • Ha! I feel for Sam! I’m scared of heights too. Winter Wonderland does look a lot of fun though – I’ve never been, despite meaning to go every year. Maybe this year I’ll actually make it!! xx

    • I don’t have a fear of heights so I can’t fully peer pressure you into it- but even Sam admitted that it was fun on the second go round! x

  • Wow!!! The winter wonderland looks so attractive with lots of interesting entertainments. The giant swing seems a little bit scary. It looks like a giant spider.
    By the way, I love the sunset scene. ^^

    • Thank you so much! I do think the swing looks scary too, but I’m still excited to go on it one day! xx

  • I looove Winter Wonderland! Gary and I went 5 times last year so decided to give it a miss this year. I did end up going once with another friend and it was actually surprisingly quiet! 🙂 my favourite is the huge Bavarian hall. Live music + mulled wine. Perfection! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • I’m going tomorrow with a flatmate! I didn’t realize Winter Wonderland had so many rides. Now I’m missing stateside carnivals and their hideously unsafe contraptions. What activities would you recommend not missing? (I’ll definitely be giving the ferris wheel a whirl if the line’s not too long.)

    • Oohh….there are just so many nice stalls. I definitely recommend getting so gluhwein at one of the little bavarian pubs. Hmm… what else…. well regardless, I hope you’ll have a great time! xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I’m with Sam on this one. I would also be scared of the giant Ferris wheel!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Oh looks lovely! I’ve never been to Winter Wonderland, but I did visit Winterville in Victoria Park which felt like WW’s older and slightly cooler brother.

  • I was there about a month ago and couldn’t convince anyone in my group to ride the swings with me either! It turned out ok though, I drowned my sorrows in the German beer tent. Ha!

  • We went one evening last year and really enjoyed ourselves even though it was pouring down rain. We just walked through the markets and got bratwurst and hot cocoa for dinner (a winning combination, if I do say so…)

  • I will totally go on those swings with you!

  • Looks like a really fun day at the park! The swings are my favorite ride!
    Melanie @

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    That looks like so much fun! I REALLY want to ride those swings! haha!

  • This place is awesome. I’m going to get there first whenever I land on land of London. Hyde Park is like a must-go place for me.

  • Yikes. Getting stuck in a tiny car in a high place with Sam would be almost as bad for me as it would be for him, because I know how panicky he’d be! Glad that didn’t happen! x

  • I didn’t know there was a spinning pub! I went a few years ago to Cirque Berserk and loved it

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • I’ve never been because I’m just not very good with big crowds…but the spinning pub sounds right up my street!

    • I understand. Never go during the evening. Ever. But when it’s still term time, if you have a day off work, daytime might be okay! x

  • Wow, that’s so cool! It’s amazing all the different ways cities find special events to throw during the cold and dark winter months.

  • I think I would like to visit there but it isn’t going to happen

  • I would love to visit London in the winter someday. I’m not sure how well I will be able to handle the cold, but it would be worth it I think. Sam is not alone in his fear of heights. I wouldn’t get on a ferris wheel for a long time, and even now i’m very skeptical about their stability.

    • I’m absolutely terrible with the cold. I hate it and complain about it constantly. But it wasn’t too bad that day. London has had a fairly mild winter so far; may it stay like that! x

  • Miho

    lovely photos as usual, Amanda! I’ve been a few times but never in the daytime, probably a good idea as it must be much less busy. I think it’s a fun outing with friends, I’ve gone on a few rides and it’s always very entertaining 🙂 x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • Bravo for Sam! Like him, I am also terrified of heights. I don’t even think I could make it on those giant swings! x

    Tee @ Rotten One

  • Glad you had fun, seeing my beautiful capital city from high in the air!!!

  • I have been …but several years ago! It was mad-packed, but I enjoyed it!

  • you and Jon can go on the swings… I’ll keep Sam company on the ground! once was more than enough for me 😛

  • Thanks! It is. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go one day! x