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Winter Wonderland 2019

Each year Darcy and I sit down and write a Christmas bucket list. One of the things on it, was to visit Winter Wonderland, as we have not been for a couple of years. So last weekend we headed down to Hyde Park to see what it had to offer.

As always, we travelled by public transport, there are a few stations including Green Park station on Jubilee Line or Piccadilly line or Victoria Line which are a short walk away. You can also reach Winter Wonderland via Hyde Park Underground station, however it can become very busy during weekends and evenings.

We arrived at about 10.30 am. It took about 2 minutes to queue to get in. Once our bags were checked we were in.


 

First stop was to watch the Mr Men & Little Miss show which is perfect for kids under 5 The show features every ones favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters in Happyland, and there is even an appearance from Little Miss Christmas herself.


 
When we last attended Darcy wasn't tall enough for most of the rides she wanted to go on. Now she is tall enough to go on most of the rides herself, which made both of us very happy. Most of the children rides are between 2 and 4 tokens. There are booths dotted around Winter Wonderland where you can buy tokens for rides. You’re able to use both cash and card.






There are plenty of food and drink places. Darcy ate her heart out, a unikitty hot chocolate which tasted as good as it looked, Cheese bratwurst and no trip is complete to Winter Wonderland without some Churros.





 
To give our feet a rest we headed over to Zippo Circus which is a fantastic and animal free circus, based in the theatre-style MegaDome. There are plenty of seats and is heated so you can beat the winter chill. The show is fun-packed from start to finish and, at about 45 minutes, is the perfect length for little ones.

Zippos Christmas Circus at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland runs until 5th January 2020. Tickets should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment 






 

The Magical Ice Kingdom, which has adopted the classic Dickensian 'A Christmas Carol' as its theme. Make sure you wrap up, we were not ready at all! We only lasted 10 minutes due to it being freezing, however it was an amazing 10 minutes. It's beautiful and i cannot get over how talented and skilled the ice sculptors are. There is also an ice slide that everyone no matter their age will love.

My battery rand out half way through the day but it was a blessing in disguise. As I truly got to enjoy our day out. I am lucky that I have a family that loves spending time together.

Tips and Hints

Winter Wonderland is free to enter but certain attractions become fully booked during peak periods. Buy your tickets in advance to make the most of your experience.

Get there early, it is busiest during weekends and evenings. We arrived just after 10am and there was plenty of space to move about in and we did not have to wait long to get on the rides.

Set a budget beforehand going, as your money will just disappear. I gave Darcy £10 before arriving and she knew once her money was finish that was that.

Go contactless, everywhere accept card payment. Which means you can leave your purse at home. You can also pay for Winter Wonderland rides via contactless payment or by using tokens, which are available at the token booths dotted around the site.

There are loads of stalls in festively wooden huts selling things from Christmas decorations to wooden things to chocolate to sweets to clothes and candles and all sorts of other wintery things.

Winter Wonderland was fun but just to warn you it’s busy (very hard to find spots to sit down) and full on. If you or your little ones prefer chill and space, definitely bare that in mind before going

Winter Wonderland will be open every day from 10am – 10pm except Christmas Day until 5th January 2020.

*We were kindly invited to the family press day of winter wonderland by Zippos Circus and had a lovely day!

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