On the 1st of December Jaz and I visited Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of the best month of the year! We’ve been to Winter Wonderland the last few years and I’d never seen it so busy. I guess everyone had the same idea of going during the first December weekend. Still, we both had a great time, saw some incredible shows and ice sculptures, and felt the full Christmas spirit.
Arriving at Winter Wonderland and The Snowman Experience
We arrived around 11am and headed straight toward our first booked activity which was The Snowman Experience.
I had no idea what to expect from this experience and it turned out to be my favourite activity of the day! It started with everyone sat in one room, with the set of The Snowman in front of us and a large screen playing the movie. Just as it got to the part where the snowman starts to fly the movie stopped and we were instructed to go into the next room. In the next room, there was a larger screen and the entire room was covered in twinkling lights. It was beautiful and really added magic to the scene.
We were then told to enter another room where a long table was set out for the snowmen’s party. While we were all sat down and the movie was playing there was a special guest appearance! Both kids and adults were delighted as the snowman entered the room giving hugs and taking pictures. I wasn’t expecting that surprise at all!
The Magical Ice Kingdom
After The Snowman Experience, we made our way to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Normally this is our favourite part but the queue was so long we only had about 15 minutes to look around before the next activity was booked, so it felt very rushed. The sculptures were still amazing though and I can’t imagine the patience it must take to create them!
The next activity was Peter Pan on Ice. I didn’t manage to get any pictures of this but it was a great show and we made it just in time! It was a little cheesy as it is obviously aimed at a very young audience but the dancers were incredibly skilled and it was funny in places. It always amazes me the strength these ice dancers must have, my legs ached from just watching them!
When Peter Pan finished Jaz and I grabbed some hot dogs and chips from the Bavarian Village and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Market
We visited the Christmas market which was absolutely stunning! It took a while to find as it was tucked away in a corner but it was definitely worth the wait. We grabbed a couple of delicious mocktails in lightbulb shaped bottles that flashed colourfully. The whole place smelled amazing, like gingerbread and mulled wine. While we didn’t actually buy anything there were some great items on display. My favourite stall had genuine Italian carnival masks that had been handmade in Venice.
As we were leaving Winter Wonderland I had to get a picture of the arches all lit up!
Have you been to Winter Wonderland this year or are you planning a trip there soon? Despite the crowds, it’s definitely worth it. Jaz and I had a great day out and will be back again next year!