Wondering whether the Christmas market and fair at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is still worth a visit? We check out this year’s offering…
Lighting up the London skyline every year in a flashing neon, Winter Wonderland is an institution and essential part of London’s Christmas event calendar. Delve past the bratwurst stands and fairground rides and you’ll find some fabulous shows on offer that are twinkly gems of delight.
Last night’s VIP launch party saw everyone from Simon Cowell, Tamara Ecclestone and Jonathan Ross to Kirstie Allsopp, the Appleton sisters and Sofia Richie enjoying the festive spirit. Open from today, we take a look at this year’s highlights.
Winter Wonderland 2017 Highlights
A great romantic destination is the UK’s biggest ice and snow sculpture experience, ‘Magical Ice Kingdom’. Each year it takes on a different theme, and this year ‘Deep Sea Adventure’ takes you on a journey through a spectacular frozen world with mermaids, gods and sea creatures which visitors of all ages will love. It’s unsurprisingly freezing, so don’t forget your hats and gloves and warm up with a mulled wine afterwards.
New to Hyde Park this year is Bar Hütte, a mini village of Alpine huts recreating the après ski experience. Each hütte comes complete with hot water bottles, blankets, hot and cold refreshments as well as a karaoke machine – perfect for a festive party! Make it extra special with a fancy dress and champagne upgrade.
‘Cinderella on Ice’ combines evocative storytelling and world-class ice skating, with The Imperial Ice Stars performing a modern twist on the fairytale in the beautiful Winter Palace Theatre. Past years’ performances have featured lavish costumes, spectacular flying sequences, acrobatics, fire and illusions – all on ice skates! Perfect for family fun.
Cirque Berserk is also back for 2017 with a performance of ‘Rebellion’ every evening. The stunts will blow your mind, from amazing acrobatic tricks and contortion to legendary motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph in a steel cage and a motorbike highwire act. Not for the faint-hearted.
And the classics? They’re back too, including the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink, the Giant Observation Wheel, Bar Ice, and over 150 chalets in the Christmas Market. Get yourself down to Hyde Park for a guaranteed winter wonderful night out.
When? Friday 17th November – Monday 1st January 2018 (closed on Christmas Day)
Times? 10am – 10pm daily (except Friday 17th November – opens at 5pm)
Details? Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter but some shows and rides are ticketed.
Please check the website for more details and online booking: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
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