Winter Wonderland is back for its 10th year! For six weeks of the year, Hyde Park is transformed into a wondrous wonderland of winter festivities, with attractions, rides and entertainment galore. We scoured the scene and put together the best bits and things you can’t miss with our guide to Winter Wonderland!
This daytime show is an incredibly popular treat for the whole family. With a mixture of aerial acts, skilled jugglers and colourful clowns, the year’s show is called Chorale and it promises a feast for the eyes and for the ears.
Show times: 12:30, 14:00 and 17:00, with a 15:30 show on selected days
As you walk into this stunning arctic environment, you’ll notice that everything is crafted from ice: furniture, sculptures and even the walls. There is a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to choose from, with one cocktail included in the entry price. This year, Bar Ice features two bars and you’re offered a cosy cloak and gloves as you enter. Wear thick socks though, as it can get pretty chilly in there!
Session times: Sessions are 20 minutes long, and can be booked up until 21:20
Sooty is considered somewhat of a national treasure in the UK. A glove puppet in the form of a bear, he has been entertaining families since 1948. The Sooty Christmas Show is a puppet show promising laughs and mischief, featuring special guests Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake.
Show time: 11:00 daily
This gentle ride presents the perfect opportunity to take in the sights of not only Winter Wonderland, but of wider London too. On a clear day it’s possible to see for miles or, if you’d prefer to visit at night, you can take in the twinkling lights of the city. In the mood for some added luxury? Book a private or VIP pod and see the sights in style.
Ride duration: Each ‘flight’ lasts 12-15 mins, or 20 mins with a VIP pod. Last flight at 21:45
Created from over 500 tonnes of ice and snow, the Magical Ice Kingdom is an exciting adventure, taking you on a voyage across the sea to a frozen island. Adorned with beautiful snow and ice sculptures, there are icebergs, a shipwreck and more – certain to get the kids excited.
Session times: Book your 30 minute walk-through slot in advance, last admission 21:00
Skate your heart out under a canopy of sparkling lights, at the largest open-air ice-rink in the UK. Whether you’re whizzing around with your friends or taking a romantic glide with loved ones, it’s fun for everyone and there’s live music from Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand too. Alternatively, there’s a spectator’s platform where you can enjoy hot chocolate and people watch.
Opening times: Daily from 10:00-22:00
Following resounding success at the Royal Albert Hall and on world tour, The Nutcracker on Ice is coming to Winter Wonderland with a specially-created 60-minute show. Prepare to be enchanted, as young Clara is transported into a magical world of toys, where she meets famous characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy. With lavish costumes, projected scenery and stunning flying sequences, this real-ice adventure is sure to engage and excite.
Show times: 14:00, 16:00, 17:30 and 19:00, with shows at 12:00 and 20:30 on selected days
Explore Father Christmas’ grotto: visit his workshop, meet some of his elves or ride the Santa Express. This is a truly festive experience, with Christmas rides for the little ones, games and eateries – as well as a gift for kids (who’ve been good).
This year’s show is called Legend, a daredevil display of acrobatics and agility promising gasps aplenty. In a mysterious realm where air, earth, fire and water meet, mythical creatures confront malevolent forces in a truly spectacular finale.
Session times: 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00
Whether you need to warm up fast, have a little rest or get a quick energy boost, at Winter Wonderland you’re never far from something delicious to eat or drink. Sit down for a full meal, grab a quick bite from a stall or have a festive drink – there’s something on offer for everyone.
There are over 100 rides and games on offer, ranging from children’s rides to rollercoasters, fun houses and thrill rides. New this year is the Munich Looping, the world’s largest portable rollercoaster. Get ready for some adrenaline-pumping, heart-racing festive fun with all the family.
Visit some of the 200 stalls to browse handicrafts, candles, decorations and more. If you’re visiting at night, you’ll see the fairy lights adorning the wooden chalets – a truly beautiful sight, sure to win over any Scrooge!
Looking for more Christmas events to get you in the yuletide mood? Check out our guide to the best Christmas events happening in London!