Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2016 in a minute and a half
Updated: May 9, 2020
This week has been terribly cold by London standards and I am so not a cold weather person. It feels even worse than usual after coming back from the summer weather of Lanzarote. However, I have decided to embrace the winter and the Christmas season and at the same time break in my new GoPro by heading to Hyde Park to have a look at Winter Wonderland Christmas market.
The original plan was to go on the Giant Wheel for some nice aerial shots of the area, but that wasn't meant to be. When I tried to prebook on the Winter Wonderland website, the transaction fee was £3 for a ticket that costs £8 - how cheeky is that, a transaction fee of almost 40% of the ticket price?! No, thank you! Buying in the box office on site didn't work out either as apparently the Giant Wheel tickets were sold out until Monday.
So I simply walked around Winter Wonderland, looked at the different stalls and rides and took in the atmosphere. In spite of the cold, I actually enjoyed it quite a lot more than I thought I would! Food stalls varied from the usual chippy shops to sausages to roast to pretzels and gingerbread. It is really going for a German market vibe - there is a whole Bavarian Village section and the biggest rollercoaster is called Munich Looping - now that looked like fun!
So what's the verdict, would I say it's worth a visit? If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, absolutely! But to give you a better idea of what to expect, I also made a video: