Winter Wonderland

It’s that time of the year again and what better way to get into the festive spirit, but to visit one of European’s biggest Christmas Villages located in the heart of London?

Winter Wonderland has opened it’s gates for the 10th year in a row with even more festive activities for 6 weeks of Christmas fun, bringing a smile to every grim Londoner’s face (that is if they don’t need to use Piccadilly line every day).

The entry itself is free, but that’s pretty much the only thing that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. At a bargain price of £5 + you can get a pocket-size cup of mulled wine to keep you warm or a pint of beer.

Winter Wonderland is a magical place that includes UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink, a Circus Megadome, spectacular views from the Giant Wheel, Magical Ice Kingdom and much more.

Prices for the rides itself start at 3 tokens, which equals £3. Most of “adult rides” we’ve seen were around £7+ per person.  You can pay with card at most of the rides, however, you can get tokens pretty much everywhere.

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How to get there?

You can take the tube (underground) to Bond Street, Paddington, Edgware Road or Marble Arch for one of the entrances or Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Green Park for the other one.

These are all 5-10 minute walk to Winter Wonderland, the closest one being Hyde Park Corner which is the one you have to avoid at all cost. During the festive season, Piccadilly line overall has constant severe delays.

My all time favourite is Green Park – it’s only a short walk to Winter Wonderland with clear signs leading the way. And with Victoria being the quickest underground line, you’re there in no time. 🙂

My recommendations:

1.  Have a bratwurst – whether it’s at Bavarian Hall or one of the food stalls, there is nothing I would rather spend £5 on than on one of these delicious German sausages in a bun, topped with some caramelised onions. My mouth is watering just writing this!

2. Visit Bavarian Hall – it’s a perfect opportunity to soak in some “Oktoberfest” festive atmosphere with delicious food, beer and DJs playing all night (until 10pm when it closes). 🙂

3. Treat yourself – warm up with a hot chocolate, some mulled wine or enjoy some sweet churros with chocolate. Sure, it’s expensive – but so is the rest of London and it’s almost Christmas (<- both very valid reasons).

4. Go on a ride.

5. Walk around the Christmas markets (and later go to Camden market and buy the same item for -70% of the price).

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What’s your favourite thing about Winter Wonderland? What’s your favourite thing about Christmas time?  Let me know in the comments!

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