London’s Calling: Winter wonderland is a festive family treat

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Get into the festive spirit at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, which opens on Saturday with free admission.

The hugely successful sub-zero experience – The Magical Ice Kingdom will increase in size with even more fantastical snow and ice sculptures.

This year children and adults are invited to walk through the frozen forest and catch sight of the ice fairies, explore the world of frozen princesses, unicorns and the Snow Queen and discover Merlin. Visitors can sit with the Knights of the Round Table and see the spectacular dragon and back by popular demand will be the castle’s ice slide and the ice thrones.

The Lycamobile Ice Rink will also return around the picturesque Victorian Bandstand, on which there will be live music played throughout the day and night as skaters take to the ice for a spin. It is the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink. For those who want to gaze at the action from above, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel will illuminate the skyline.

Other favourite attractions making a welcome return include Santa Land, a haven for young visitors where Father Christmas will be every day with his Elves and a sack of free gifts. For those Christmas shoppers, there will also be over 200 chalets in the beautiful Angels Christmas and Yuletide Markets offering unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.

And the ever-popular Bavarian Village will be ready to serve even more bratwurst and mulled wine.