Embrace the Christmas spirit with Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park.
This fun family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music, there's enough fun things to do to fill a whole day and evening.
Take a look at what's usually happening at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Plus, check the top tips to make the most of your next visit to Winter Wonderland in London.
What are the top activities at Winter Wonderland?
Check back nearer the time for full details of this year's event, but in 2021 you could have enjoyed these Winter Wonderland activities:
- Skated to live music on the Winter Wonderland ice rink, the UK's largest outdoor rink.
- Marvelled at the acrobatic wonders at a circus show.
- Soared into the sky on the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and seen the twinkling London lights below.
- Rode a traditional carousel or braved the giant loops of nine different rollercoasters at the fairground.
- Created your very own ice sculpture at the Ice Sculpting workshops
- Stepped into the Magical Ice Kingdom, a fantasy palace with forest glades, sorcerers and more.
Winter Wonderland's Christmas markets
In 2021, you could browse the traditional Christmas Market, one of the largest London Christmas markets complete with charming chalets overflowing with festive goods. You could also shop for unusual and unique gifts, arts and crafts, trinkets, jewellery and decorations.
What are the best family activities at Winter Wonderland?
You could have experienced these Winter Wonderland family activities in 2021:
- Enjoyed carousel and helter-skelter rides at the traditional fairground with young kids or given older children adrenaline-fuelled rides on the Winter Wonderland rollercoasters.
- Been enchanted by daytime shows, which included Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Beserk.
- Stepped into Winter Wonderland Santa’s Grotto in Santa Land, where the little ones could meet Father Christmas and get a small free gift (if they’d been good of course!)
- Discovered a host of fun rides for smaller children, including a 45m-long (148ft) Ice Slide!
Where can you eat and drink at Winter Wonderland?
In 2021, you could have:
- Discovered Winter Wonderland’s many restaurants, bars and food stalls for tasty food, mulled wine or warming hot chocolate.
- Tried festive German fare, such as German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village.
- Wrapped up and relaxed with a cocktail at Bar Ice, where the bar, tables and even glasses are made of ice. Booking in advance is essential.
- Warmed up at the Fire Pit bar with its crackling fires and uplifting live music.
- Rode the carousel and enjoyed a slow 360-degree spin with a festive drink at the Carousel Bar.
- Enjoyed craft ales, hot chocolate and warming food in giant tipis at Thor's Tipi. Snuggled up by the log fires, grabbed a blanket and escaped the cold outside.
Winter Wonderland tickets
Tickets for Winter Wonderland 2022 are not yet available, check back nearer the time to book Winter Wonderland tickets online. Winter Wonderland is very popular so make sure you book in advance.
In 2021, entry to Winter Wonderland was free during off-peak times, but entry at peak times and access to some activities required a paid-for ticket. If you spent an additional £20 on paid-for attractions, rides or games when booking your entry ticket, your entry fee was free.
Paid-for attractions included:
- Ice skating
- Giant Observation Wheel
- Magical Ice Kingdom
- Circus shows
- Bar Ice
- Ice-sculpting workshops
- Fairground rides and games
Top tips for Winter Wonderland 2022/23
Follow these tips for Winter Wonderland to make the most of the Christmas attraction:
- Buy tickets in advance: The 2021 event was ticketed
- Pick the best time: When booking, select a timeslot to suit you – entry at off-peak times is free, while standard entry is £5 and peak time access requires is £7.50 per adult ticket.
- Wrap up warm: Being an outside attraction, it can get a bit chilly at times. Make sure to wear warm clothing, such as hats, gloves and scarves – particularly if you’re visiting Bar Ice, the Magical Ice Kingdom or going ice skating.
- Look out for famous faces: Many celebrities and VIPs have visited Winter Wonderland over the years, from the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George to Tom Cruise and Naomi Campbell.
Winter Wonderland opening times
London's Winter Wonderland is usually open daily from 10am to 10pm, except Christmas Day.
How to get to Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland is located in Hyde Park. The nearest tube stations are: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge.
Admission to Winter Wonderland must be pre-booked.
Entry is free during off-peak times and costs £5 or £7.50 for peak hours. Charges apply for rides, ice skating, big top shows, the observation wheel and other attractions.
Daily (except Christmas Day): 10am to 10pm