Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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The ice rink and bandstand

A truly festive setting within which to show off your spins and loops, or to video your friends falling over.


The Carousel Bar

Winter Wonderland has many bars for you to explore, all with some sort of USP. The Carousel Bar, for instance, slowly rotates as you drink.

© Jim Marks

Children's rides

Traditional fairground rides will help to keep smiles on littler faces.


Arctic Circle

The Magical Ice Kingdom is just one part of Winter Wonderland's Arctic Circle, which also features a Nordic Bar, Snow Jet ride and North Pole Funhouse.

© David Parry

The Magical Ice Kingdom

Explore a world of frozen artworks, and fly down the castle's ice slide.



The park's hosting three rollercoasters this year, so get your lungs prepped for screaming


Giant Observation Wheel

A bird's eye view of London at Christmas; a trip on this wheel will take you 60m above the ground.

Hyde Park , Kensington Until Sunday January 3 2016 Free

Christmas family fun aplenty with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter.

Other attractions at Hyde Park's annual sparkly Christmassy addition include a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses – 'Christmas Circus' and 'Cirque Berserk' – from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. Winter Wonderland's ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights.

The Magical Ice Kingdom is your chance to get up close to some real ice and snow, meeting some mythical frozen beasts as you explore a chilly forest. Along with the 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoasters and fairground rides will keep thrillseekers happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on solid ground are the selection of themed bars with real fires, except for the Ice Bar (for obvious structural reasons) where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.

If you're skating, be aware that while there's no minimum age for skaters, under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over and the smallest skates for hire are children's size 9 (adult skates go up to size 13). You can use your own skates as long as they're not speed skates. Wheelchair users are welcome on the ice. There are also ice guides who can look after groups of up to 15 skaters at a time (for an additional charge). Online booking is now open for ticketed events. 

Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Read our full guide to Winter Wonderland

Venue name: Hyde Park
W2 4RU
Transport: Tube: Queensway/South Kensington/Hyde Park Corner/Lancaster Gate
Event website: http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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I have been to Winter Wonderland for the past 4 years and overall it is getting bigger and better every year. Lots of rides for young and scary big ones for the brave. A great market with a variety stalls full of goodies and lots to look at as you walk around. Overall the atmosphere is brilliant, considering how many people there are we hardly noticed or heard any people moaning. My only, and biggest, complaint is the price. On average rides cost from £3 to £8 (you have to buy tokens £1 = 1 token), if you have a child an adult must go on the ride/fun house with them, so in reality this doubles the cost... there are also lots of carnival type games (you know the type, throw a ball into a ring and win a teddy...) which you pay for at around £3-5 per go so even if you have budgeted by buying a certain amount of tokens you get caught out with these random extra cash stalls! With my 5 year old we spent £50 today..Ek! Then is add salt to the wound the cost of the food is ridiculous. 1 portion of chips in one of the indoor food halls cost £3, I counted the chips – 20 tiny stumpy fries for 3 quid! I would strongly recommend to anyone – BRING A PACK LUNCH!! Though I would also recommend treating yourself to a mulled wine – yum. If you intend to go on the weekend I would strongly advise that you get there early; we arrived at 11am today (Sunday 7th Dec) and walked straight in. We noticed that by lunchtime there was a massive queue outside. Then when we left at around 5pm the queue was around the corner. I’d estimate a minimum of an hour wait if not 2! Crazy!! Also if you have youngsters and want to see Santa head there first, and get an adult to join the line! We went around 2pm and after 20 minutes reached the 2 hour notice board! Suffice to say we left the line at this point. We will be going again next year, with packed lunch, bag of marsh mellows and a strict budget. With a Christmas wish that the organisers have done something about the rip off prices.

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A lot of the reviews on here just seem to be promotional advertising. Anyway it's good fun if you are wealthy.

Vittorio N

I went a couple of days ago, and it looked like a zombie apocalypse. Overpriced food, many don't accept card (it's full of ATMs which will charge you with almost £3 just for withdrawing).


Every year, from end of November till start of January, Hyde Park is transformed to a huge festive Christmas village: "Winter Wonderland. Imagine a huge area being totally under Christmas spirit. As soon as you have plenty of cash (cash points can get quite busy in the evenings), you can spend the whole day here! Both for adults & children : ) Head to the Bavarian village for German food, mulled wine and crazy German djs on karaoke! Try any kind of food you can imagine & freshly made churros with sugar! The huge observation wheel is a bit expensive (7£) but there are so many other rides/rollercoasters/Zippos circus/ice-skating to try during your stay. Most of them are not cheap at all and you can easily find yourself lost in counting the left-over money, but definately you will enjoy it. Gloves and  warm coats are highly recommended!

Ros A

I'm a bitttttt of a Christmas fiend so I love my annual trip to Winter Wonderland. Yes, it's absolute carnage and ridiculously busy. Try going late ish (8.30pm onwards) and there will be less children around, and of course weeknights are quieter. I love the big bavarian beer hall - a lot of fun and easy to while away a night toasty warm in there. Love the food stands, outdoor pubs with mulled wine and of course a drunken ride on a rollercoaster. Everyone calls it a monster, but it's quite a nice monster, at least. 


While Winter Wonderland is an annual iconic London event many people get excited about, I am not a big fan. It is overcrowded and overpriced, the stalls are tacky and not authentic. The only time there is a chance of me setting foot in it is at quiet times during the week for a German Bratwurst (which is average).

Rellie L

This a yearly thing for me and I love it. Yes attractions are fairly overpriced and it’s crazy busy, but this is London! You also don't have to spend much to enjoy it. Winter Wonderland is one of the most enjoyable, free family friendly events and there’s so much to do. It’s open every day (except Christmas Day) but the best time is in the evening! Head to the Ice Bar, watch Zippos Circus, ice skate, visit Santa’s Grotto, go on fairground rides and play games, listen to live music or simply wander around the market stalls drinking hot chocolate. Book tickets in advance for main attractions to avoid disappointment. Nearest stations are Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner.

Kemi O

I think Winterwonderland is one of those places you either love or hate. I went there with very little expectation and was pleasantly surprised by the number of different things to do there. The rides are a little on the pricey side, but if you are in the moody for some festive fun, some luke-warm mulled-wine and lovely atmosphere then I think it's a pretty good option!

Corina B

Winter Wonderland, or maybe not. Your experience of this event is directly related to the luck you're having the day you go. It has inevitable charm and is very well made, unfortunately it is usually uncomfortably crowded. The rides are very colorful and picturesque, but unless you want to spend an insane amount of money it would unwise to ride more than 3 of them. I only went on one and can't say it was worth it. It is also a great place to go on your cheat day since its absolutely filled with fatty and inevitably delicious food. 

Overall I would suggest going as it is free and makes for an interesting and different evening, but do not expect the image that is sold by the advertisement as its not as 'wonderful' as it claims to be.

RuoQing D


I had a great time. There's a lot of things to see and play with. Although there were queues everywhere it's expectable that people all come here. Night view was better with all lights on. All rides were around £10 and above. Ice staking was only allowed for 2hours and ice rink was small and busy. But overall it's definitely worth going

Sarah A

can u stay on newyearseve after closing time of winder wonderland in hydepark see the fireworks? or is it all closed to for the ticketzone...


Pros: Went there last weekend, I have to say it's got better and bigger compared to previous years - more things to see, do, buy and eat.

Cons: Expect to pay a fiver at least for most things, i.e. a plain bratwurst hot dog or a packet of churros covered in cinnamon sugar (some are good like the churros, you just got to pick the right stalls). Weekends are definitely crowded. Game stalls are expensive - paid £5 at the basketball stalls for 6 shots, it's nearly a pound per shot! 

I would go again and be quite happy not to spend on anything, simply because it's a really nice place to warm up to the festive period with friends and family. 

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what an absolute rip-off all the children's rides were. it's just a glorified market with lots of tacky stalls. £3 for one go on the helter skelter which last all of 10 seconds, or £9 for three people to go on a small children's ride. i certainly won't be going back.


Went this afternoon and it was wicked, recommend buying tickets to rides before hand as it saves so much time and hassle, the wheel was amazing with really good views of Hyde Park and London city. Good vibes all round!


Went this afternoon, it was wonderful. It was my first visit and I must say I've not seen such a good carnival in London before (usually these have been rip-offs). It had a German theme to it, rows upon rows of market stalls with lots of offers and quite a few pubs and bratwurst stalls as you'd expect. Several themed rides and fairground rides, and they looked quite good. Game stalls aplenty. All in all had a very good time. If any faults, I would say the Knightsbridge end exit needs more light.


Lots of things to see, lots of things to do, if you think that paying the price is worth it. Personally, big crowds give me a headache but definitely a good place for Christmas cheer.


Costly but nice...gives the kids an amazing day to remember... and yourself esp. If u have more thab 1 kids. I took 3 !!!! Nonetheless its was worth it...


What this guy said: "Dangerously overcrowded - more winter hell than wonderland...Appalling security and crowd control." Generally a pretty horrendous experience, we would have cut it short if it weren't for the fact we had booked to go to the circus (which incidentally was quite good once we had fought our way inside)

Paul Simmons

Busy, loud, full of people and annoying -- had a good time though. lots to do and the busy atmosphere soon dissipates.


Amazing!! Defiantly a must do over Christmas - Let your inner child have all the fun! Dont forget to Ice skate :)

S Hunter

Dangerously overcrowded - more winter hell than wonderland. I left,unable to spend ride tokens due to excessive crowds and queues. Appalling security and crowd control.

George A

Sums up christmas time really. Wonderful place, to take the family and have lots and lots of fun... Perfect for a fun day out!! Amazing

Anastazja Oppenheim

If your inner child is still alive and kicking, take it to Hyde Park this winter and it will find itself in paradise. Just make sure you carry some cash in your pocket – although entry is free, it would take superhuman strength to resist the sugar-coma-inducing festive food, the nostalgic Christmas market and, above all, the rides, which range from cute to terrifying. You can also skate at the UK’s biggest ice rink, marvel at the Magical Ice Kingdom or take a chance at winning a giant teddy bear at one of the game stalls. And once you start shivering, warm yourself up with some delicious mulled wine – the biggest perk of being (at least officially) an adult in December.

janet utt

Excellent, stayed over 5 hours on Sunday and can't wait to go back again The christmas spirit is all around the park


Sounds good and I would like to visit but it sounds "pricey" for many pockets

Sam T

Absolutely fantastic! Only in the UK can we pull off such a well organised, safe, family attraction! Felt like Christmas from the moment we walked in! The magic of Christmas was contagious, with everybody happy, smiling and singing along to the many live bands and DJs. If there's only one Xmas outing on your list this year-it has to be Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Loved it!


There is plenty to see and do at this event without necessarily having to buy tickets for anything - so it doesn't have to be an expensive day out (just walking round this part of the park is wonderful with all the lights, etc, plus there is some yummy food and mulled wine available). Saying all that, the ice skating is really good fun, and there used to be fair rides with a fab big wheel (are the rides still there?) I'm planning to take my three-year-old for the first time this year and we'll just be going to soak up the magical atmosphere and see all the lights. The fact that it can be free if you want it to be is very helpful in the run-up to Christmas! Very worth going to.

Vikki Hughes

It's great for all ages! This will be our 3rd year of visiting Winter Wonderland for my husband and I...the 14th of December can't come quick enough...exciting! I love all the little stalls too and with all the twinkle lights everywhere it's very pretty and magical!! Can't wait!! :-)


Ohhhh I love coming here. It just brightens up your evening and leaves you with a guaranteed smile. Rely enjoyed it last year and look forward to coming back this year.


Winter wonderland was amazing. There were so many things to do that one day was not enough. The circus was soo entertaining, especially the motorbike cage act. Deffinetly recommend it!

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