Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has welcomed over 15 million visitors since it launched in 2007. It’s home to the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, which offers a whopping 1,600 square metres of frosty thrills. The rink has a Victorian bandstand at its centre for musical accompaniment while you glide (or, let’s face it, stumble) across the ice. Santa Land makes a return for 2014, where you’ll find the jolly old man with the beard and bag. In the true spirit of Christmas, Santa will be giving out free gifts to all little Winter Wonderland visitors. The Angels Christmas & Yuletide Markets have over 200 chalet-style stalls selling handmade gifts, so there's no excuses for forgetting your Christmas shopping this year. The Magical Ice Kingdom is bigger than ever, with even more ice sculptures and a frozen forest. Kids should be on the lookout for ice fairies, frosty unicorns and a giant snowy dragon. By day, the Sky Dome – London’s tallest tent at 55ft tall – will be the new home of family-friendly show 'Zippos Christmas Circus'. But by night, 'Cirque Berserk – Mechanika' takes over, a show of thrills and spills whose acts include a motorbike stunt menacingly named ‘Globe of Death’. Roll up, roll up! All the usual festive fairground rides are coming to Hyde Park, just make sure you fit them in before a trip to the Bavarian Village. The Village serves more mulled wine and bratwurst than ever. But if you can’t stand the oompah, try one of the many other bars. You can take in the whole of Winter Wonderland with a bird’s eye view from the Giant Observation Wheel. The wheel will be lighting up the London skyline as soon as night falls. For more information on Winter Wonderland 2016, visit our full guide. 15 amazingly festive things at Winter Wonderland
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