Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
There’s a magical time of year here in Kensington when a section of Hyde Park helps turn any old Scrooge into a Bob Cratchit in no time at all.
Like the Christmas lights being lit in most towns, when you catch a glimpse of the big wheel all lit up in Hyde Park, it’s unofficially Christmas season in our eyes, as the Winter Wonderland is back for another year of festive fun.
What started as a fun thing to do on a frosty winter evening has now become the must-see attraction at Christmas time in London. For anyone visiting Kensington and wondering what makes the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park so special, let Fraser Suites Queens Gate be your guide.
What is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland?
Think about the Christmas markets in your local town or city centre you’ve been to with little stalls selling gifts and food. Now imagine it with a circus, ice rink, theatres, chalet-style bars and so much more.
The Winter Wonderland is essentially an excuse to go all out in the build-up to Christmas with part of Hyde Park turned in to the best Christmas market you’ve ever been to.
How long does Winter Wonderland last?
It opens on 21st November and runs every single day, except Christmas Day, until 5th January.
The park is open every day from 10 am until 10 pm.
What can you do at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland?
It is best to think of the Winter Wonderland as three separate attractions that intertwine in one big space.
The Christmas Market
Over 200 mini chalets are little shops selling everything from hand-made Christmas decorations and gifts that make perfect stocking stuffers to crafts and treats. There is also an ice rink, big wheel and the chance to visit Santa.
Food & Drink
There are dedicated food and drinks areas in the park. The Bavarian Village is the main meet-up point for most guests looking for a little tipple of mulled wine or German beer. There is also an ice bar if you can brave the cold, a Viking inspired Tipi (not Tiki) bar and karaoke space where you can belt out Last Christmas and Band-Aid.
With events like Paddington on Ice, Zippo’s Christmas Circus, Cirque Bezerk and Mr Men & Little Miss – The Show, it gives an idea of why so many people make the trip to Hyde Park.
Some shows go on all month long, including The Winter Wonderland Comedy Club which runs every Thursday to Saturday night.
Do you have to pay for Winter Wonderland?
It is absolutely free to go and see all the stalls at Winter Wonderland. If you wanted to see any of the shows and other events, you do have to buy tickets in advance due to demand. You can do that here.
Is the Winter Wonderland busy?
Yes, it can get busy. For any guests staying here during the week, you shouldn’t have too many problems getting around and seeing the entire market. The closer it gets to Christmas the busier it gets with 17th December to 3rd January considered peak times.
On the weekends you may have yourself having to queue to get in.
What hotels are near Hyde Park Winter Wonderland?
We are less than 700m away from Hyde Park making Fraser Suites Queens Gate a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere special to stay.
For couples who want somewhere special to stay when visiting London before Christmas, our serviced studio apartments have just the level of luxury you’re looking for.
Any families planning a magical family trip to Kensington around the Christmas holidays should look at our one-bedroom executive suites that sleep up to four and have all the amenities you’d expect at home.