If you’re here, then you’ve already noticed the new structure to this Travel section. I’d decided to create a new space for day trips, such as the one you’ll be reading below, since it’s most likely I’ll be creating posts for such occasions. If you want to read about all my travels (and I mean out of the country) why don’t you check out the link below. That’s where you’ll find my adventures such as The German Holiday or The Swiss Mountain Playground. Seriously, it’s a world of fun (literally).
So today, I’ll be talking about the many wonders of the aptly named fair at Hyde Park…
That’s right, I had the chance to go to one of London’s major Christmas events. There are so many attractions at the fair, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Of course, with everything, the beginning is a very good place to start (you deserve a cookie, if you got the reference). So, let’s go!
Let’s Get Ready For Christmas
So, let’s get started. First off, you can never go wrong with buying presents at markets like these. You can find them all over the country, and if you’re that adventurous, you can check out the European ones too! If you haven’t already checked out my travels in Germany, you should check them out!
Anyway, what better way to start feeling like Christmas is here, with a Christmas fair like this one!
Winter Wonderland opened on Friday 18th November and will continue throughout the Christmas season, all through to Monday 2nd January . So, if you haven’t already checked it out, you should. It’s totally worth it!
The Angel’s Market
I didn’t take much pictures while I was there, since I was getting a feel for the place, and to be honest, my hands were full with the fairy lights I’d bought for myself (yes, I’m obsessed with fairy lights), but I will be going back again, in December, so I may just be able to snag a few pictures for you guys!
Back to the topic at hand…one of the main attractions at the park was the Angel’s Market. The Market isn’t just in one place (although most of the goods were concentrated towards the Marble Arch entrance). It’s scattered throughout the park, so if you’re lucky, you might just find a dreamcatcher dangling from a nearby stall, or a furry headband hanging from one of the free stands. In any case, there are so many goods for you to buy! From novelty baubles, to professional paintings, you could probably do all your Christmas shopping here. I know I did.
The Bavarian Village
Once you’ve bought every single item in the market, you’ll probably get a bit hungry, and what better than a good bratwurst with hot cider and chocolate to get you through the afternoon! The Bavarian Village is chockfull of food stalls and places to sit. So, if your feet do get tired, you can chill out for a couple of minutes before braving the cold with your mulled wine in hand.
Not only is the village inside the giant indoor tent, but you’ll find plenty of benches outside too! If you don’t have a kid with you, then it’s a good idea to sit outside. Most of the alcohol stalls are only available outside. Of course, it goes without saying that alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside the main tent, but it’s ok, with all the warm bodies around you, you’d probably warm up in no time.
Nutcrackers, Acrobats And More
No Christmas is Christmas without the amazing shows that are put on, just for this time of year. One of my favourite ballets and stories is the story of the Nutcracker. At Winter Wonderland, you can experience the magic of the fairy-tale on ice! That’s right, if you do have the money, and the tickets, you’ll be able to see the Nutcracker on ice! Not only that, the park offers many other shows, such as Zippo’s Circus, which you’ll easily find, thanks to the giant tent with the name on it, and several live music performances that you’ll find throughout the park.
Of course, you’ll have to pay for the circus and the ice show, but I guarantee it is worth the watch. I’ve seen the actual ballet and have teared up because it’s such a beautiful story, so my best bet is that it’ll be even better on ice!
Now, you can visit the park on your own (I did for a couple of ours, while waiting for my cousins to show up), and browse around at the various trinkets available at the market. Or you can take your whole family to see the wonders of the wonderland (see what I did there?). Either way, I think, if you’re in the mood for a little Christmas cheer, you can’t go wrong with visiting the park. It’s free entry, and the only thing you must do when you walk in, is show the security personnel what’s in your bag (you can never be too safe). After that, you have the whole park to do what you please!
I know my first visit this year, won’t be my last. So, if you do pop around the park, you might just see me there, browsing the market for my next Christmas present (most likely to me rather than anyone else).
Well that’s it from me, what about you? Have you visited Winter Wonderland before? What was your favourite memories there? Let me know in the comments below, and share your Christmas ideas with us!
So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you all soon!
This is Feather, signing out!