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London — By Andrea Kirkby on November 28, 2009 at 8:07 am
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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Very different from the Geffrye Museum’s ‘Christmas Past’ which I posted about yesterday, the Winter Wonderland offers you the chance to enjoy a really Fairground Christmas. Fairy lights, fairground rides, a Big Wheel, and a German Christmas market. All that’s missing – so far – is snow, but there is an ice rink (though it gets booked up, so best to head for the web site and book ahead).

big-wheel

You can go any morning or afternoon, but for me the right time to go is just as it’s getting dark in the afternoon – there’s a lovely moment just when the fairground lights become brighter than the sky, but it’s still daylight (just); and at night, of course, it’s really splendid.

You don’t actually have to spend any money at all – you can just wander around, do a bit of people-watching, enjoy the atmosphere, and smell the Gluhwein. Unfortunately I seem unable to manage smelling the Gluhwein without feeling an immediate need to taste it, as well…

This is big, it’s brash, all the fun of the fair – and yes, you can buy your Christmas decorations and gifts here too. Now I am really Mr Scrooge, as my usual attitude to Chistmas is ‘Bah! Humbug!’ – but if they’ve got any of those German gingerbread hearts this year, I find them irresistible and they make a great present for friends.

Where: Hyde Park [map]

When: till 3rd January, 10-10 every day (not Christmas Day)

How much: free, though the rides charge, as does the ice rink

Photo from Mark Hillary on flickr

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