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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).


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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