Christmas in London: Winter Wonderland
London’s wintery cold has arrived reminding us all of the fast approaching Christmas season. To further highlight this, this Friday 18th of November London’s famous Winter Wonderland opens its magical doors at Hyde Park celebrating for the 10th consecutive year.
The event, which runs through to January, showcases traditional European Christmas cuisine & treats from different cultures across Europe, as well as providing plenty of locations to enjoy a nice hot beverage to warm the body. Try a hot rum or the traditional mulled wine. The markets also offer various stores where you can purchase handmade gifts, homemade jams & sweets, liqueurs, and many other items.
Christmas Market – Urbanest.com
One of the main features which is a definite not to be missed is the Bavarian Village. Built to resemble traditional Bavarian (south German) festivals, the venue provides a large Bavarian Hall which is sure to be buzzing with Christmas celebrations, outdoor covered beer garden, outdoor bars and various food stands to get your bratwurst fix. Be sure to sample the pork knuckle along with a stein of Lowenbrau to wash it down.
Separate to the Bavarian Village, the festival also plays host to be a number of other bars which all provide great food as well as a fantastic range of beverages. Check out the Swiss Chalet, Mirror Bar, Mr Fogg’s Cocktail Bar, Arctic Lodge Bar, the Outpost and Grizzly Inn or Ice-bar (in-case the London weather isn’t cold enough for you). If you have time and there is a few of you, see if you can put together your own little bar crawl, as this is the best way to experience the many different options available on offer.
Ice Bar at Winter Wonderland – JessieandJake.com
The event also provides many other attractions for everyone including an ice skating rink for both professional skaters and amateurs who have never tried it before. There are also various rides, an ice kingdom (mainly for the kids) and Santa land (also mainly for kids, but don’t let me stop you).
The friendly staff here will be regularly heading down to the festival over the coming month so please feel free to come along for a fun filled day out and get to know the staff as well as other friendly travellers better.
Featured Image: Terterian – Flickr.com