I go to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland every year as there’s nowhere more ‘in your face’ about Christmas. It’s bright, brash and loud but it sure is Christmassy.
Open from 22 November 2018 to 6 January 2019, this year looks even better for kids. There’s Peter Pan On Ice, Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman Experience, Zippos Christmas Circus and more starting from as little as £5 with family deals from £20.
And for the first time, there’s a brand new dedicated family entrance that brings you in right near the MegaDome.
As ever, there are plenty of attractions. This seems like the best breakdown by age:
Every day at 11am, the little ones can join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in the MegaDome for the Teletubbies Christmas Show. It’s a 45-minute interactive show in a huge circus tent (the biggest in the UK). There’s a free buggy park and the MegaDome is heated too.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ beloved picture book, The Snowman, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has teamed up with themed cinema experts, Backyard Cinema, to bring a world exclusive, immersive adventure: The Snowman Experience. One of the UK’s best-loved family films will be brought to life as guests explore the multi-roomed, multi-sensory, cinematic adventure guaranteed to delight the entire family with Christmas cheer and childlike wonder.
Head to Santa Land for age-suitable rides, plus the free Santa’s Grotto.
The Magical Ice Kingdom has an ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme for this season. Expect a magical world complete with woodland animals and mythical creatures, created from more than 500 tonnes of ice and snow. At -10C, it’s obviously cold inside but with your coat, hat and gloves on this is always worth seeing. There’s usually a small ice slide inside too (although there’s a 45m long Ice Slide in Santa Land this year so that might be more exciting).
Zippos Christmas Circus is back with a new fun festive show in the MegaDome. Expect jaw-dropping skills, comedy, acrobats and aerial acts plus the family favourite larger-than-life dancing Snow Bears (that were on Britain’s Got Talent). This year, the international cast is joined by Paulo Dos Santos; at just 3ft tall he’s talent is huge so he’ll wow audiences with his acrobatics, dancing and comic skills. The MegaDome is heated and the 50-minute show is on multiple times a day.
Do you know, in all my years going to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, I’ve never seen an ice show so maybe this year I should change that as this sounds great. Audiences of all ages are invited to take a journey to Neverland with the new showing of Peter Pan On Ice, as the childhood hero returns to his spiritual home at The Royal Parks. Performed by the internationally acclaimed Imperial Ice Stars, J M Barrie’s well-loved story takes to the ice with spectacular flying, swashbuckling aerial sword-fighting and stunning special effects. There’s animated scenery, fire-on-ice and original music and songs within the 50-minute show.
Santa Land has got even bigger this year as a 45m-long, real Ice Slide has been added so it’s not just for the little kids. Skim down an ice-covered ‘mountain’ side, and then try the new Ice Trike Trail. Scoot around the 85m ice track on an ice trike, under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and Christmas trees.
Teens and Bigger Kids
The UK’s biggest outdoor Ice Rink is back and this year it’s even bigger. Located within beautifully leafy surroundings, skaters glide around the Victorian bandstand where there’s often live music performed.
For an even more streamlined visit to Winter Wonderland this year, Coaster Passes are now available so you get tap ‘n’ ride access onto all of the epic roller coasters. A minimum payment of £30 is required (with a £5 initial purchase bonus) and can be topped up from the box offices on site, or online. Coaster Passes can be used throughout the season so you don’t have to go crazy on one day.
The evening circus is a high-octane show featuring mind-blowing stunts. Cirque Berserk has an all-new show combining the most incredible daredevil acts from around the world including the return of the incredible Globe of Death, where multiple motorcyclists speed at over 60mph inside an unbelievably small steel cage! The adrenaline-pumping entertainment should keep you warm but you’ll be in the heated MegaDome so nice and toasty. If it’s over 18s you could treat yourself with a private Champagne Box upgrade.
Stick with the heated MegaDome, as there’s another first for Winter Wonderland with a new 9pm nightly Comedy Club. The fast-paced 45-minute sessions have established and up-and-coming stand-up comedians including Terry Alderton, Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue. This is for 16s years and over and there’s a bar available throughout the show. Oh yeah, and tickets are from only £10.
I’ll admit I’m very tempted by this addition. There are Ice Sculpting Workshops available from Wednesday to Sunday in the sculpture studio.
And let’s not forget the Giant Observation Wheel. Suitable for all ages but probably more appreciated by the older audience who like seeing the views.
To book tickets and for more information see: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
To confirm, entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is completely free. So you can visit to eat some churros and sing along to festive tunes without needing tickets for rides. But, when it gets busy, ticket holders get in first so advance booking for attractions is always recommended. Individual attraction prices start from £7 adult / £5 Child / £20 Family* / £6 Concession plus booking fee. (Off Peak prices also available).
*A Family Ticket consists of either: 2 Adults / Teens and 2 Children OR 1 Adult / Teen and 3 Children.