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Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, London

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This post details some of the most important aspects of Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park’s annual holiday celebration. 

If you’re looking for somewhere fun to take the family for Christmas, this festive attraction is an excellent option.


Winter Wonderland Tickets

Entry to this attraction is free during off-peak periods, but you'll have to pay for tickets during peak hours:

  • £5 on Standard hours
  • £7.50 on Peak hours
  • Prices may vary for different timings on the same day as well.

Tickets are free when you spend £25 or more on attractions, rides, games, food, or drinks at the same time you pay for admission online and in advance. 

This is all likely done for crowd control, because Winter Wonderland attracts a lot more visitors on weekends.

If possible, consider visiting during the daytime and/or on weekdays to avoid both the crowds and ticket prices.

Learn more or purchase tickets here.

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Winter Wonderland Discounts

There are a few different ways to save money on tickets to Winter Wonderland. 

In addition to deals on admission, there are also discounts on rides, lodging, and other amenities you might want to consider before heading to Hyde Park.


Free Admission

Tickets are usually free during the mornings from November to early December. 

Here are the current hours that tickets are available for free in 2022 and 2023:

  • November 18th - December 8th
  • December 31st - January 2nd
    • Free Dates: Monday - Thursday
    • Free Hours: 10 am - 12 pm

Some dates in early November will also have free tickets from 12 pm - 4 pm.


Free Tickets w/ £25 Purchase

If you’re planning to enjoy activities like ice skating or the giant wheel, you can purchase admission for those services ahead of time. 

When you spend at least £25 on these attractions, you’ll be eligible for free tickets.


Get a Hotel Package

If you’re coming from out of town, you might need to get a hotel at some point, and there are companies offering great combo deals which include admission to Winter Wonderland.

Groupon currently has a deal that includes a 1-night hotel stay with breakfast, tickets to Winter Wonderland, and admission to one attraction for as little as £99 per person.


What is Winter Wonderland?

This is the biggest and most famous of all the Christmas markets in London.

Winter Wonderland originally opened in 2006, and it has grown over time to feature the UK's largest outdoor ice-skating rink, a giant Ferris Wheel, a magical ice kingdom, several foods, merchandise stalls, and more.

This is the Ice Slide in Winter Wonderland, set right in front of the Ferris Wheel.

How to Get Here

Located at Hyde Park, this festive attraction is easily accessible via the London Underground and other public transportation options. 

If you’re planning to take a hop-on hop-off bus tour, it’s worth noting most of their buses make several stops at or around this royal park.

Hyde Park is located behind Buckingham Palace in Westminster. This park also borders Mayfair and Kensington Gardens. 

Use the map below to get specific directions from wherever you are in London.

Winter Wonderland Hours

This holiday attraction is open during the following dates and hours:

  • Dates: November 18th, 2022 - January 2nd, 2023
  • Hours: 10 am - 10 pm every day.
  • Closed on December 25th

Things to Do at Winter Wonderland

This isn’t just your average Christmas market! There are a lot of fun family attractions and activities at Winter Wonderland. 

The entrance to Santa Land at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
The entrance to Santa Land at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Here are a few of the most notable options you might want to consider:

  • Ice Rink
  • Santa Land
  • Real Ice Slide
  • Cirque Berserk
  • The Giant Wheel
  • Magical Ice Kingdom
  • Zippo’s Christmas Circus
  • The Time Machine (rollercoaster)
  • Canadian Mountie Funhouse
  • The Hangover (drop-tower)
  • Christmas Tree Ride
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Euro Coaster
  • And more!
One of the many ice sculptures you can see in the Magical Ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Restaurants and Food at Winter Wonderland

There are also a lot of food options at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. 

Bavarian Village restaurant and live music at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Here are a few of the restaurants you might want to visit:

  • Carousel Bar
  • Arctic Lodge
  • Thor’s Tipi
  • Explorer’s Rest
  • The Fire Pit
  • The Sleigh-by
  • Bavarian Village
  • And more!

In addition to these options, you’ll also find a lot of amazing street food at Winter Wonderland. 

One of the many street food stands you'll find at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

While it’s not all easy to consume on the go, there’s plenty of seating in the Sleigh-by, and you might want to sit down for some of these awesome options:

  • Oh My Dog!
  • Santa’s Grill
  • Truffle Burger
  • Love Churros
  • The Mac Factory
  • The Texas Smoker
  • Billy Bob’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • And more!

Check this list to see all of the delicious street food vendors that will be at Winter Wonderland.

About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 5th, 2022
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