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Top 10 Tips For Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland returns to Hyde Park this year with its gorgeous ice rink, huge Christmas market and fun-packed rides.

 Here are 10 tips to ensure you make the most of your trip to this magical Christmas attraction.

1. Buy Tickets In Advance

Winter Wonderland is free to enter but certain attractions get fully-booked during peak periods. Buy tickets in advance for ice skating, The Nutcracker on Ice, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Bar Ice, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, The Sooty Christmas Show and the Giant Observation Wheel.

2. Wrap Up Warm

It can get pretty chilly in the winter months and since the festival is an open-air event, we'd recommend wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and a warm coat. This is especially important if you're visiting Bar Ice or The Magical Ice Kingdom, chilled to a frosty -8°C (17.6°F). Brrr! If you're feeling cold, you're never far away from a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.

3. When To Visit

The festival is busiest during weekends and evenings, so be prepared to queue to get in and to get onto rides during these peak times. If you want to escape the crowds, visit on weekday mornings. Visit during the evening for a fabulously festive atmosphere as the attraction's bars and restaurants spring to life with live music, DJs and twinkling lights. If you're looking for something a bit quieter, check out our Winter Wonderland alternatives.

4. Take The Kids

This family-friendly attraction has rides galore to keep kids of all ages happy. There are gentle rides and attractions for children as young as two, with more thrilling rides like the Haunted House and rollercoaster for teens. Most of the festival site is buggy-friendly and there are baby-changing facilities at various disabled toilets across the site. Ice skating, Zippos Circus and The Magical Ice Kingdom are all popular with little ones.

5. Bring Cash

All the shops, restaurants, bars and cafes at Winter Wonderland accept cash, while only some take cards. The on-site ATM cash machines charge a fee each time you withdraw money, so it’s a good idea to bring cash with you to avoid paying extra. Rides and attractions are accessed by tokens, which cost £1 each and are available at the token booths dotted around the site and cannot be bought in advance. Children's rides start at £2, while other rides start at £3.

6. Spot Famous Faces

As one of London's most popular Christmas attractions, Winter Wonderland also attracts stars from the worlds of music, fashion, film and more, as well as members of the Royal Family. Top celebrity spots over the past years have included the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, members of One Direction, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell, Chris Martin, Rod Stewart, Tom Cruise and Tim Burton. So make sure to keep your eyes peeled on your next visit!

7. Meet Santa

See Father Christmas and his magical elves in his Santa Land grotto every day from 10am to 6pm – except Christmas Day. Meeting Santa is free and children receive a small gift. An official photographer will be taking souvenir shots that are available to buy on the day, but you can also take your own photos if you prefer.

8. Be dazzled by The Nutcracker on Ice

The award-winning Imperial Ice Stars return to London following last year’s sold-out run in the Royal Albert Hall with a brand new 60-minute ice skating show, specially created for Winter Wonderland’s 10th year. Watch the cast of world and national championship-level skaters perform the enchanting festive tale with amazing acrobatics, elegant lifts and throws, astonishing special effects and magical scenery in the Winter Palace Theatre. Book now

9. Enjoy A Taste Of Bavaria

Soak up the party atmosphere in the Bavarian Great Hall and the Famous Bavarian Village where you can tuck into bratwurst, sup a stein of German beer and watch live oompah bands perform.

10. Live The High Life

Take a flight on the Giant Observation Wheel and soar 60 metres above the ground in a comfy pod, while gazing across at the London skyline. To make the 15-minute experience extra special, order a bottle of bubbly or hire a private pod, which holds up to six people.

See full event details for Winter Wonderland. If you're staying in London and want to be close to Winter Wonderland, take a look at our pick of hotels close to Winter Wonderland.

Plus, browse our guides to what's on and Christmas in London, for more things to do in the capital over the winter season.