Embrace the Christmas spirit with Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park.
This fun family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music, there's enough fun things to do to fill a whole day and evening.
Take a look at what's usually happening at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Plus, check the top tips to make the most of your next visit to Winter Wonderland in London.
Is Winter Wonderland open in 2021?
Christmas is back on! Celebrate the festive season as Winter Wonderland returns to London from 19 November 2021 to 3 January 2022.
What are the top activities at Winter Wonderland?
Winter Wonderland activities include the chance to:
- Skate to live music on the Winter Wonderland ice rink, the UK's largest outdoor rink.
- Marvel at the acrobatic wonders at a circus show.
- Soar into the sky on the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and see the twinkling London lights below.
- Ride a traditional carousel or brave the giant loops of nine different rollercoasters at the fairground.
- Create your very own ice sculpture at the Ice Sculpting workshops
- Step into the Magical Ice Kingdom, a fantasy palace with forest glades, sorcerers and more.
Winter Wonderland's Christmas markets
Browse the traditional Christmas Market, one of the largest London Christmas markets complete with charming chalets overflowing with festive goods. Shop for unusual and unique gifts, arts and crafts, trinkets, jewellery and decorations.
What are the best family activities at Winter Wonderland?
Winter Wonderland family activities include:
- Enjoying carousel and helter-skelter rides at the traditional fairground with young kids or giving older children adrenaline-fuelled rides on the Winter Wonderland rollercoasters.
- Being enchanted by daytime shows, which included Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Beserk.
- Stepping into Winter Wonderland Santa’s Grotto in Santa Land, where the little ones can meet Father Christmas and get a small free gift (if they’ve been good of course!)
- There’s also a host of fun rides for smaller children, including a 45m-long (148ft) Ice Slide!
Where can you eat and drink at Winter Wonderland?
- Head to Winter Wonderland’s many restaurants, bars and food stalls for tasty food, mulled wine or warming hot chocolate.
- Try festive German fare, such as German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village.
- Wrap up and relax with a cocktail at Bar Ice, where the bar, tables and even glasses are made of ice. Booking in advance is essential.
- Warm up at the Fire Pit bar with its crackling fires and uplifting live music.
- Ride the carousel and enjoy a slow 360-degree spin with a festive drink at the Carousel Bar.
- Enjoy craft ales, hot chocolate and warming food in giant tipis at Thor's Tipi. Snuggle up by the log fires, grab a blanket and escape the cold outside.
Winter Wonderland tickets
Winter Wonderland must be pre-booked and during off-peak times is free to enter, but entry at peak times and access to some activities requires a paid-for ticket. If you spend an additional £20 on paid-for attractions, rides or games when booking your entry ticket, your entry fee will be free.
Paid-for attractions include:
- Ice skating
- Giant Observation Wheel
- Magical Ice Kingdom
- Circus shows
- Bar Ice
- Ice-sculpting workshops
- Fairground rides and games
Top tips for Winter Wonderland 2021/22
Follow these tips for Winter Wonderland to make the most of the Christmas attraction:
- Buy tickets in advance: This year’s event is ticketed
- Pick the best time: When booking, select a timeslot to suit you – entry at off-peak times is free, while standard entry is £5 and peak time access requires is £7.50 per adult ticket.
- Wrap up warm: Being an outside attraction, it can get a bit chilly at times. Make sure to wear warm clothing, such as hats, gloves and scarves – particularly if you’re visiting Bar Ice, the Magical Ice Kingdom or going ice skating.
- Look out for famous faces: Many celebrities and VIPs have visited Winter Wonderland over the years, from the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George to Tom Cruise and Naomi Campbell.
Winter Wonderland opening times
London's Winter Wonderland is open daily from 10am to 10pm, except Christmas Day.
Prices and opening times
|Admission||Up to £7.50 per ticket|
Admission to Winter Wonderland must be pre-booked.
Entry is free during off-peak times and costs £5 or £7.50 for peak hours. Charges apply for rides, ice skating, big top shows, the observation wheel and other attractions.
Daily (except Christmas Day): 10am to 10pm