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Top 10 tips for Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland returns to Hyde Park in 2018 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 the magical Christmas attraction Winter Wonderland.

1. Buy tickets in advance

Winter Wonderland is free to enter but certain attractions become fully booked during peak periods. Buy Winter Wonderland tickets in advance for ice skating, ice sculpting workshops, The Magical Ice Kingdom presents The Secret Forest, The Snowman Experience, Bar Ice, the Giant Observation Wheel, Teletubbies Christmas Show, Peter Pan on Ice, Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, Zippos Christmas Circus, Bar Hütte and Cirque Berserk.

You can also purchase a Coaster Pass online before your visit, giving you access to all nine rollercoasters.

2. 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 a weekday morning. Experience a fabulously festive atmosphere during the evening as the attraction's bars and restaurants spring to life with live music, DJs and twinkling lights.

3. Use contactless payment

Unlike in previous years, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and games throughout Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in 2018-2019 accept contactless card payments, as well as cash. You can also pay for Winter Wonderland rides via contactless payment or using tokens, which are available at the token booths dotted around the site.

4. Take the kids

This family-friendly attraction has rides galore to keep children of all ages happy. There are gentle rides and attractions for children as young as two, with thrilling rollercoasters for teens. Most of the festival site is buggy-friendly and there are baby-changing facilities at various toilets.

Enjoy many activities with the little ones, including Winter Wonderland ice skating, Zippo's Christmas Circus, Peter Pan on Ice, The Snowman Experience, Teletubbies Christmas Show and The Magical Ice Kingdom presents The Secret Forest.

5. 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 presents The Secret Forest, chilled to a frosty -10C (14F)... brrr! But, if you're feeling cold, you're never far away from a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.

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 years have included the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, members of One Direction, Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Chris Martin, Rod Stewart, Tom Cruise and Tim Burton. So make sure to keep your eyes peeled on your next visit!

7. Live the high life

Take a flight on Winter Wonderland's Giant Observation Wheel and soar 60m (200ft) above the ground in a comfy pod, while gazing across the London skyline. To make the 15-minute experience extra special, hire a private pod, which holds up to six people.

8. Enjoy a taste of Bavaria

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

9. Be dazzled by a top show

Experience beloved festive tales with one of Winter Wonderland's shows. This year, enjoy Peter Pan on Ice, which tells the classic story through amazing skating and acrobatics, elegant lifts and throws, astonishing special effects and magical scenery. Or marvel at the daredevil moves pulled off by the cast of Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk.

10. Meet Santa

See Father Christmas and his magical elves in his Santa Land grotto, which has it's own dedicated family entrance, and is open every day 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.

See full event details for 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.

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