It’s no secret, like most of London we make our way to Hyde Park to get us in that festival spirit and this year we’ve got the inside track on the ultimate hangouts at this season’s Winter Wonderland…!
Perfect for after-work gatherings and weekend celebrations alike, waiting for you is an impressive food and drink offering, a fantastic line-up of free live music, a -10°C ice bar and the Bavarian Village. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is also now home to a brand-new comedy club, contributing to the fantastic offering of live events this season, with nightly shows.
Bringing an authentic taste of Old Bavaria to central London, Winter Wonderland’s Bavarian Village will be complete with cosy chalets, outdoor seating, bars, cafes and restaurants. Home to the best of festive entertainment, the Bavarian Village welcomes the return of the firm festive favourite DJ Josef with live performances in the Bavarian Hall… and this year the German songster extraordinaire is back with some of the nation’s favourite sing-along tracks. The Bavarian Hall is home to live bands and DJs and a mouth-watering array of food and drink stands. Indoor bars will serve Bavarian beer on tap and food options include a selection of Bratwurst and traditional Oktoberfest-style fare, all providing a truly authentic taste of winter. Table reservations, including food and drink packages are available and can be made online.
Festive fanatics are invited to raise a glass to 2018 and wrap up warm at the capital’s coolest venue this winter, in the spectacular surroundings of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s Bar Ice. With the tables, chairs and even glasses all sculpted entirely from ice, guests can sip on a complimentary festive cocktail which is included in the admission price. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will also feature Ice Sculpting Workshops for the first time in 2018, where Christmas crafters can learn tips from expert ice sculptors and create their very own masterpiece in a bespoke sculpting studio.
Bar Hütte is this year spicing up after-work drinks and festive celebrations, with the return of its alpine-themed bookable cabins. Each cabin includes a karaoke machine (or ‘carol-oke’ since it’s Christmas!) so you can grab the mic and sing-a-long to all the Christmas classics and latest pop hits, in style, with a cocktail in hand. Revellers can enjoy apres ski vibes in groups of up to 20 in these pre-booked spaces. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2018 also sees the arrival of Bar Hütte’s walk-in covered bar area with cosy winter terraces, blazing fire pits and daily entertainment.
With its crackling fires perfect for marshmallow toasting, The Fire Pit bar is the ideal destination for a gathering with family and friends alike. This cosy hangout features an impressive central wood burning fire surrounded by smaller fire pits, perfect for groups to enjoy, whilst sipping winter warmer cocktails. Regular live entertainment is also programmed on The Fire Pit stage presented by Southern Comfort. Music-lovers can expect to find a mixture of live music including appearances from Winter Wonderland favourites – Disco Flames – who perform 70s disco music. The Arctic Lodge with its cosy interiors and open fires will also boast an entertaining line-up of covers bands throughout the season.
Inspired by the Sami people of Lapland, Thor’s Tipi boasts a striking exterior and beautiful twinkling winter garden, surrounding three giant Scandinavian tipis. Once inside, punters will be transported to a Scandi-style Christmas, enjoying a fine selection of craft ales, mulled wine, indulgent hot chocolate, Prosecco and more.
Exclusive to Hyde Park this festive season, the brand new Winter Wonderland Comedy Club kicks off on November 22nd with a programme of 45-minute sessions, every evening at 9pm (tickets cost just £10 off-peak and £12 peak). Held in the Zippos Circus MegaDome, the season will enjoy a weekly changing programme featuring the likes of Luisa Omeilan, Terry Alderton, Dane Baptiste and Glenn Wool plus comical double act antics courtesy of Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue. 16+.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will give after-work adventure-seekers access to some of the most spectacular rides the season has to offer, from the Munich Looping to Ice Mountain to the mighty Wilde Maus XXL, thrill-chasers will be pumping with adrenaline. Coaster Passes are now available to purchase, allowing tap ’n’ ride access onto no less than nine 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 for the duration of the event and are ideal to give as gifts.
AND IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH – YOU CAN HEAD TO THE SUB-ZERO ATTRACTIONS…
The UK’s biggest open-air ice rink is back… but this year, it’s supersized! Over 1,765m2 and located within the leafy, tranquil setting of the capital’s most iconic park and is laced with thousands of twinkling fairy lights. Providing festive fun for families, friends, couples and colleagues, the ice skating sessions take place on the hour, every hour and last approximately 50 minutes.
Opens: Thursday 22 November 4pm – 10pm
Then: 23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019 10am – 10pm every day
Closed on Christmas Day
Entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE. For individual attraction ticket prices and information, please visit the official website here. Attraction tickets sell out, especially at weekends and evenings. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Individual attraction prices start from £7 adult / £5 Child / £20 Family / £6 Concession plus booking fee.