Winter Magic

London is a beautiful place in the winter.

My all-time-favourite place to visit in London is it’s 625-acre Hyde Park. In the summer, nothing beats a book under one of its trees by the Serpentine. But in the winter? Nothing beats (or will ever beat) Winter Wonderland.

The entrance to Winter Wonderland, via Hyde Park Corner station.

The entrance to Winter Wonderland, via Hyde Park Corner station.

 

When you first walk in, you see an endless road of wooden cabins on the left and right, which all sell varieties of different goodies: chocolates, gifts, house decorations, roasted chestnuts, scarves and gloves–but the secret is that almost all of them are home-made by talented families or individuals.

The wooden cabins on both sides, with the Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree in the background.

The wooden cabins on both sides, with the Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree in the background.

 

You can see massive roller-coaster tracks from across the park (I’m not one who loves roller coasters, or any of those big rides. I’m even afraid of horror houses!), and you’ll find dozens of classic arcade games you’d find at any fair: shoot the duck, throw rings into the bottleneck, pop the balloons with darts, pick a random bag and you’ll always win, and even pop the balloons with a bow and arrow! That last one, I must admit, is my favourite game. I’ve won a prize in it two years in a row!

Me, winning the archery game at Winter Wonderland.

Me, winning the archery game at Winter Wonderland.

 

If you plan on visiting it, make sure you do during a weekday morning! It’s much more crowded starting midday, and at night it’s almost like a traffic jam!

I miss Winter Wonderland, and I can’t wait till November to go again.

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