when the Christmas season meant more than just crowds, traffic, and a massive
drain on your wallet? Well, Winter
Wonderland 2012 – Hyde Park’s magical outdoor fair and market -- is back
for its sixth year, and will bring festive cheer to even the most Scrooge-like visitor
with jugglers and clowns, fairground rides, an ice rink and a gift-giving
Father Christmas make the free event an obvious choice for children. But visit
after dark and even adults will be transported to a picturesque wintery scene
taken straight from a feel-good movie.
stroll from the entrance on Hyde Park Corner leads you to Angels Christmas
Market, a traditional German market with Bavarian-style bars and cafes serving everything
from mulled wine and hot cider to roasted nuts, gingerbread goodies, bratwurst
sausages and hog roast. Thrill seekers can venture further into the park and buy tickets for
rides like the Star Flyer, which spins around 60m above the ground, or the
Power Tower, which rises slowly over the twinkling lights of the London skyline
and then quickly drops to the ground. Lovers can share a romantic moment in a
private pod on the Giant Observation Wheel – a 15-minute ride with a bottle of
champagne if you preorder. .
festive feast followed by a rollercoaster ride isn’t something you can stomach,
then head to this year’s new attraction, Zippos
Cirque Berserk, in the circus tent. The
evening show, inspired by the dark and twisted fairytales of the brothers
Grimm, is a 45-minute, adrenaline-raising performance with a lot of knife
throwing, motorcycle stunts and daredevil high-wire feats to keep you on the
edge of your seat.
Winter Wonderland 2012 is open
until 10 pm every night until 6 January, except 25 December.
Dalamal is the London Localite for BBC Travel