Tuesday, 15 December 2015

5 reasons you absolutely have to visit Winter Wonderland

As I'm writing this, it is just 10 sleeps until Christmas Day and depending on how organised you are this year, that thought will either make you want to do a little skippy dance and crack open the mulled wine or groan very loudly as you think about everything you've been putting off for the last month that you still need to do...and therefore crack open the mulled wine. And the mince pies. And the box of Quality Streets you were attempting to save until Christmas Eve.


Recently, I took a trip down to the capital city, and amongst other places (which I'll be posting about soon so you'll totally want to come back/press follow/join me on twitter...ahem) I visited Winter Wonderland, which has gotten me firmly in the festive mood.

Along with all this festive spirit that I seem to have brought back with me to Newcastle, I've also come back approximately 17 stone heavier because apparently my brain thinks calories don't count in London, and y'know, it's December, the most wonderful time of the year so... I ate and drank my fair share, okay and there are absolutely no regrets. 

None. 

Not even a little teeny one. 

Anyway.

Winter Wunderland, situated in Hyde Park, is just the perfect place to visit in London around Christmas time, and here are 5 reasons why you absolutely have to visit...

Food
What would a post be on here without food being the top priority? Nothing, that's what. Upon entering Winter Wonderland, you could definitely mistake it for food heaven. Because that's exactly what it looks like. And smells like. And feels like. From German sausages and salted beef, to donuts and churros ladened with milk chocolate, if you enjoy food (and if you don't, are you okay?), you will definitely not be disappointed - in fact, the only problem that you may find, is choosing what to try first! 

(Let's also just take a moment to appreciate this classy photo, accentuated by an overflowing bin, yay for my photography skills, woo woo)


Atmosphere
If, like me, it sometimes takes you a little longer to get in the festive spirit, this is the perfect place to head too. Singing Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' into your hairbrush just doesn't cut it at times, but with gorgeous lights everywhere you look, the smell of mulled wine and hog roasts in the air, accompanied with music and the chattering of (lots) of merry people, it really won't take long to dive head first into all things Christmas.

The view from the Artic Lodge bar balcony
Drink
Mulled wine = Christmas, right? Pimms to summer, is what mulled wine is to winter and I for one, am pretty happy with that arrangement. One of my favourite parts of the whole park (even if they did run out of prosecco, booo) was the Arctic Lodge bar. With fairy lights in every direction you looked, great live music which people were singing and dancing along too, as well as little heated huts which you could attempt to warm up in, it just had the most lovely atmosphere you could wish for at this time of year. 

(I actually uploaded a little video of just how great the atmosphere is on my Facebook page, which you can see here!)

Rides
If what screams Christmas to you, is rollercoasters and rides that go so fast, you'll be walking like Bambi on ice, after 3 too many mulled wines, then guess what, you're in luck! Perhaps one of our best ideas whilst we were there actually, was going on two rides pretty much immediately after eating, yep, didn't think that one through but it's such a laugh all the same...

Unique gifts 
The park is split up into a number of different sections, decorated in slightly different ways, and offering a variety of food, drink and games. Parts of the park though, are dedicated to festive wooden chalets filled to the brim with lots of gifts and goodies, perfect if you're looking for a little something for a loved one.

If you're around London over the next few weeks, I really couldn't recommend visiting Winter Wonderland enough. There's so much there that I couldn't possibly mention everything, but there is also an ice rink, an ice bar and even a 'Santa land' - I mean, what more could you ask for, really?

The nearest tube to this Christmas destination is Hyde Park corner, the park is open daily from 10am-10pm and is here until 3rd January 2016.

Let me know if you've visited before in the comments!


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