As the Christmas period draws closer, more and more people are filling up their calendar with fun festive events in London. Whether it be a family outing on Boxing Day or a festive work get together, all of the city will be wrapped up in lights, sounds and seasonal cheer.
It goes without saying then that the most prominent of the royal parks will be taking the lead on the festive fun. With a range of events at its variety of artistic institutions, and a whole festival sweeping the park during Christmas, you could do much worse on your seasonal stay at the Park Grand London Kensington than exploring the wonders of Hyde Park and the surrounding tourist attractions.
Set in the heart of the city centre, Hyde Park should be top of the list for any Christmas visit to London, and with 142 hectares of land to cover, much of the central West London it takes up is also full to the brim with unique festive secrets. Here are just a few of them.
A little bit about Hyde Park
Hyde Park is the largest of the four centrally located royal parks covering over 140 hectares of land. With a history dating back to the 1630s’, Hyde Park has long since established itself as one of the leading outdoor attractions in the city. With art galleries, sculptures, playgrounds and even an open-air swimming lido, guests at the nearby Shaftesbury London Hyde Park and other nearby hotels certainly have a wealth of entertainment right on their doorstep.
Hyde Park events this Christmas
Whilst open-air lidos might all well and good during the warmer months, picnicking and swimming might not be top fo the list for you this Christmas, especially with the all that Christmas dinner waiting for you at home and certainly weighing you down on any swimming session. Here are just a few of the uniquely seasonal events taking place in Hyde Park.
Winter Wonderland is first and foremost the top London attraction over the Christmas period. Free to enter, this is Hyde Park transformed into a vast playground of winter and Christmas themed attractions. Whilst many of the events and attractions are ticketed, you can enjoy the park itself for free and explore the vast number of curiosities for no price at all.
Ice skating in Winter Wonderland
One of the top attractions at Winter Wonderland is the ice rink next to the park’s Victorian bandstand. Open from 10 am to 10 pm daily, the ice rink is the largest outdoor skating space in the country, and promises enough space for all ages and skill levels to try their hand at this fun sport.
Magical Ice Kingdom’s a Christmas Carol
The Magical Ice Kingdom is a one of a kind attraction in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. The amalgamation of a team of ice sculptors meticulous work, the Christmas Carol Ice Kingdom is a rendering of many of the books most famous scenes and gives guests a chance to wander through 500 tonnes of snow and ice. With beautiful renderings of London’s Victorian streets, this magical sculpture park is set within an even colder environment than London’s naturally chilly winter. At minus 10 degrees, make sure to wrap up warm for this beautiful attraction.
Having travelled the world on his sleigh, it would come as no surprise if Father Christmas had sampled all of the planets delicacies, and he’d certainly not be disappointed with the selection on offer at Winter Wonderland. The broad variety of street food stalls range from all American favourites to wholesome Turkish delicacies, many of which come with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
A winter wonderland day trip wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse of Father Christmas himself. Guests at the Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel with kids should not miss the Santa’s Grotto section of Winter Wonderland. With the addition of the 45-metre ice slide and a range of other Christmas themed rides for kids and adults alike, Santa Land is the perfect Christmas destination for family-friendly fun.
Roller coasters of Winter Wonderland
Not only does Winter Wonderland come equipped with family-friendly rides, but more adrenaline-fuelled roller coasters than you could throw a snowball at. With the iconic Munich Looping transportable roller coaster travelling straight from the official Oktoberfest and the spine-tingling Ice Mountain, who said that Christmas had to be relaxing?
The Christmas Market stalls at Winter Wonderland will this year bring a range of goods from not only London but around the world. With arts, crafts and lots of Christmas goodies, you’ll have enough stocking fillers to please every member of your family.
Paddington on Ice
Winter Wonderland will also host this heartwarming family-friendly show. Paddington on Ice brings your favourite characters from the films and books to life, just a mile away from the iconic station itself. This unique show is an all-dancing all skating spectacle with some of the best ice skaters in the world. At only 45 minutes long, the show is a short ride through the jungles of Peru and all the way to the snowy streets of London.
What would Christmas be without one of the most famous circuses in the world? Zippos heads straight to Hyde Park for one of the best feats of acrobatics, stunts and all-round family entertainment.
Alternative things to do in and around Hyde Park
Carol singing at the Albert Hall
Located just a short walk from Hyde Park, the historic Albert Hall stages some of the best carol singing in the city throughout the Advent period.
With an Ice Rink located just outside of the Natural History Museum, the three singular museums that make up Museum Row promise free events and exhibitions that will keep you occupied on the more rainy days.
If you’re looking for something a little quieter than the bright lights and music of Winter Wonderland, then head on down to the Serpentine Gallery on the edge of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for a unique array of free to visit contemporary art exhibitions.
With so much to do in and around Hyde Park this season, it’s safe to say you’ll miss out if you don’t book a room right next to all the action. Secure yours now!