Walking In a Winter Wonderland | Winter Wonderland Experience

Good Evening Munchkins! As I explained in yesterday’s blog post today I will be writing about my ‘Winter Wonderland Experience’ (let’s just take a moment to appreciate how original today’s title is as well!). I went on Boxing Day which was Friday so it is still quite fresh in my mind. I have a hell of a lot of photo’s to show you as well, so do enjoy that. If you would like to see what I wore, you can read the blog post HERE or wait for the link at the end.

Just like to quickly mention that as the A* blogger I am, I forgot to take pictures of the entrance which was very stupid of me I know but I was ‘living in the moment’. I didn’t take as many as most would like if they were like a proper professional this-is-my-life-blogger as it was a day out with the fam-a-lam though I did take a lot.

When you first arrive, it is like a massive German Market, it was honestly amazing and they had stalls on either side of the path with loads of little lovely bits. There were things like candles, Christmas decorations and of course bars with hot chocolate! I think I had three hot chocolates in total and the last was by far the best – flake and whipped cream, yes please! It was cold but I can’t really complain about that because I live in England and it’s December. You didn’t really notice when walking around to be honest. There were some heated areas though the majority was outside. As you can tell from the photos it was very cloudy, but again you hardly noticed due to the lights outside and things. In the photos I didn’t really crop anything out bar one picture because I thought the random strangers would add to the Christmas/community feel. Sorry for that!

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To be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect before I went, but it’s kind of like a Christmas-themed theme park. I didn’t realise there were going to be so many rides, and they weren’t just little children’s rides as well! There were some massive ones. For rides you had to pay in tokens and it’s £1 a token. Most rides were 3 tokens per person, so if there’s a group of you it’s going to add up a lot! The only ride I went on (if you can count it as a ride) was the big wheel. It was like the London Eye only the carts swung a little. Nearly gave me a heart attack, but you could see all over Hyde Park and we pointed out places that we wanted to go next, it was great!

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(By the way, the Merry-Go Round, I feel that’s the wrong name, was so cute!)

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I don’t know about you, but food is very important to me and as a pescatarian it can be hard finding food for me (especially where they mainly sold German sausages. Innuendo right there ;).). In the middle of this German Market they had a Veggie’s-Only stall. My life was officially complete! They had Garlic Bread baguettes with loads of different Veggie toppings. That made me so happy, I can’t even tell you! Of course they sold hot drinks everywhere as well. They had one stand selling roasted chestnuts which added to the atmosphere (I don’t particularly like them but they looked good!). They had loads and loads of sweet shops and a few chocolate fountain places which was just amazing. Very happy with the food stalls, very happy indeed!

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(For any Alice in Wonderland fans like myself, just seeing this in person will make you the happiest person to have ever lived!)

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One of the events you have to pre-book is the Magical Ice Kingdom which the 5 of us all went to. This is quite pricey (it was something like £50 for all of us) and you’re not in there for very long as it is minus 8 degrees C but the ice sculptures are amazing! We went in there no more than 10 minutes and it’s very short but those sculptures, words just can’t describe! I didn’t take pictures of them all as 1. my fingers were numb and 2. I didn’t think some would show up as clearly as others. You could have your pictures taken on these ice thrones but you would have probably had to pay to get it so ya know. If you can brace the cold, do it but if not maybe skip this one. I’ll tell you how cold it was, when we went back outside it felt warm. And those in London Friday will know how cold it was!

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One of the things a lot of people think of when thinking of Winter Wonderland in the ice rink. It is very popular, I’ll let you have that! You do have to pre-book and if you’re kind of wobbly on your feet perhaps its not really worth it. There are so many people going in the perfect rhythmic circle so maybe it’s better for those who are confident and know what they’re doing. I didn’t have a go as I can’t ice skate and we didn’t pre-book. I’m not sure how much it cost but it did look so pretty, especially with the Christmas tree in the middle.

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I’ve only got a few more photos that don’t really fit in any particular category, so here you go:

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To actually get into Winter Wonderland is free but the rides and things as I mentioned before are not so if you’re planning to do rather than just walk through, take your pennies with you! I would recommend it as it really gets you into the Christmas spirit and is so easy to get to. We got the train to Victoria Station and got the bus (number 73) to London Hilton Hotel. From there it’s only a 2 minute walk to the entrance and you’ll see it anyway. This is great for the family as they have a Santa’s Grotto for the little ones, rides for the older ones and stalls for the even older ones! For more information click HERE to go to the website.

I do hope you enjoy these blog posts. I don’t mean them to show off as this and the Coca Cola Van were both free, you just have to take the opportunity when you’re given it!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon,

Rachel xx

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Email Me: rachelkate01@yahoo.co.uk

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