Winter wonderland

Pubs that provide warmth from the cold outside, food stalls that lure you in with appetizing smells, dozens of carnival rides as well as tiny little shops selling arts and crafts.

Hyde park’s Winter wonderland 2010 had something for everyone. As I walked through the Arches into the “wonderland” I was mesmerized at the activity that surrounded me.

I was torn between giving in to the wafting smells of the Belgian waffles and shops selling Christmas sweets and my innate woman’s desire to shop, shop for the unusual arts and crafts that littered the park.

If you walk through winter wonderland methodically, you wont miss anything.

An ice skating rink is one of the attractions as well as carnival rides, like the ferris wheel and the haunted house are perfect to keep little children occupied.

For the foodie, you have a wide variety to choose from as you have many food stalls selling traditional English food, makeshift pubs in the park, a special Bavarian village, german food stalls as well as dessert shops.

Make sure you leave room for expansion when you’re dressing up for winter wonderland , as once you’re there it’s difficult to stay away from temptation. I would personally recommend the chocolate covered marzipan, available in many of the stalls.

Shopping!

Nobody wants to go to a carnival and come out empty handed and at Winter winderland you’re unlikely to! At the Angels market,there are shops selling intricate jewellery, leather accessories and soft toys.

The best part for me however, was the sheer volume of Christmas goodies. There were beautiful handmade ornaments for trees, candles made of rock salt , little gingerbread houses and delicate glass ornaments.

As the sun sets and the stars come out, the lights seem prettier, the Santa claus seems rosier and the food smells even more inviting.

As cheesy as it may sound, you actually feel like the Christmas spirit overwhelms you as the true beauty of the wonderland is only witnessed once the sun has set.

The lights from all the stalls twinkle at you, carols can be heard in the background and the cold London winter can’t banish the warmth your heart feels as you walk along winter wonderland.

This extravaganza is on from the 19th of November – 4th of January 2010, Entry is free but the food and shopping is slightly on the expensive side!

The Bavarian village

Stall selling ornaments

Christmas tree ornaments

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