For the last two weekends we had been planning to visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, an annual German Christmas market and carnival in London. We finally did on a grey and damp Thursday evening. And what fun! From mulled wine, to hot chocolate, to German beer and waffles, music, games, bratwurst and what not - we soaked (literally too) in the festive spirit!
I couldn't believe how huge the market was. As far as my eye could see there were beautifully lighted wooden chalets selling everything - from food to handicrafts to Christmas gifts - you name it. As soon as I entered I got my groove on by sipping some deliciously warm mulled wine and from there there was no stopping. I was a like a little kid in a candy shop!
By far, the most favourite and magical place to be in the Winter Wonderland was the Magical Ice Kingdom. With a freezing -8°c temperature inside, the experience of walking amongst the spectacular ice sculptures was only too real!
By the time we got out, we couldn't feel our hands. The slight drizzle had turned into a pour and we rushed to the Bavarian Village to soothe our grumbling tummies. The foot long sausages were calling out to us but the live music enticed us to another side where a sea of people were swinging to the music, a beer in hand.
The vibe here was amazing! We stayed for a song and then squeezed are way out towards the eats.
It was time to go but not before trying our hand at shooting hoops and throwing soft ball to knock the pyramid of bottles. But alas, luck was not by our side and perhaps just to win a minion soft toy I might go again.
Londoners, you don't want to miss this! Winter Wonderland 2015 is here till 3rd January 2016 and is open from 10am to 10pm everyday (except Christmas Day) and the entry is free!
Major attractions like the Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Circus etc are ticketed and you may want to book your tickets in advance, especially if you are planning to visit on the weekend.
Dress warmly and do carry a pair of gloves if you are planning on visiting the Ice Kingdom. Carry cash, not only for your food and drinks but also for the rides and carnival games which cost around £2 - £3 (you can purchase tokens for the rides from selected token booths beside each ride)
Most importantly, bask in this festive spirit and enjoy it to the fullest!
P.S Linking this to Jen's #PhotoFriday. She has a lovely blog, go check it out!