Friday, December 11, 2015

Feeling Festive @WinterWonderLDN #PhotoFriday



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!






Angels market was a shopper's delight! Cute Christmas ornaments, handicrafts, sweets and artisan foods, unique clothes and jewelry - there's something for everyone in this market. I picked up a beautifully engraved rotating candle holder and two delicious jars of homemade jams - Pear & Ginger Jam and Lemon Curd.








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!

Ciao.

P.S Linking this to Jen's #PhotoFriday. She has a lovely blog, go check it out!

18 comments:

  1. So beautiful; I wish we had something like this where I live in upstate Ne York State. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I am sure NY has its own charm during Christmas! :) Would love to see some of your festive photos...
      Thanks for dropping by !

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  2. Oh how much fun is that?!?! I too wish we had something like that where I am. We've got a couple of incredible public light displays, but nothing quite like that. Thank you for sharing it with us at Photo Friday!

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    1. Jen, I loved your Christmas ornaments and the way you've decorated your house. Merry Christmas to you and your family!:)

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  3. Wonderful warm festive cheer in the freezing weather!Beautiful pictures Aditi. Loved the ice carving, the lights and the festive glitz. Have a wonderful celebration ahead! Cheers :)

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    1. Thanks Kala! The ice sculptures were fantastic!

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  4. Wonderful fun photos.
    The ice carvings are amazing. Saw something similar in Switzerland.
    I can well imagine the fingers going numb.

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    1. Oh, tell me about it! Next time I'm carrying my gloves no matter what! ;)

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  5. These are great winter shots! I forget how fun the cold can be at this time of year!

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    1. Oh yes, it is fun! You have to just be brave and step out! ;)

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  6. Oh wow... such fun... beautiful captures... reminds me of my own trip to Munich last December... was a fantastic experience :)

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    1. Wow! Munich must have been fantastic. Do share some pics...

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  7. Such fun pics, Aditi. I love the festive season here in US too; I just wish the temperatures were more tolerable.

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    1. This time I've heard the weather is not that extreme. How is it in your area? It's best to brave the winters and step outside.

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  8. Really loved the post.. the pictures and icy sculptures .. would love to visit London someday :)

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    1. oh yes .. i am (@jaspals) from #blogchatter :)

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    2. Thanks for dropping by Jas! :)

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