It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… especially now that Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland extravaganza has opened, starting with a particularly star studded preview last night.
MFM’s was there in the middle of all the festive action, mingling with the celebrities and their families in the cosy Bavarian Village VIP area. We saw Katie Price, who attended with daughter Princess – both in matching winter white, furry outfits.
We also spotted Noel Gallagher and his son Donovan enjoying hot churros, Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster posing for the paparazzi with four of their children, Donna Air and her daughter Freya wrapped up warm against the chill and Liberty Ross with her children, daughter, Skyla and son, Tennyson.
Vanessa White, member of girl group The Saturdays, was also there enjoying the Christmas cheer. News broke yesterday that fellow band member, Rochelle Humes, is pregnant with her first baby.
The London Winter Wonderland is bigger than ever this year. The Ice Rink, which always looks beautifully festive, is decorated with lots of twinkling lights and is this year sponsored by the film Ice Age 4 – so look out for lots of furry friends from the film! The resident Zippo’s Circus puts on a fantastic show, with everything from classic tightrope walking tricks to caged motorbike madness – it has to be seen to be believed!
The biggest new attraction for 2012, and MFM’s personal favourite, was The Magical Ice Kingdom – a building that houses an array of woodland and fantasy creatures sculpted from ice. From small squirrels to epic eagles, the whole family can wind their way through the snowy arena, culminating in a trip up and round an ice castle – and a trip down a slide made of ice!
All the usual fun fairground rides are here, with lots of exciting additions. From big rollercoasters, and the highest swing set we have ever seen, to tamer train rides and carousels in the Santa Land area, there is something suitably exciting and wintery for children of all ages to enjoy.
There are also plenty of warming pitstops to pick up anything from pretzels to Belgian fries and bratwurst sausages. Once you have filled up rumbling tummies, consider taking a trip on the Giant Observation Wheel. It’s an annual big attraction and the views from the top are amazing – especially at night.
Wrap up warm, be prepared to queue at busy periods and make sure you take a look at the map before you go. There is so much to see it can be a little overwhelming, so make sure you plan ahead to make the most of your wonder-filled trip.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park 2012, this year sponsored by outdoor clothing specialist Regatta, is open from November 23, 2012 to January 6, 2013. Open 10am-10pm, except Christmas Day when the park is closed. Entrance is free, but you will need to buy tickets for the Giant Wheel, the Circus and the Ice Rink. Fairground rides and the Magical Ice Kingdom also have entrance fees. For full details, visit the official website.