Christmas is a magical time of year where communities come together in the name of sharing and make their local area a truly wonderful place to be. London is no different thanks to this year’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which kicks off our run-down of the UK’s best festive markets and attractions.
Liftshare are big fans of community spirit, social connections and of course – saving money, so when we found out that around 2.5 million people visited London’s Winter Wonderland in 2013, we simply had to figure out how much they would have saved if they all used the site.
The average lift-share travel cost to the capital is £9.59 which – when split with at least one another passenger works out at a total saving of £24 million and a lot of reduced carbon emissions. That could buy you a lot of PlayStation 4 consoles and save a lot of trees at the same time!
But enough about us, let’s look at what this year’s Winter Wonderland has to offer.
The Magical Ice Kingdom is arguably the most-impressive aspect of the wonderland, and it’s back bigger and better than ever before. Children and adults can stroll through a frozen forest and enchanted icy realms filled with princesses, dragons and unicorns alike – and they might even bump into the Snow Queen and infamous wizard Merlin too. There’s also an ice slide and frozen thrones to sit on. Make sure you wrap up warm before heading into the kingdom!
Also returning this year, the Lycamobile Ice Rink is great fun for parents and kids alike, and there’s also a bandstand in the middle playing many Christmas classics to set the festive tone as you speed around the rink. At 1,600 metres squared, it is confidently the biggest outdoor ice rink in Britain, and you can even look down on it from above thanks to the Giant Observation Wheel.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa, and you’ll find him in his very own space in Santa Land. He’ll be there every day with his elves and a sack of free gifts for children who want to open a present early. The nearby Christmas market is made up of 200 chalets each offering a wide range of trinkets, including handmade decorations, gifts, jewellery, toys, cards and ceramics – to name a few. The market is ideal for any last-minute shopping and present inspiration. Those looking for a bite to eat can get their fill at the Bavarian Village, which offers bratwurst, mulled wine and other tasty treats.
The acclaimed Zippo’s Circus returns to London with two shows. The first show is for all ages and offers Christmas with a Caribbean twist – swapping snow and red noses for sunshine and high-flying wire and springboard acts. Older guests looking for something out of the ordinary can opt for the Cirque Berserk Mechanika show, which delivers some of the most dangerous circus acts in the world – including a 60mph motorbike stunt that will have you on the edge of your seat. Both shows are performed in the Mega Dome, which stands at 65-feet tall and can be found within the Winter Wonderland.
So why not check out a world of festive fun at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland? Check out our London location page to see all drivers offering lifts to the capital right now.