in a nutshell
This is the mother of all London’s Christmas markets; it’s been feeding freezing visitors hot drinks and festive meals for a decade now. Naturally, it’s gradually grown in size and scope over the years, but although crowds throng here, it still hasn’t lost any of its charm. There’s enough on offer to satisfy people of all tastes and ages, with a huge array of food and drink, as well as thrills in the form of good quality funfair rides, circus shows and ice skating. But beware, once you’ve been on a ride, skated, had some food, done some gift-shopping and bought a drink, your wallet will be considerably lighter!
about the market
2017 marks Winter Wonderland’s 10th anniversary, so this year’s event is particularly special. There are three new attractions to celebrate – the Nutcracker On Ice (an hour-long show with 4-6 shows a day, tickets from £15.95); The Magical Ice Kingdom (a frozen world made of fantastical sculptures crafted from 500 tonnes of ice and snow, including icebergs, a shipwreck, and the Palace of Polar bears – child prices from £5); and The Sooty Christmas Show (“a spectacular mix of magic, music and mess” – 11am every day £5 per child).
Other attractions on offer for 2017 include:
- Open-air ice skating with live music from the Victorian bandstand – from £9.50 to £15.50 per adult
- Two ice bars, with a complimentary cocktail included in the £14-£15 entry fee
- Zippo’s Christmas Circus (from £8.50 per adult)
- Cirque Beserk (from £12.50 per adult)
- Giant Observation Wheel (from £7 per adult)
- Munich Looping – the world’s largest transportable rollercoaster, on loan from the Oktoberfest!
And that’s not to mention all the funfair rides, bars, restaurants and craft stalls that we’ve come to expect. Food and drink options include The House of St Nicholas – wooden chalets with roaring log fires and a singing moose; the rotating Carousel Bar with DJs till late; The Fire Pit, where you can toast marshmallows with a mulled wine on the side; and many more. And finally, there’s Santa’s Grotto for the tots..