Europe, UK

Winter Wonderland

February 20, 2013

Do you know the feeling of always wanting to do something, but you never get to do it? Maybe you’ve always wanted to take the subway from one end to the other or to build a legit sand castle on the beach or to eat raw oysters or even to have your morning run along the beach. I could go on and on, but you get the point, right? Well, I have always wanted to go to a carnival. Sure, one or two of them come into town and set up at a mall’s parking lot in the spring time, but for some reason, I never went.

Naturally, I got way too excited when I found out London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland would be in full-swing during the week we were there. In fact, I was excited to the point that I went twice within 5 days. Yea, no joke, I was one happy kid, alright.

Every year, beginning from the end of November until mid-January, a part of Hyde Park is transformed from its usual green space into a magical carnival, complete with thrill rides, circus tent, and a skating rink.

The Giant Observation Wheel and another ride. This is one of my favourite pictures from the trip.

The Giant Observation Wheel and another ride. This is one of my favourite pictures from the trip

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The park as viewed from the Giant Observation Wheel

The park as viewed from the Giant Observation Wheel

There is also a Christmas Market enveloping the outskirts of the Carnival. Seriously, the Christmas season doesn’t get better than this! I’m telling you, the Europeans know how to celebrate holidays so much better than the rest of us in North America!

What kind of Christmas Market would it be without someone selling Belgian waffles? These were divine and I positively devoured them within minutes of receiving them in my hands.

For those of you who are convinced that I’m not an adventurous eater (ya, you know who you are!), be proud of me! I actually tried the Hog Roast Bap – basically a hot dog bun stuffed with roasted pork and cracklings (extremely crispy pork skins), topped with ketchup and apple sauce. As delicious as that sounds, eating it was a terribly messy affair.

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Amen!

Sugar overload!

Sugar overload!

There were also some incredibly artsy booths selling things like wood-carving, candles, and artificial snow!

Wooden accessories

Wooden accessories

Candles

AMUSED!

AMUSED!

If you are ever in London during the Christmas season, do spend some time at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It’ll make you feel like a little kid again, I promise! Plus, it’s absolutely free to enter! No charge, no hidden fees, NOTHING (Whoa! I sound like a cell-phone advertising company there!). You’ll only spend money if you want to buy foods and/or crafts, to go on the rides, and to play the games.

You know what they say – the best things in life are free. Well, this is one of them!

3 Comments

  • Reply Lisa February 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    It looks magical! So cool :)

  • Reply Arianwen February 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I spent my first Christmas abroad this year. Really missed the wonderland, and the ice skating!!

    • Reply lem0nandlime February 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Hey Arianwen,

      I can imagine how much you missed it! London surely knows how to treat the holiday season well! The city was brimming with decorations – it was such a treat to be there!

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