Detour | Winter Wonderland 2015

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

I have a few must-do Christmas traditions, and one of them is most definitely visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park each year.  I get so impatient to visit, it’s literally the equivalent of a kid waiting for Santa to slide down their chimney.

Winter Wonderland

The evening was FINALLY here, we were en route to the biggest, brightest, most fun (and most expensive) Christmas event in London.

A few friends had already been this year, and told me that Winter Wonderland was bigger, brighter and more fun than ever before.  It wasn’t until we arrived, that I realised just how much bigger!  It’s fricken huge this year!  So we started wandering, and made food our first priority, because that is always top of the list in my life.

Winter Wonderland

A Bavarian Village has been built, housing bars, eating spots, a giant German man (see above!) and the biggest party tent I’ve ever seen.  But first, we ordered German sausages, with sauerkraut and pretzel rolls, because calories do not count at Winter Wonderland, or any other festive spot.

Winter Wonderland

Now about that party tent, there it is, in all its glory, and it was SO MUCH FUN in there.  Live music, everyone singing, dancing, clapping (and drinking), it was all kinds of festive awesome.

Winter Wonderland

We carried on outside, towards more of the rides and attractions, and with mulled wine on the mind.

Dancing with Santa

I stopped for a little waltz with the Michelin Man.

Winter Wonderland

And then we spotted a Mulled Wine cauldron!
Mulled Wine

We ordered a couple of cups, and set off for our first ride.

Haunted House

We settled on the Haunted Mansion, because A. it was way cheaper than some of the other rides which were asking for £7 per person, and B. we noticed there were live actors in the Haunted Mansion, so hey why not really scare the life out of ourselves?!

Haunted House

We lined up, and I silently thanked the mulled wine and that extra shot of rum for making my pre-ride jitters a dull haze.  I mean, there was the grim reaper standing right there in front of me, and I was all ‘oh it will be fiiiiiine!’.  We jumped on the ride, and halfway through, there was that bloody Grim Reaper again, he had a knife (albeit a plastic one) to my throat and was grabbing at my hair.  Sounds terrifying, but I found the whole thing hysterical.  That was until the final actor jumped out at me, one which I wasn’t expecting and I screamed like, well, like a girl!

Haunted House Winter Wonderland

Leaving the Haunted Mansion, I sat down for a breather, but then my hair took on a life of its own.

It was time to get out of there!

We walked and walked, because there is a lot to see this year!  Fairground rides, cafes and bars, games, and live music.

Winter Wonderland

After wandering through the neon archway, we decided that yes it MUST be time for dessert!

Nutella Crepe

One Nutella and marshmallow crepe, coming right up!  Can I just mention, that this combination is a-maz-ing, and you totally need to try it.

Winter Wonderland

Bellies full and pockets empty of cash, we decided to call it a night.  Well that was until last Saturday evening when we returned with friends!  It’s so much fun and guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood, don’t miss out Londoners!

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