Saturday, 20 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Hey my Christmas munchkins,
(wow weird intro Ellora)

I hope you’re all well and enjoying the festive spirit – 5 sleeps to gooooo!
I don’t know why but this year in particular, I am ridiculously excited about Christmas. Usually it’s just like oh yeah, okay, Christmas, cool... But this year I’ve been like a little kid. I think it’s a mixture of the fact that I’m in a cold place so it feels a lot more Christmassy and also London has had Christmas decorations up since October so it’s been a long time coming!

In light of all of this Christmas spirit, I headed to Hyde Park last Saturday (along with the rest of London – so many people) to check out Winter Wonderland. I didn’t really know what to expect – in fact I thought it might be a disappointment after all the hype – but it was really something else. From the moment we exited the tube station, it was like we’d left London entirely and gone to a land of Christmas mayhem. I don’t even know how to describe the chaos (their website might help) so I’m going to try and sum it up in a few 3 word sentences:
- Christmas on drugs.
- Too many people.
- Drunk Christmas jumpers.
- Massive sensory overload.
Uhhhh yeah, that’s all I’ve got. Basically it was just a giant Christmas-themed theme park with a ton of rides and fried foods and wooden huts disguised as a Bavarian Christmas market.

I think if you’re in London, it’s definitely worth checking out! A personal favourite was the “Oktoberfest tent”, which was CRAZY. Emma and I couldn’t believe it when we went in there. It was the middle of the day and there were just hoards of drunk adults dressed in Christmas jumpers while they blasted crazy German music. There was dancing. There was singing. There was even a disco ball.

I’ve heard it’s even crazier at night so I would love to see what that’s like some time. Perhaps not so child-friendly..
When we left at around 5pm, they had stopped people going in as they were at maximum capacity and the line was huge so I think it’s pretty popular at night also. What I found really cool is that there’s no entry fee, so it’s up to you how much money you spend. You can spend absolutely nothing by just walking around and soaking in the atmosphere, or you could spend a lot of money if you wanted to do all the things the offer – countless rides, ice-skating, eating, drinking, circus, the list goes on and on.

That’s all from me today – my next post will be up in a few days about ice-skating at the Natural History Museum! So gorgeous.
I’m also heading to Austria to spend Christmas with family on Monday so there’ll be some good posts coming from that too!

Until then, stay safe and enjoy the holiday season,

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