The first thing we did to kick off the month of December was visit the annual Winter Wonderland fair in Hyde Park. Honestly, it didn’t do a whole lot for me. It was crowded (ridiculously so by the time we left at noon), expensive and Vegas-style tacky.

But there were quite a few cute little chalets set up in the traditional European Xmas market style. They sold everything from crepes and waffles to mead and mulled wine to decorative Turkish bowls and London-themed Xmas ornaments.

And our son had a good time. We put him on a couple of the little-kid rides and got some great pictures of him grinning from ear to ear. We were very sad though when he got up to do a ball toss and didn’t win a single thing…especially since the two kids in front of him both won something. But he was easily distracted by the fire-engine ride immediately afterward.

We also found out that you definitely want to book some of the rides and events in advance. The one thing that I really wanted to see was the Magical Ice Kingdom. I looked online the night before and every time slot was vacant. When we arrived at 10:30am the next day, they were completely booked until 9:00 that night.

But it turned out for the best. My hubby and I met up again later in the week and went on our lunch break. The sculptures were amazing!! They keep the interior space at about 17F so the ice doesn’t melt…and they were mostly fantasy themed shapes, so they might’ve actually scared our three year old, if he’d been there.

But it was well worth the £7 each that we paid…at least if you like ice sculpture. If we hadn’t been in the middle of the work day, we might’ve taken advantage of the ice bar on the way out.  🙂