Christmas is celebrated across the globe, especially in London, with Christmas themed events, activities, food and markets. The sparkling festive lights hang in the streets of London while Christmas music plays in stores. There are ice skating rinks, a chance to meet Santa Claus and carol concerts.

Winter Wonderland is an annual event that occurs in Hyde Park in London that is held from mid-November to the beginning of January every year. Winter Wonderland has attractions, rides, ice-skating, Santa Land, karaoke, Zippos circus, food, bars and live music. However, with the Giant Observation Wheel, you can experience London’s skyline by soaring 60 metres above Hyde Park. Munich looping was back again this year, which is the world’s largest transportable roller coaster. A brand new ride is the Winter Wonder View Tower that lifts you up 80 metres getting a 360 view of London’s skyline. More than 3 million people attended this year's Winter Wonderland, increasing from last year. The open-air event has been open for over 10 years from 10am-10pm. Including free entry, you feel like you are literally in a Winter Wonderland. No matter how old or young you are you can have a Christmas experience at Winter Wonderland, where there is something for you.

Every year people spend time with their family and friends during the festive season, almost 1 million people in the UK will spend Christmas alone. The consequence of this is that 55% of people say that they rely on the TV for company if they are alone. Could you imagine being alone on Christmas Day?

Misha Patel

Farringtons School