Christmas in London - London Lights 1
Winter Wonderland and festive city views
(Photos ©urban75, 22nd December 2009)
With Christmas Day rapidly approaching, we took a festive stroll around central London, taking in Green park, Hyde Park, the Winter Wonderland fair, Oxford Street and South Moulton Street.
Being die-hard cynic of commercial Christmas events, we weren't really expecting much from the Winter Wonderland but in the end we loved it.
It was free to get in, wasn't too packed, there was an awful lot to look at and it we left feeling surprisingly festive. We reckon it's best to get at dusk so you can see the neon growing brighter against the darkening skies.
An icy cold Green Park.
The park was neatly deserted.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. And, yes, that big moose head sang songs and moved its head in time.
There was a strong international feel with lots of German sausages (we're veggie though, so not for us!), Belgium waffles, foreign beers, mulled wines and loads of continental treats available, sold from Tyrolean-style chalets.
The outdoor ice rink.
Merry go round. Or carousel, if you like.
Apparently famous for doing-something-or-another, 'celeb' Peter Andre had taken his kids to the fair, so the paparazzi were on hand to barge small children and passers by out of the way to grab those vital photos for awful magazines.
The most cuddly toys I've ever seen in one place!
Look! There's thousands of 'em!
Bloke tries to impress his gal by winning a prize. He fails miserably, and just to add insult to injury, the guy working the stall then proceeds to show him how easy it was.
The 'Winter Wonderland Express.'
Lots of small children were getting increasingly agitated in the Hall Of Mirrors.
Rather unsettling wobbly Santa with an eternal cackling laugh.
Frozen Serpentine lake.
Bloke starts to feed ducks. Gets blitzed by dive-bombing seagulls. Bloke retires shortly after.
Gas lamp and the Serpentine.
The Big Wheel, And it was pretty big too.
The 66m high Power Tower.
Blimey, it was tall.
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