Since we are in London for Christmas this year, we wanted to make sure that we really got to see all the Christmas-y stuff here. It has been cold lately so we bundled up and headed to shop and see the windows at Harrods!
Their theme this year is The Wizard of Oz! All the window are completely awesome! The pièce de résistance:
They changed all the lights to green!
After shopping in Harrods for a few hours (much more looking than shopping!), we hopped a bus to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! I have seen ads for this all over the city and it was really great. It is patterned after a German Christmas Market with stalls selling trinkets and food.
They also had tons of rides. I was never allowed to ride traveling carnival rides as a kid and my parents have firmly instilled the belief that you have about a 75% chance of dying if you do ride them. I still don’t ride them. I do, however have a weakness for giant slides (apparently chances of death reduced to only 25% on giant slides) and those have always been my go-to activity at carnivals and state fairs and the like. This slide did not disappoint and it wrapped around a big silo tower! All the 7 year olds and I had a blast:
The food was great! We had a German sausage and sauerkraut, pretzel, mini doughnuts, and German potatoes!
There was a band playing and to our best guess, they were British men of German heritage, trying to play country music. We laughed and danced and sang along. Eventually, our noses and feet were so cold that we headed home. Yesterday, we went to grab lunch and then walked around to see the decorations at Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and then walked to look at the Christmas windows at Fortnum and Mason (one of London’s oldest department stores). London is a fun city all the time but the Christmas time is really spectacular.