Winter Wonderland

Over the weekend Lee, Matt and I wandered down to Regents & Oxford streets for a bit of street photography.  The city was kind enough to close the roads to traffic on Saturday in order to encourage the Christmas shoppers to come out and play.

And come out they did!

Oxford Street, closed to traffic for some serious Christmas shopping.

It was essentially an orgy of advertising with loads of branded freebies being handed out and big screen televisions reminding us of what products we need to buy and which musicals we should see.  I know, musicals?  I was surprised too.  Those crafty thespians are getting wise.  There were some folks who were there just for the fun of it though.

Chirstmas Storm Troopers and a festive Boba Fett.  Obviously.

Move over Santa, this year I’m sitting on Boba Fett’s knee and telling him what I want for Christmas.

From the throngs of shoppers on Oxford street, we decided to make our way to Hyde Park to experience the Winter Wonderland and the throngs of shoppers there.  The second group of shoppers were slightly more bearable, I think due to the close proximity to mulled wine, beer and Bavarian sausages.  We managed to find a bit of beer ourselves.

Myself, Matt, Lee and Lee's fancy new sign

The Wonderland is infinitely better this year than it has been in the past.  Previous years had a sorry showing of maybe a dozen stalls and a few standard carnival rides that had been smothered in Christmas decorations to make them seem festive.  I’m sorry, but putting your 15 foot Grim Reaper in a red jumper doesn’t automatically mean your haunted house ride becomes full of yule tide joy.

This year they pulled out all the stops.  At a guess I’d estimate there were over a hundred shops and stalls and most were fairly unique and interesting.  There was no end to the sausage stands or mulled wine vendors, you almost had to feel sorry for the lonely Chinese food stall that was set up.  Nobody comes to a German Christmas market for sweet & sour chicken balls I’m afraid.

Skating at the winter wonderland.

Saturday was actually my second visit to the Winter Wonderland, and I don’t imagine it will be my last either.  Definitely worth a visit or two, even if you’ve already finished up your Christmas shopping for the year.  Yea right!

A carousel in the winter wonderland.

There’s a few more photos in the gallery.

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4 Responses to “Winter Wonderland”

  1. zoe tydeman Says:

    oh keith! that was spectacular! i’m quite terribly envious of you living there!

    but thank you so much for sharing all the pics and the posts – amazing!

    (best be careful, or i’ll book a ticket and crash on your couch this time next year!)


    cheers, Z

  2. zoe tydeman Says:

    wtf did i write keith?

    sorry kev, two different things on my brain. 🙁

  3. Kevin Says:

    haha, not to worry miss! Thanks for the comments, and you’re always welcome to pop over and abuse my couch 🙂

  4. zoe tydeman Says:

    might be sooner than you think, kev … i need a vay-cay! 🙂

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