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Hyde Park Ready for Winter Fantasy

19 Nov

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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is set to cheer visitors from both home and abroad with special Christmas atmosphere.

The annual carnival in the famous royal park holds its public preview today from 4 pm to 10 pm, unveiling this year’s 45-day celebration of Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Features

The Winter Wonderland, which will officially start on 20 November, decides to make Christmas as its main selling point.

The organiser tries to deliver an atmosphere of Christmas featured by festive music and ubiquitous figures of Santa Claus and reindeers.

A special “Santa Land” has also been set up to prioritize Christmas in people’s minds for the coming winter.

Within the “Santa Land” a “Santa’s Grotto” is well prepared to remind people of the warmth in winter with a set scene of home with Christmas tree glitering, and of course, a Father Christmas welcoming.

Kate, who works as assistant at the pay-for-picture “Santa’s Grotto” said: “People like to come here because they want to keep the memory of Santa.”

“It is a special memory of Christmas for kids.” She added.

Happiness in the time of austerity

The Angel’s Christmas Market is another feature to pay attention for this year’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Main Entrance of Winter Wonderland, near Hyde Park Conner station

A dazzling variety of products are for sale at the market, from crafts to foods.

However, sellers seem to be optimistic with detectable caution because of the current economic depression.

“I hope this year will be alright,” said Susan, who works at the market for a company specialised in leather products, “People maybe don’t want to buy things because of the recession.”

“This is my fourth year here,” She added with hope, “This year the market has a new organiser, so it is supposed to be good.”

This year’s Winter Wonderland also includes attractions such as London’s largest open-air ice rink and a 53-metre-tall observation wheel.

The Winter Wonderland will officially set off tomorrow on 20 November 2010 and blow the closing whistle on 4 January 2011.

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