Winter Wonderland

We went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park last weekend. It’s the third year in a row that we’ve gone and I have a feeling we’ll go back again this holiday season. I just love this time of year!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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146 Responses to Winter Wonderland

  1. I’ve never been, shame on me, would it be good for the boys? 4 and 2

  2. Letizia says:

    What fun- perfect to get you in the holiday mood! All the hanging santas lit up are funny πŸ™‚

    • TBM says:

      I love the guys looking so serious in front of the Santas. Oh we really count down the days for it to open each year. We stumbled upon it our first year here and it’s become a tradition.

  3. Looks so festive and cozy. I love the twinkle lights. Hope you get to go again this year.

  4. Caroline says:

    I think I’d enjoy this as well.
    I’d love to g to the Christmas market in Colmar this yer, It’s beautiful. It’s just half an hour from where I live.

    • TBM says:

      I loved the Christmas markets in Prague last year. I hope you visit the one in Colmar. It’s such a festive thing to do and really gets one in the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing the link. I wish I could go.

  5. bocafrau says:

    Looks like fun. Seems like a lot of people like to check it out. I miss the Christmas Markets I grew up with in Germany. They were always so much fun!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Ooh I want to go and beer and sausages sounds good. I may skip sitting on Santa’s lap – poor old guy, it would’t be fair to him!

  7. bulldog says:

    That looks a lot of fun…

  8. I think I went twice…it was OK. I so hate Christmas, though πŸ˜‰ Although there’s some nice food to be had, I must admit.

  9. Anna says:

    It looks really nice! Funny to see leaves in the trees a month before Christmas. This is such a nice time of the year, Christmas brings lights and warmth to the otherwise dark season. This weekend, I’ll be off to Berlin and will hopefully see a Christmas market there. I’ll also be happy to go back to Finland for Christmas, it’s a real winter wonderland! πŸ™‚

    • TBM says:

      We were talking the other day that we haven’t been to Finland yet. Not sure if we’ll go soon, but it’s been mentioned more than once. That’s usually a sign. I bet you do find some markets in Germany. Enjoy and take lots of photos. I loved the ones in Prague!

      • Anna says:

        Great to hear, Finland has a lot to offer. If you ever start planning I’ll be happy to help! Winter and Autumn are perfect times to see Lapland (northern lights, husky rides, reindeer, snow, nature etc.) and Helsinki is at its best during summer when the city is more lively. And thanks, will try and take lots of pictures!

      • TBM says:

        I would love to go in the winter and I think I missed autumn this year πŸ™‚ We almost went a few years ago, but couldn’t fit it in when we were in Sweden and Norway. But it’s pretty close to London so I knew it wouldn’t be hard to arrange a trip back that direction.

        I loved Berlin. Such a great city: the beer, food, the people, and history. Love it.

  10. Anna says:

    Nice to hear that you liked Berlin, I am really looking forward to finally going there. And yes, visiting Finland during winter would be very special – especially in the North it’s bound to be magical. This year and the following one are supposed to be a good time to spot Aurora Borealis too! πŸ˜€ You’ve almost seen all the countries of Scandinavia, nice! Most travelers don’t even look into that direction πŸ™‚

    • TBM says:

      That’s the beauty of my challenge. I have to go everywhere–no excuses. We were in Iceland in August, but way too early to see the lights. Magical. That’s always the word I associate with Finland. And Santa, but I know he doesn’t live there.

      Make sure you see the Brandenburger Tor at light. It’s beautiful when lit up. Not sure how long you have, but the museums near the Berliner Dom are amazing.

      • Anna says:

        The Brandenburgen Tor is on the to-do list! I’ve only got a weekend, but my boyfriend lives in Berlin so we will get around from one place to another quite quickly!

        Santa does live in Finland, at least according to Finnish traditions! πŸ™‚ Iceland is on my list too, would be lovely to do some hiking there. I also hope to see as many countries as possible, it’s a fantastic challenge to have! This way you can make sure life will never be boring!

      • TBM says:

        How neat that you have a local showing you around. I bet you won’t get lost as much as we did!

        I didn’t know that was a Finnish tradition. I believe! Iceland is wonderful. We did the golden circle tour and loved it. Wish I had more time to hike–next time. It’s hard to get bored when traveling. So much to take in and experience. And trying new beer helps. And good Finnish beers?

      • Anna says:

        I can only imagine how much you enjoyed Iceland, everyone seems to love it! Finnish beer is quite bad, we actually joke that our local beer is called “Koff” (pronounced cough) for a reason! We drink spirits to keep us warm in the winter, haha! People also drink long-drinks and ciders. But Lapin Kulta is an OK beer and of course everything new is worth trying.

      • TBM says:

        Now I’m really curious about how bad the beer is. Might have to do a taste test when I’m there and see if I can uncover the Lapin Kulta.

  11. Not that I am opposed to quaffing a brew on two in Santa’s Pub, but is Christmas as commercialized across the pond as it is here in the US when the department store decorations spring up on the Tuesday after Labor Day? I am waiting for the store that keeps them up 365 days a year reasoning with this skewed logic: “When you shop here every day is Christmas!”

    • TBM says:

      Christmas decorations go up here early. As soon as summer ends, they are preparing for Christmas. Halloween isn’t big and they don’t have Thanksgiving, so it’s straight to Christmas.

  12. Such a great place, I do hope you get back there again during the season. I think I would be tempted to live there, lol!

  13. lynnsbooks says:

    Such lovely pictures!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Looks fun and fabulous! Hope you get to go back this year!

  15. How fun! This brings back wonderful memories of the Christmas markets in Germany.

  16. poppytump says:

    Christmassy feeling abounds πŸ™‚
    Have you got your Advent Calendar on standby TBM ….

  17. I hope you get to go again, too. Looks like fun. I imagine London is fabulous this time of year.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  18. Great pictures! This event looks like so much fun, not to mention perfect for the holidays. No wonder you enjoy going!

  19. Santa’s Pub – I am there–see you next year

  20. Rorybore says:

    That looks like a lot more fun than the winter wonderland I have going on right now!

  21. Ooh, ooh, ooh you can visit Santa there!! You have to go back and get your picture taken with Santa. Actually, you should get a photo of you and Santa enjoying a beer in the pub with you sitting on Santa’s lap. Then of course you have to have a picture of Miles and Att with Santa too. Go back this weekend ok?

  22. cupitonians says:

    These are stunning photos!

  23. aFrankAngle says:

    It seems there’s a bit of nip in the air, but that’s wonderful for the season. Happy Thanksgiving … and a musical treat for you.

  24. Vishy says:

    Beautiful pictures, TBM! So glad that you had a wonderful time!

  25. restlessjo says:

    Looks fun! I’m just back from my first Christmas meal out, and feeling sleepy πŸ™‚

  26. Looks like fun! Reminds me of our Octoberfest in St. Louis only with Santa.. πŸ™‚

  27. Lovely photos! I can see that you had a great time:)

  28. T.F.Walsh says:

    Oh wow… loved your photos. It looks so good… feeling a bit envious:)

  29. Jo Bryant says:

    Winter just doesn’t have the same feeling here…I miss that time of year most from living in Holland.

  30. The Guat says:

    Dude this looks awesome. I love these pics Santa’s Pub looks cool as does the photo of the stall with the stuffed Santa prizes. This would totally get me in the mood. I need some WinterWonderland over here. Something within a five mile radius, not something I have to sit in hour-traffic to get to, that would just kill the spirit and replace it with road rage. Ho Ho Ho.

    • TBM says:

      We tried going back to Winter Wonderland this past Saturday and there was a long line to get in. I’ve been there so many times and never had to wait in line. Never. We ended up skipping it since the line was so long and not moving. Not an inch. Hopefully that was just a one time thing and I can go back in the future without having the spirit killed.

      Oh I remember California traffic. Remember it well even though it was over 20 years ago.

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