11 Tips for a Stress Free Visit to Winter Wonderland with Kids

After four years of visiting Winter Wonderland with kids, we’ve picked up a few things that have helped us make each visit stress free.

Winter Wonderland is one of our all time favourite places to take the children at Christmas and is listed on our top 15 places to visit with kids during the festive season.

If you haven’t been before I’d definitely recommend it. There is so much to see and do and the atmosphere is really magical. But if you have been before you can steal our 11 top tips for a fun, stress free and hassle free visit to Winter Wonderland with kids!

When to go

1. If you can, plan your visit to Winter Wonderland for first thing in the morning when the park opens at 10 am. That way you’ll beat the long queues to get into the park and onto the rides and attractions.

2. If you’re driving park in QPark Park Lane. This is the closest car park to Winter Wonderland, but be prepared to pay a fair bit in parking fees for the day!

What to take

3. Don’t take any plastic bottles of water or drinks with you. When we visited the park we saw security guards taking away bottles of drink from people. This didn’t seem to be the case with children’s drinking cups and drinking bottles.

4. If you do decide to take drinking bottles with you, Winter Wonderland has free drinking water refill points around the park.

5. Make sure you take a debit or credit card with you. Whilst you can use cash for food, you’ll need a card to buy ride tokens or use the tap and ride contactless payment.

The best rides for kids

6. The majority of rides for young children are in Santa Land. It’s also worth checking out the Traditional Funfair and Circus Town which have rides that are suitable for children of all ages.

7. Enter the park through the family gate which takes you straight into Santa Land. For Santa’s Grotto enter through the red gate. If you want to head straight to the ice rink enter through the blue gate.

How to make your money go further

8. If you’ve got your heart set on seeing a specific show or attraction pre-book your tickets online. This is something that we always do and I’d definitely recommend it. You can pre-book all the shows at Winter Wonderland in addition to the following family friendly attractions; ice skating, the magical ice kingdom and the giant wheel.

9. If you are planning to go on lots of big attractions and see a show, consider buying a family bundle ticket to save money. Bundles include tickets for a show or ice skating, the magical ice kingdom, giant wheel and £50 worth of ride tokens.

10. If you decide to buy tokens for rides, don’t buy too many at once. Tokens can only be used on the day that you purchase them. Any that you don’t use cannot be refunded.

Making the most of Winter Wonderland

11. If children need time away from the hustle and bustle you can make use of the heated family chill space in Santa Land.

So there you have our 11 top tips for a stress free, hassle free visit to Winter Wonderland with kids. If you’ve been before I’d love to know what you’d add to this list. If you haven’t, let me know if you found these helpful!


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