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Wimbledon Winter Wonderland 2014

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Wimbledon is turning into a Winter Wonderland once again. Every year the town centre transforms into a magical world of food, song, and performance. Each time, something slightly different is offered, so you never feel like you're doing the same old thing again.

wimbledon winter wonderland, carol singing


When I went in 2012, it was an evening event only, and there were only really two main areas of entertainment. The first area was Centre court. Inside, you could listen to carol singers and attend a free signing given by Warick Davis, who was starring in the upcoming Snow White pantomime at the New Wimbledon Theatre. As the guest of honour, Davis was also in charge of setting off the fireworks above Centre Court, which was a fabulous sight that didn't seem like it was ever going to come to an end.

wimbledon winter wonderland, glow sticks


The light show started long before the fireworks came out. Trees, shops, and anything else drape-able were decorated in fairy lights, while stall holders sold glow sticks that flashed in the night.

wimbledon winter wonderland, toys


Over by the piazza it was games galore, with round-a-bouts, football (goal shooting), and stalls selling toys.

wimbledon winter wonderland, zebra


The streets were crowded with not only people, but also animals. Well, kind of. Love Wimbledon brought along many mascots to help keep everyone entertained, including a dog, rooster, zebra, and Womble.

wimbledon winter wonderland


Then there were the street performers, varying from a Brazilian parade to a man painted in black, who jumped out at you as you walked by.

wimbledon winter wonderland, cupcakes


And of course you can't forget the glorious street food: churros and crepes warmed your innards, while cupcake indulged your sweet tooth.

2013 expanded to an all day event, in which the streets closed, making it safe for pedestrians to roam. There were giant family games such as Connect 4, live performances, and promotion of their Aladdin pantomime. This year's pantomime is Cinderella.

The Wimbledon Winter Wonderland 2014 will be for one day only, on the 30th November between 12pm - 6pm. This year there will be even more to enjoy, and more places to enjoy it. The streets will be traffic free, but full of sparkles, snowflakes, and rides.

Visit the Frozen Castle in Centre Court, before joining in sing-a-long with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf on the Piazza's Ice Stage, as they perform 'Let It Go' at 1pm. You can then meet them personally on the streets until 3pm.

wimbledon winter wonderland
Image from https://www.facebook.com/lovewimbledon


Santa will be in his Grotto, awaiting bright-eyed children, and his Elves have been practising the art of fire-eating. Meanwhile, it looks like Mr Snowman has been at Santa's mince pies, because he is now big enough to accept anyone who challenges him to some sumo-wrestling.

wimbledon winter wonderland
Image from https://www.facebook.com/lovewimbledon


Older kids will be able to have a go on a ski boarding simulator and get to ride a rodeo reindeer. How long can you stay on?

wimbledon winter wonderland
Image from https://www.facebook.com/lovewimbledon


If you get hungry, feast on delicious street food from around the world, such as Caribbean rotis, Taiwan noodles, American burgers, and traditional British mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. There will also be a Christmas Market with stallholders selling lots of gifts.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 30th Nov, 12pm
Where: Wimbledon Town Centre
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