A 'COVID-safe' Winter Festival has opened in London with rides and stalls from Hyde Park's cancelled Winter Wonderland.

Fit with an ice rink, Santa's grotto and a Ferris wheel – the wonderland at Brent Cross in North London, is perfect for a Covid-friendly festive family day out.

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New for 2020, the Winter Festival opened this weekend at Brent Cross, and is a festive treat for all the family.

Featuring a host of exciting rides and attractions – there are also lots of food outlets and one of London's largest Ice Rinks at the venue.

The organisers of the festival would normally have been part of the larger attraction of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

But because of the pandemic, the event was cancelled back in September.

Instead, they have created one of the only events like this in London within a Covid safe environment.  

If you find yourself on The Yeti ride – you can expect big bounces, sudden drops and spins.

Or for something more gentle, you can hop on to the Reindeer Ride with your kids for a "realistic sensation of riding a real animal."

Hosted in a safe and secure environment, the Winter Festival is open from 4pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 12pm to 9pm on weekends.

And during the run-up to Christmas, from December 19, the wonderland will be open every day from 12pm to 9pm. 

As well as the rides and attractions, the Winter Festival also has an unmistakable Carousel Bar – which is a one-of-a-kind attraction where you can order your drinks and festive food.

But since the wonderland is in Tier 2, guests ordering alcohol who want to stay within the bar area must have a reservation and they must be served a substantial meal from the menu.

For all other guests, alcoholic drinks are available to take away.

And for December 5 and 6 only, there will also be a visit from the Enchanted Princesses at the festival – who will bring the festive cheer by singing songs from their castle throughout the day.

Guests are told that they have to wear face masks at the festival, and maintain social distancing at all times.

People are also urged to book online beforehand because of the limited capacity.

With hand washing facilities across the venue, the organisers also ask that visitors keep sanitising their hands often.

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