The countdown to Christmas has officially begun with the opening of Hyde Park's much-loved Winter Wonderland. Rides and attractions including two circuses and a Giant Observation Wheel draw in crowds of families and friends from all across the country year after year. Here's everything you need to know about London's number one festive event.

Winter Wonderland's ice rink is the largest outdoor rink in the UK, lit up with more than 100,000 lights. There's no minimum age for skaters, although under-12s must be accompanied by an adult. Meanwhile, there are open fires keeping things toasty and hot cider, mulled wine and food on sale.

This year will see a brand new feature titled 'The Magical Ice Kingdom.' Sculptured from 200 tonnes of ice and snow, here visitors can explore frozen pathways and an ice forest where you can take a seat in a carriage pulled by unicorns. Also look out for the ice dragon's lair and the ice queen who sits in her throne room.

(Magical Ice Kingdom prices are: peak: £8, £6 children, £22 family; off-peak: £7/£5/£20).

Although most activities are ticketed, entry to Winter Wonderland's site is free; including the Christmas Market and Santa Land. If you're far from getting into the festive spirit, a trip to Winter Wonderland will change this in an instant.

Find out more about Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland here.