Winter Wonderland cancelled for first time in 13 years due to coronavirus

Annual Christmas event cancelled ‘in light of ongoing health concerns surrounding Covid-19’

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London’s annual Winter Wonderland has been cancelled for the first time in 13 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released on Wednesday, organisers said: “Dear Hyde Park Winter Wonderland family, ‘It is with a heavy heart we share that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will not be taking place this year.

“Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has always been about bringing friends and family together in a fun, safe and interactive environment to celebrate the festive season.

“Our team has worked tirelessly, exploring every possible option in the hopes of being able to move forward with the event in a responsible manner and provide London with some much-needed festive cheer.”

However, organisers have explained that due to ongoing travel restrictions and health concerns regarding Covid-19, it has been decided that the event cannot go ahead this year.

They said: “In light of ongoing health concerns, travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without compromising the magical attractions, shows, rides, bars and experiences that make Hyde Park Winter Wonderland so special.”

The organisers concluded their statement by reassuring fans that they are just as disappointed the event cannot go ahead.

“We know how disappointing this news will be for the millions of people we usually welcome each season.

“And we can assure you we share your disappointment, having put a lot of work, sweat and even some tears into trying to make this year’s event possible.”

“Thank you so much for your ongoing support and please stay safe. We cannot wait to bring friends and family back together to celebrate the festive season at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2021.”

Winter Wonderland has been taking place in London every year since 2007.

The annual event combines fairground rides with Christmas markets and food stalls.

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