Victoria Park has been transformed into an East London Christmas kingdom this December, guaranteed to get East Londoners in the festive swing.
Taking place throughout the month until 1 January, the festive event has something for everyone, even the grinches among us. Covering most of the park, Winterville transports Londoners to a frozen wonderland. Set out like a mini town, it features a classic fairground, market place and town square, brimming with festive treats.
Crash about in a dodgem cart, shriek your way through the hotel of terror or try your luck at winning a plush soft toy. If that’s enough to make your stomach turn, sup a craft beer at Brewdog or warm your cockles on hot buttered rum cider in the Hot Cider Bar.
What’s more, feast on a scrumptious array of the best street food East London has to offer, including jian bing pancakes at Mei Mei’s Street Cart, burgers at Butchies fried buttermilk chicken and soft shell crab at the Crabbie Shack. For those with a sweet tooth, Bad Brownie delivers with decadent flavours like peanut butter and bacon and maple syrup.
For Christmas shopping, peruse The Bizarre Bazaar Victorian Market run by Marbles and Ware Collective for an incredible selection of handmade gifts including puppets, paintings and kaleidoscopes.
Skating lovers can slip and slide over to the outdoor ice rink, or hit Bump Roller Disco with special guests like Optimo and Will Viper to provide the soundtrack. The little ones will love The House of Fairy Tales for the ‘Make it Market ‘with live shows and artists to entertain.
One of the highlights is the Dutch wooden Spiegeltent with a huge variety of cabaret, club nights and the Robin Hood pantomime.
Whether you’re a kid or just a big kid at heart, wrap up in your warmest woollies, grab your spare change and head to Winterville for top quality food and entertainment this Christmas.
Winterville is running throughout the month until 1 January in Victoria Park. See website.