London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has been cancelled “with a heavy heart” after the repercussions of Covid-19 spread to Christmas.
The popular annual event has become the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers saying that due to “ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions” they had no option but to call it off.
In a statement, the organisers said: “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, 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.
“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.”