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Five Reasons Why Winter Wonderland is a festive must

Five Reasons Why Winter Wonderland is a Festive Must
by Nina Christopoulou

It’s that time of year again and London has upheld the longstanding tradition of making you feel like a 5 year old who still believes Santa is on his way. Apart from the festive lights and the Christmas music, Hyde Park’s hidden gem, Winter Wonderland, made it’s way back for the 11th time. In case you haven’t had a chance to pop in for a visit, here are some reasons why you may want to re-think that:

1. The adrenaline

Oh no, I am not confused, that was correctly written. Winter Wonderland has many rides that you will love regardless of your preference- from the Air for thrill enthusiasts to Ice Mountain for those who are curious to see what the Arctic is all about.

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Tip: The Munich Looping is a personal favourite!

2. The food

It would be impossible to try to fit all the food options here. Hinting on some highlights though, there is a Bavarian village and it is even bigger than previous years since it comes with the traditional Octoberfest experience included: The Almhütte. In the case that rusty wooden chalets and flame grilled salmon is not for you, there are numerous street food options as well as the Arctic Lodge and the Carousel bar to help you brave the cold during your visit!

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Tip: The Glühwein will keep you warm and cozy!

3. The Christmas shopping:

No need to panic over Christmas shopping anymore, you can stumble upon anything you want here. The Angels market has anything you could wish for while doing your Christmas shopping.

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Tip: The ornaments are a must!

4. The karaoke

Bar Hütte gives you the chance to rent your own hütte (drink included in the ticket) and sing-a-long to the Christmas classics. If all else fails, karaoke-ing with your friends is bound to bring out your festive self!

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Tip: the sweet calzone is worth the taste.

5. The Bar Ice

It is all you could imagine in an ice bar, and even more! The only thing it is not, is warm and cozy (the temperature is -10°C!)- but they’ve got you covered! You’ll be provided with a winter cloak and gloves on arrival.

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Tip: The Instagram-perfect venue sells out fast- so book in advance to be sure.

The grandiose tribute to festive fun is worth a peek, especially considering that entry is free and opening hours accommodate all: 10 am to 10 pm. Remember, you only have until January 1st (well, there is always next year – but why wait?)

3 websites offering student discounts

Life as a student can be expensive and difficult but fear not, there are many websites to help you save money and solve your problems.

1. UniDays. UniDays is a super useful online discount website that provides special offers for students. Do you need a new computer or a perfect outfit for an upcoming party? Make a free account on Unidays and discover hundreds of great offers and discounts. UniDays also has a blog which provides you with recipes, fashion advice, and useful information on the latest trends in music.

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2. Student Beans. Student Beans is a website that provides you with discounts on a variety of products. From groceries to makeup to clothing you will be able to save money on almost everything you might need as a student. Student Beans also lists the latest jobs in the UK for graduates and students. This includes full time jobs, part time jobs and even weekend and summer holiday opportunities. All you have to do is sign up and search through the numerous offers and work placements.

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3. Save the Student. Save the Student! provides free advice to students on how to get the most out of their money. It also finds the best offers and brings them all together in one user friendly website. Whether you want to find out how to make some pocket money or how to deal with a tricky housemate, they got all the advice you might require. The website is free and you don’t have to sign in.

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There are many more useful student websites out there so make sure to browse the internet to find special offers and expert advice on exactly what you need.