Thanks for nothing, COVID. Christmas is the latest thing to be hit by the Coronavirus, with confirmation that Hyde Park’s famous Winter Wonderland has been cancelled for 2020.

It’s the first time in 13 years that the event has been cancelled. It was estimated some 3.5 million people attended last year and generated more than £100 million for the economy.

Winter Wonderland said in a statement:

“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.”

The park normally features Christmas decor, funfair rides and more and is a highlight of the festive calendar for many.

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It’s hoped that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will return in 2021.