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by Alexia Johnston

Mother Nature came to the party in Geraldine last week, providing perfect conditions for the town’s popular Winterlights Festival.

The event, held at Kennedy Park on Saturday, followed a week of wintry conditions, including snow in parts of South Canterbury.

As a result of the icy conditions, snow to create a mini-mountain for children to play on could not be transported off Mt Dobson as planned.

Decadent decistions . . . Anyone with a sweet tooth was spoilt for choice at Becs Hodgson’s stall, during the Geraldine Winterlights Festival, where a range of her Buttercream Cakes were on offer.

Co-organiser Jill Griffin-Roberts said once word spread, groups and individuals worked together to make sure more snow was found, delivered and packed for children to play on.

Ms Griffin-Roberts said it was just one example of the community pulling together to make the event happen. Sponsors and volunteers all helped in the lead-up and on the day, from truck drivers to those who helped shape the snow, loaned gazebos and generators or manned the gates – and everyone in between.

“On behalf of Tristan King, Sarah Edwards and myself, we’re so grateful for all the help we’ve received to make this event happen.


“It’s just so nice to be in a space [where] everyone is having a great time.”

She said the Geraldine Winterlights Festival was all about getting the community together, “even though it’s cold and people feel like hibernating”.

“So, it’s about beating the winter blues and coming out and having a great time.”

Siblings Jordan Frandsen (11, left) and Dominique Frandsen (9) join in Geraldine’s festivities, complete with bubbles and toasted marshmallows.

Mr King said about 2800 attended the event.

He said he was keen to be involved in the festival, which aimed to be an annual event, again next year.

Ticket sales meant “seed money” could be put into the event in 2018.