Over 600 people packed into the Cromwell Mall to enjoy the first Light Up Winter party on August 4.
Fairy lights, entertainers, crafts, stalls, live music and mulled wine were among the elements that set the scene for a busy and fun night.
Huge effort had been put in by dozens of children and adults in the Light Up Your Hat competition. Cromwell's Clair Dwyer and her delightful jellyfish walked away with the $300 cash prize from Harcourts. Second was Skye Hadley and third Tabi Kime.
In the childrens section Toni Davies flower hat won over the judges with a combined effort from sisters Tabitha and Hannah Cameron coming second with their Barbie creation. Ruby Stevenson's butterfly hat was third.
Mall shops decorated their windows with fairy lights and lanterns in the weeks leading up to the event. Winner of a competition for the best display announced on the night was hairdressing salon Red. Second was vintage and antique dealers Sentimental Journey and third was Central Otago Optical.
The evening ending with people releasing lanterns from the Big Fruit Reserve. SBS Bank had pre-sold over three hundred of the biodegradable paper lanterns making for a beautiful display.
The Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the night a success. We're already looking forward to making plans for next year's event.