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Light Up Winter…Coming in Late July

Cromwell girls Becky and Elizabeth in the Light Up Your Hat competition

Winner of the adult section of Light Up Your Hat was Claire Dwyer from Cromwell. Image Mark Mexted

Flame Entertainment’s fairies enjoy a dance. Image Mark Mexted

Richard Nightingale from The Linen Collection whose warm blankets appealed to lots of visitors

Toni Davies from Cromwell with her winning hat. Image Mark Mexted

Children watch in awe as Flame Entertainment’s Milly Begley does her thing.



Over 600 people packed into the Cromwell Mall to enjoy the first Light Up Winter party in August last year. 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 looking forward to making plans for this year’s event on July 27. If you’d like to be involved as a volunteer helper or sponsor get in touch:

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