So clearly 2020, the year in which, thanks to Covid-19 and the ensuing pandemic, everything got turned upside down right across the world, did not feature the return of our little town’s now annual festival of lights. Having been running since 2010, the locally organized Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland Festival has done a fantastic job of injecting fun and life into our small economy during the quiet winter months, so not having it happen this year on what would have been its 10th birthday was a little disappointing to say the least.
The 2019 edition of the Winter Wonderland was a great success, with the formula now well and truly locked down. Spread over two weekends to mitigate any weather related disasters (of which this time around there were none), the festival kicked off like it always does with a small procession of local clubs and groups down Beach road and through to the festival grounds at Hendon Park (where the carnival has now been based for the last couple of years). As part of Moxy Movement’s dance classes at school, Jessica got to be a part of the fun, swathed from head to toe in LED lights and neon coloured accessories!
Hearty food stalls, fun and games for the kids, live music and even an enthralling laser show were the order for the first evening of the festival, though of course come daybreak we had to be back again in order to take full advantage of the live entertainment, food stalls, arts and craft exhibitors, candy floss, and most important of all, the fun fair rides set up and operated by Funland Amusements.
If you have small children like we do then pretty much 90% of the time spent at the festival involves buying strings of tickets and watching the kids spin round through the air through a cacophony of light and sound, but seeing those massive smiles stretched across each of their faces is definitely more than worth it!
So hopefully with all the good news currently swirling around successful vaccines against Covid-19 and the all-encompassing pandemic, 2021 takes on a bit of a more normal shape and with it sees our little town festival make an enthusiastic return.