Lanterns to shine for Saturday Light Up Winter event

Organisers of Cromwell's Light Up Winter (from left) Marion Low, Brigitte Tait and Gretchen Nightingale get into the spirit in preparation for Saturday's event. Photo: Adam Burns
Organisers of Cromwell's Light Up Winter (from left) Marion Low, Brigitte Tait and Gretchen Nightingale get into the spirit in preparation for Saturday's event. Photo: Adam Burns
The evening chill will be lit to thrill Cromwell this weekend.

A third Light Up Winter event will take place on Saturday as a festive atmosphere brightened by hundreds of lanterns will engulf the town centre.

The event run by the Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group would include a night market, live band, competitions and activities for youngsters at the nearby Cromwell Library.

Magician Jonathan Usher will spark off the occasion.

Organiser Brigitte Tait said the timing was crucial.

''Cromwell has so many events over the summer and spring months. This is a unique event to break the winter blues.''

Moving the event from Friday to Saturday ensured onlookers could maximise time spent as local residents ''wouldn't have to rush home after work''.

Patrons can pick up lanterns from local retailers and participate in a mass lantern release near the Big Fruit Reserve during proceedings, to illuminate Cromwell's night sky.

Based on the response last year, more lanterns had been made available for Saturday, Ms Tait said.

The event served as an opportunity for local community groups to consolidate fundraising efforts as five spots had been offered by organisers.

The broad appeal of the night was another element organisers would be banking on.

''It is a great night out for the community,'' Ms Tait said.

''We want to everyone to get stuck in, so we've made sure that there is something for young and old.''

adam.burns@odt.co.nz

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