From washout to wow. What a difference a year makes! The annual Gold Creek Village Christmas Festival was held on Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1st. Cockington Green Gardens, and our neighbours at the National Dinosaur Museum, held night openings on both of these beautiful evenings. In the process Cockington Green used the night to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Medical Research Foundation.
Last year saw the wet weather play havoc with plans to the point that sadly, the night openings had to be abandoned. Not this year. Perfect nights made an incredible spectacle with the lights around Cockington Green turning the display into pure magic. There was the added bonus of Christmas lights and decorations to give the night openings a holiday atmosphere.
Hundreds and hundreds of visitors made the trek out to Gold Creek Village over the two-night openings where, of course, for the many children who came out, Santa was the star attraction. Santa was on the steam-train to greet the children and this made for a lot of excitement. The display opened at 7.30pm and the real treat came as nightfall descended around 8.30pm with the lights turning the models and gardens into a perfect fairyland.
The night openings have been extremely popular over the years and if you missed out this year, maybe you might want to pencil in around the end of November/early December for your visit next year. It’s a great way for the family to have fun together.