Christmas was in the Tauranga air this weekend as visitors to the Historic Village got the chance to shake off the winter blues.
A mid-winter Christmas Bazaar offered yuletide fun and festivity as well as the opportunity for youngsters to play in the snow and meet Santa.
One of the event organisers, Vivette Tjaberings, said the weather had played into their hands despite forecasts.
"The weather was actually perfect for the event because it was cold and crisp.
"We opened at 10am and by 11am it was pretty busy. I was really happy with how it went, as were the Historic Village management. The snow machines were a huge success and everyone, young and old, enjoyed them. We had Santa in an old stage coach; some animals, such as goats and dogs, from Little Sweethearts day care for the children to pat.
"The local community radio station was playing Christmas carols throughout so it was a really nice atmosphere.
"I would like to thank people for their support and we will build on this year's success. We had about 25 stallholders and would be looking to increase that next year."
Stallholder Margo McCurdy, who runs Funky Cow Creations, was equally pleased with the event.
"It would be great if they had more events like this," she said.