THE countdown to Christmas day has begun and, to add to the excitement, Waimate Museum has created a Winter Wonderland display alongside a stunning array of decorated Christmas tree entries in their competition.
The Snow Queen having come down from her castle, seen in the background, is sitting serenely in front of a twinkling forest of pine trees with her beautiful white unicorn keeping her company.
Dressed in her white lace gown and wrapped in a white fur stole, she is a fairytale vision.
Many of her little woodland friends are using their winter white fur to hide among the snowy trees and peep out shyly at the visitors.
Who knew that so many different animals had come to see the Queen, keep looking and see if you can find all of them.
St Nicholas is on the other side of the room; woollen grey stockings hung along the mantle-piece; small children gathered around him.
Reminding us of the simplicity and meaning of Christmas from another land and time.
More than 30 decorated Christmas trees are in the competition this year, forming a stunning display and a tribute to the creative talent in Waimate.
Entries have been received, from preschoolers and high school students to mature adults, community groups and businesses.
The museum is delighted with the wonderful support for this popular competition, which is growing each year.
None of this could have been possible without the many hours of planning and creating from dedicated volunteers, the life blood of Waimate community organisations.
Special thanks must go to Elizabeth Niven, Judy Jackson, Noelena Lockhead and Kathy Ryan who, along with museum volunteers, have once again created a magical must-visit display. So take time out to call into the museum.