More than 12,000 beanie-wearing visitors are expected to flock to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Winter Festival when it returns to the Stanthorpe Showgrounds from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July.

The festival is a family-friendly celebration that perfectly complements the high altitude, cool climate that Stanthorpe is known for. Visitors are warmly welcomed with typical country hospitality to take part in three full days of activities. Markets, entertainment, local produce, ice skating, snow globes, sled dogs, igloo making, this festival is a feast of the senses for all ages. Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Media Co-ordinator Robyn Henderson said the event has grown beyond all expectations. “Our town loves being in the spotlight when it comes to temperature,” said Robyn. “In 2018 we built the Big Thermometer on Quart Pot Creek to cement our fame as the coldest place in Queensland. Our community spirit, our produce, and our climate, have come together to create an iconic event that showcases the best of the Granite Belt and its surrounds. Events like these bring significant cultural and economic benefits to our region.”

This year the committee are promising a bigger and better event, according to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe President Trace Gosney. “There is more of everything,” said Trace. “More snow, more snow globes, more activities, more entertainment. We are expecting more visitors and more smiling faces than ever before.”

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