Winter Wonderland News

Winter Wonderland 2014

Come and have some fun with us

Hi All you Winter Wonderland Party-lovers!
Like Cinderella we all had such a fabulous time at the Ball! It felt so good to be part of a fun, caring, community. Many thanks for your support and especially to those who lent a hand at the end of the evening and helped to clear the room in just a few minutes. You were like an army of ants … and to managed to pack all the décor into my Condor… amazing!
Unfortunately, the official photographer could not be there and I urgently need photos of the ball for a media deadline of 12noon Monday.
• Please could you send me HIGH RESOLUTION pics – of you and your friends having fun, the décor, the band, the shows, the glamour etc.
• Please rename the photos with names of the people in the shot from left to right with your name as photographer.
• Please don’t send me all your pics, just the best ones, as I will not have time to check through hundreds of photos.
• Please select a few: in focus, colourful, no backs to the camera. Generally the fewer people in the shot the better.
Please don’t assume that someone else will send the photos – I may end up with none! Please send asap.
Well … during your week of work ahead I hope you will REST WELL because we have some SERIOUS PARTYING to do next weekend! See you at the parade at 18h30 on Friday and at the Opening Ceremony in Carnival Park thereafter. Premier Helen Zille will be here to join in the fun!
Best wishes
Jeanette Loring
083 625 1905
Dear Friends
This week the whole village was abuzz with excitement!  The Fun Fair set up, the Craft Market at 83 Beach Road and the Ghost House next door prepared and opened their doors last night.  Already Gordon’s Bay was alive with people walking around.  The lights (well, most of them…) were on.  The Fairy Forest is a delight and families strolling along the path enjoying the fairy lights and taking photo’s. These activities will be on for the whole of the school holidays.  So, if you do not know what to do tonight…….Gordon’s Bay is the place to be.
Next weekend 4 – 6 July is CARNIVAL WEEKEND!  Friday @ 18h30 the Opening Parade will be a spectacle not to be missed!  Included will be the SA Brass Band, drum majorettes, drummers, stilt walkers, bicycles lit up with lights and much much more!  Starting at the NG Church on the hill and finishing at Carnival Park where Premier Helen Zille will officially open the 4th Annual Winter Wonderland.
At night the whole village transforms into a magic fairy land, five music venues for all tastes (for the young ones to the young at heart), apart from the restaurants there will be great food stalls, wine and beer tents.  For the market lovers, four different markets to browse and take something home that will remind you of your special time enjoyed in Gordon’s Bay.
At the NG Church on your way to the Fairy Market, visit the Whale Exhibition at the GB Then & Now and if you want to relax in quiet surroundings, WonderNote in the church is the place to spend a little time while admiring the Flower Arrangements and Art.
If we can find some sponsors for the remaining R15 000 by Monday, we will be able to have the Ice Skating Rink. A wonderful marketing opportunity (see branding of wall attached).  Winter Wonderland would LOVE to bring you this wonderful and fun activity.  Sometimes challenges arise and things have to be cancelled, but we really do not want to cancel this one!  So, if you want to help – all my details are below or you can just reply on this mail.
Tonight we will enjoy the Winter Wonderland Ball at The NH Lord Charles in Somerset West.  If you want to have a peep, just quietly pop by at about 7pm when everyone arrives.
Best Wishes
Margot Paulsen
082 467 3060

Your help will be appreciated as a volunteer over the Winter Wonderland weekend.
We need people to assist as in the following:

  • Selling entry tickets at Hendon Park, Van Riebeeck site, Info kiosk
  • Selling raffle tickets during the festival
  • Meet & greet artists
  • Manning the Info kiosk

The shifts will be 2 hours long and you can choose which activity you would like to help with, when you want to work and how many shifts you want to do over the weekend.

The times will be on Friday, 4th July, from 12pm to 11pm, Saturday, 5th July, from 10am to 11 pm, Sunday, 6 July, from 10am to 6pm

Please put your name forward indicating whether you would prefer working in the mornings, afternoons or evenings and on what dates as well as where you are willing to assist.  Also please indicate if you are willing to do more than one shift.

Hope to hear from you soon – please reply to
I will let you know as soon as possible of your slots/times allocated



Beneath the majesty of the Hottentots Holland mountains, lies the picturesque seaside village of Gordon’s Bay.  Here a heart beats with the same vital objective and that is to create and sustain life.  When the residents and businesses of Gordon’s Bay band together in preparation of the annual Winter Wonderland festival, it is with selfless dedication to raise much needed funds for local charities, bring tourists to hidden jewel during the low season while at the same time, creating economic growth for the village during the July school holidays.  Showcasing the diverse local talent and furthering the spirit of Ubuntu in the community is the final ingredient of a recipe of success.

Winter Wonderland was conceptualised in 2011 by local resident, Margot Paulsen as an initiative by the Forum.  From humble beginnings, incorporating the help from local businesses and residents, the first year drew approximately 2,000 people to Gordon’s Bay. This much needed unique annual event has grown exponentially, with 10,000 visitors in 2012 and 25,000 in 2013.  Now into its fourth year, 2014 promises in excess of 40,000 festival goers.

Prior to Winter Wonderland, businesses were closing shop due to slow winter trade.  Now, there has been a significant increase of businesses to the village.  According to Andre’ Paulsen of the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum (GBBF), R3 million was generated by local retail, hospitality and restaurant businesses in 2013.  Paulsen, Winter Wonderland’s Festival Director says further:  “The festival income has increased by 25% from the first year.  Functions and events during the Festival month, Carnival weekend and from various events held during the year generated 80% while sponsorships and donations from various businesses and individuals accounted for the remaining 20%.  This excludes any monetary value in discounts received from suppliers and time and effort from volunteers involved in Winter Wonderland.  We utilised 40% of the funds generated to purchase light displays to decorate the town.  This will be a permanent feature during the annual festival.”

Alan Winde, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism says: “Events are important catalysts for economic growth. In the 2012/2013 financial year, major events generated R1.3 billion for our economy. Winter Wonderland is a great initiative to drive tourism to Gordon’s Bay and we hope this event grows in the years to come.”

Virtually thousands of hours of voluntary workmanship and expertise have gone into the organisation of Winter Wonderland so far.  This has enabled an accumulative R47,200.00 being donated to the local charities and schools in the Helderberg area that participated during the events over the last two years.  This year, Helderberg Hospice, Animal Welfare Society and PATCH Child Abuse Centre are the designated charities.

Festival organisers are aiming to generate close to R500,000.00 within the next 2 years.  Compared to a long standing festival like the Knysna Oyster festival (who have had headline sponsors like Graca and Pick n Pay to back it over the years) donated R1million to charity after 25 years, this is a very ambitious aim for such a nouveau event.  Paulsen says further: “We invite any national company to discuss coming on board as a sponsor who is interested in growing their footprint in the Helderberg area.  Next year, we want to light up the town even further with lazer displays and 3D video mapping.  The mountain is a perfect backdrop to do just this to create massive brand exposure!”

Amanda-Lea Jones, Corporate & Community Fundraiser for PATCH says, “The support we received from Winter Wonderland is invaluable and the inexhaustible wish list that we face on a daily basis is eased, through this support. However, we are desperate in need of non-perishable food, stationary and donations towards out “Sponsor a Child Project”, which provides free, professional therapy to child victims of sexual abuse.”

Helderberg Hospice, winner of a 2013 City of Cape Town Civic Honours Award for dedicated community service, provides a service that each and every one in the community could one day need.  Their biggest item on their wish list is to replace their existing and aged bakkie with one big enough to transport beds and other medical equipment to their patients in the community. This is a big goal to provide a more comprehensive service to those receiving their care.

The Helderberg AWS Shelter is not a government sponsored institution and relies heavily on donations and fundraising.  The Shelter holds up to 150 dogs and 80 cats were many of these arrive as unwanted or strays (which often don’t get reclaimed).   The aim is to rehabilitate and re-home as many as possible.  In 2013 alone, 2,483 unwanted and stray animals were housed at the shelter.  Of those, 1,705 had to be euthanized.  Besides sheltering abandoned animals, the welfare’s veterinarian runs a small ‘hospital’ on site.  Here animals belonging to people who cannot afford private vets, are sterilised, operated on and treated for various illnesses.  A mobile clinic runs daily and provides primary health care.  Helderberg AWS is always in need of financial support and welcomes blankets, dog and cat food and leashes.

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  1. Marilie van der Walt, June 25, 2014 2:19 pm - Winter Wonderland News

    Good day,

    I would like to offer my services selling entrance tickets or manning the info kiosk on Friday 4 July (18h00 onwards) and on Sunday 6 July (16h00-18h00).

    Kind regards,

    Marilie van der Walt

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      Norman Anderson, June 26, 2014 2:48 pm - Winter Wonderland News

      Hi Marilie, thanks for your support. Have passed on your kind offer to the organisers – they will be in contact!

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