This year, some amazing farmers and communities have created impressive displays on their farms, often roadside, to delight passer-bys.

Although the competition started as a way for Catchment Groups to connect with their communities, have some fun and end the year with a smile, what started as a small idea, quickly peaked the interest of New Zealand media, including interviews on RadioNZ, The Muster, MagicFM and a fantastic piece on Seven Sharp (Wednesday 8th December episode).

Thanks Hedgehope Catchment Group for coming up with the original idea to have a Christmas display competition, and for all the people who put in huge time and effort to create fantastic displays. 

We are thrilled to announce the winners

The Goodright Family - Crashed Santa

Warnocks - Jingle Bales

Leggs - Field of Dreams

Spot Prizes go to:

Black Family - Christmas is more fun on the farm.
Hanning Family - Our little light of ours.
Andrews Family - Pine Bush Christmas Tree.
Gavenwood Christmas

You can check out the displays

Due to the success and interest in the Christmas displays, we’ve created a map of where each display is, so you can have some family fun touring Southland admiring farmer and Catchment Group creations.


Thank you to all those who have entered and made our rural community a happier place this Christmas.

From the whole Thriving Southland team, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Our next newsletter will be in February and we look forward to working with you, connecting our communities and celebrating Southland in 2022.


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