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Frost Fairies and Fireflies

This year for Christmas Blackpool Tower will be illuminated with the magical tale of the Frost Fairies and Fireflies, and we need your help in creating the projection artwork.  


King Frost, who lives in a great ice palace, wishes to send his hoard of precious jewels and treasure to Father Christmas, to be used as gifts for children.  The King tasks his fairies with carrying large glistening jars of the jewels across the land.  But fairies being fairies, they are distracted along the way, and hide the jewel-filled jars in trees and bushes whist they run and play.  Mr Sun then sends his fireflies after the jars, cracking and and breaking them.  The jewels melt out across the land, like shimmering raindrops, causing the leaves to change to ruby, bronze, sapphire and emerald, bejewelled autumn and winter colours. The Frost King, initially cross, sees the beauty created, and forgives the fairies, tasking them to repeat the transformation of the seasons each year.


We want you to help design the magic-filled leaves in all their colourful splendour. If you have created a leaf then:




Remeber you can colour, collage, print, or paint your own styles of leaf, imagining what they might look like once the magic of the fairies has made them shine and gleam.  The brighter and more colourful the better!  You can add little drawings or phrases if you like, or even use real leaves.   Then take a photo (phone pictures are fine) of your design, and upload it at the link above.  You’ll also be able to describe the fairy you think created it here.  We’ll then incorporate the images and ideas into the animated content, and you’ll be able to spot your leaves in the final projection.


Thankyou for your help, and look out for the frost fairies and fireflies soon!

This story is based on Margaret T. Canby's The Frost Fairies, also written in a different form by Helen Keller.  You can find out more about the origins of the story here.