What Mudgee is to wine, the Snowy Region is fast becoming to art. If you haven?t experienced Jindabyne?s Lake Light Sculpture festival, the Easter long weekend is a perfect time to get yourselves out of the city and into cultural surrounds over 3 April to 6 April. The Lake Light Sculpture exhibition an absolute delight to walk along and observe all the interesting shapes and sizes and perspectives. There is something about being out in the sun and the wind and the rain that makes the sculptures feel extra special. The sculpture trail follows along the Lake Jindabyne shores and is different from other such art walks as each sculpture is intentionally lit up, encouraging visitors to come out at night to enjoy the spectacle. There's also a sculpture hunt which actively draws young and old into the fun of the festival looking for clues around the sculptures for a chance to win prizes. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture for a chance to win one of the sculptures or join one of the local artists for a talk about their sculpture. You can learn about their other artworks and sculptures as well as generally find out about the art and culture scene in the Snowys. Jindabyne is a pretty town at the best of times with rolling hills surrounding it on all sides. If you?ve never been down to the Snowy region at any other time of the year besides your annual snow trip it is worth putting aside Easter to get amongst the delights. The light festival is in its 13th year and there are more than 55 sculptures. There are awards for the best sculpture and the sculptures themselves are for sale. Are your children artistic or into doing different of interesting things rather than sitting in front of their screens and hand held devices? Make the most of the lovely outdoor weather before we need to don head-to-toe snow gear. There is a children's workshop suitable for ages 5 to 15 years during the Easter break. They can learn how to make a sculpture out of wire using Styrofoam and other materials. Contact organisers for the kids workshop details.

Don?t miss Jindabyne?s art show

Jindabyne?s art fiesta continues down at the Memorial Hall but is not confined to the Easter weekend. Opening night of the Art Show (hosted by Lions Club) is 7pm Thursday 2nd April and it runs to the 11th April. Nibbles and drinks available. All welcome. The art show is a fantastic opportunity for regional artists to showcase original designs, including indigenous art and beautiful scenes of the alpine areas. It is also the opportunity for people to purchase unique art works at great country prices. Ninety percent of artworks come from the Cooma and Snowy Shire, additionally artists from Canberra and further afield are drawn to the art show. Zoe Young is an up and coming artist to keep an eye on, she is well-recognised in the Snowy area and favours a big brush modern contemporary painting style. Come and check out her work and support the regions emerging artists. There is the full range of artwork including oil watercolour and acrylic painting next media photography sculpture and craft. The art show is open 10am-4pm daily (10am till 6pm over the Easter weekend). Contact Terry Chalk on 64 571 226 for more details. For more things to do in Jindabyne, drop into the Spalding Gallery at Wildbrumby Distillery on the turn off to Thredbo and take in the art by Brad Spalding and purchase a schnapps or two for your next holiday. Enjoy a wander around the acreage taking in the many outdoor sculptures Brad has placed around for everyone?s enjoyment.

Book Thredbo accommodation for your Easter holiday

Visit the Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture festival or art show on your way through to Thredbo and base yourself at one of over 50 self-contained apartments at Lantern Thredbo. Have a meal at the Knickerbocker, take a bushwalk, summit Mt Kosi or follow Thredbo's own sculpture trail around village and generally have a gorgeously lazy Easter break away from the Big Smoke. Who needs the hassle of city traffic? If you have kids on board there is a giant Golden Easter Egg Hunt happening in Thredbo on Sunday 5 April, ?as well as many other kids activities at the Easter Family Adventure Festival which runs from the 3 April to 12 April. With face painting, movies, bouncy slides, mountain biking, dance jams, bobsled rides and more kids will be in their element. Make Thredbo your new Easter tradition. Don?t forget to contact Jill and Ian at the Lantern Thredbo Apartments. They can help match you with the right apartment for your couple or group and point you to all the activities on offer. Take advantage of the current three nights for the price of two or other summer specials, don?t let the snow fall before you get down to the Snowys. Autumn is awesome.