A candle display illuminated the streets near the Welcome Centre and the Alpen Hotel in Upper Hirafu Village on Christmas Eve. Many spectators had gathered there for the fireworks show, but it was cancelled due to the extreme wind and snow that has hit Niseko over the Christmas period. This storm brought over a meter of snow to Niseko during the last three days.
Those who made the effort to come out and see the fireworks were delightfully surprised by the beautiful candle display put on by Grand Hirafu. The wind and the snow died down enough that many people were able to stroll around and admire the display whilst soaking in the winter wonderland.