Motherwell twins Olivia and Jessica Provan were the envy of their pals as they were the only people in their street to wake up to a white Christmas.
But the winter wonderland in the six-year-olds’ front garden wasn’t a freak of nature - the snow was the prize they won in a competition run by the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination, in association with Heart radio station.
Neighbours could hardly believe their eyes when a truck from the Snow Factor indoor ski slope, at Soar rolled up at Charn Terrace and dumped ten tonnes of real snow at the family home on Christmas Eve.
And the girls’ front garden was soon filled with friends sledging down a slope, throwing snowballs and building a snowman.
As contest winners, they also got an extra giant bundle of presents delivered by Santa worth £1,600 from the intu Braehead Shopping Centre. The sackful of goodies including a Sony television, games console, toys, hampers, shopping vouchers and chocolates.
Twins’ mum, Mary said: “This is a fantastic prize and having a White Christmas is a great experience for the twins.
“Not long after the snow was piled on our front garden, Olivia and Jessica’s friends were round throwing snowballs and sledging down the slope that had been made.
“The last time we had snow at this time of year was when they were two years old and I don’t think they remember much about that.
“When Santa came to our door and the snow was delivered you could hear the girls screaming with joy and see the look of amazement on their faces.”
Dad, Craig, added: “This is just like the pictures you see on the front of Christmas cards. Never mind the girls and their friends enjoying the snow, Mary and I were really excited about having a White Christmas.
Jessica said: “I’m really excited about being able to go out to play in the snow.”
And Olivia added: “All our friends wanted to come round to play in our garden after it was covered in snow.”
Soar at intu Braehead, near Glasgow features attractions including a multi-screen cinema, ten-pin bowling, an aerial assault course, adventure golf, a host of cafes, bars and restaurants along with the Snow Factor indoor real snow mountain and ice wall.
Operations manager for Soar at intu Braehead, Ian Anderson said: “We just love being at the heart of everyone’s Christmas and there’s ‘snow’ better way of having festive fun than giving a family a White Christmas.
“We’ve been having a lot of rain recently and there wasn’t much chance of snow on Christmas Day this year. But with all the snow in the Provan family’s garden, their home has been transformed into a real Christmas card scene.”