For at least four hours of Dec. 2, 2023, an unseasonably balmy Paradise Coast afternoon and evening turned into a winter wonderland at Paradise Coast Sports Complex.

The 39th annual Collier County SnowFest attracted more than 5,000 guests to PCSC — who enjoyed a record amount of snow and an even bigger amount of fun at Southwest Florida’s premier outdoor multipurpose complex.

The event, sponsored by Arthrex, was highlighted by 10 tons of snow formed into six snow hills — allowing many kids of all ages their first-ever attempt at sledding — as well as three massive snow hills for impromptu snowball fights and all-ages fun.

Though literally in the event’s name, snow wasn’t the only feature at SnowFest. Live music, highlighted by an extended set by Rock Republic, entertained attendees. Santa Claus commuted south for a day to listen to wishes from good girls and boys. Nearly a dozen inflatable slides and bounce houses, along with RC cars and laser tag, were a huge hit all day and night. And a showing of the feature film Polar Express capped the evening on The Great Lawn’s massive 40-foot big screen.

“We are delighted every year to work with our friends at Collier County Parks & Recreation to provide a venue for SnowFest that can accommodate everyone in Southwest Florida,” PCSC general manager Adrian Moses said. “The teamwork involved to make SnowFest a success is formidable, and we are proud to be a part of yet another event to serve our neighbors in the community.”

The 2023 SnowFest marked its second year at Paradise Coast Sports Complex after many years at the Golden Gate Community Center. The 180-acre Paradise Coast Sports Complex features nine full artificial-turf fields — including the 3,500-seat PCSC Stadium — eight sand volleyball courts, The Cove Beer & Wine Bar, The Factory outdoor workout facility, The Great Lawn and PCSC Lake Trail.