Dustings of snow covered some areas in the Carolinas this weekend. In Rock Hill, though, temperatures hovered around 40 degrees and it was sunny.
Normally, that forecast would prevent snow. But at ChristmasVille, dozens of children dressed in hats, gloves and winter coats played games of tag and catch with snowballs.
The white stuff came courtesy of ice blocks fed into large chippers.
Tightly and loosely packed snow flew through the air on the windy, cool Sunday afternoon.
Some snowballs were bigger than a softball, and others were squeezed together so tightly that they felt like a baseball as they bounced off the children's winter coats.
These kids knew how to play hardball.
"There he is," one kid shouted.
"Get him," another replied.
The snowballs were made by children who rarely - if ever - see the white, fluffy substance synonymous with winter and its holiday season.
Leah West of Gastonia, N.C., brought three children, ages 11, 8 and 6, for a chance to play in 20 tons of snow trucked into Rock Hill.
"The kids haven't seen snow in some time," she said.
"Oh yeah, it's worth bringing them down here. They are having fun, and we are having fun watching them."
After moving from Florida recently, West said it's been about five years since the children had seen or played in snow. She said the 6-year-old, Elissa, was just a baby the last time she saw snow.
"I like throwing snowballs," Elissa said while an older boy crumbled a snowball over her head covering her blonde hair. "It's fun."
One girl tried to make a snow angel, somewhat oblivious to the air raid of snowballs rapidly tossed over her head.
Another girl dug her boots into the snow.
Parents with cameras, who stood alongside of the snow mounds, seemed to be favorite targets of some of the children's snowballs.
In a separate lot, smaller children avoided the snow war zone and played in a much quieter snow pile.
Rock Hill resident Kay Mayer brought two children, 11 and 6, to play in the snow mounds. She said the artificial wonderland is a good idea since Mother Nature can be unpredictable.
"It almost never snows," Mayer said.
"It's a wonderful idea. We never know if it's going to snow around here this year or not."
The 20 tons of snow is trucked into Rock Hill from Georgia, said Candy Clapp, executive director of ChristmasVille.
In the fifth year for ChristmasVille, the artificial winter wonderland continues to rank among the more popular events with children.
Outside that wonderland, families lined the sidewalks watching live entertainment and stopping in downtown storefronts for holiday festivities.
Horse-drawn carriages and a train full of smiling families took patrons on a ride through downtown Rock Hill.
Vernon Grant characters and carolers roamed those streets entertaining patrons.
"Our attendance numbers are way up this year," Clapp said.
"We have had crowds all weekend and people from all over."
The ice skating rink was a new addition this year, and Clapp said it's been a big hit.
On that rink Saturday, the festival hosted a miniature horse show that was so packed, Clapp said people were climbing in trees to get a view of the show.
Another favorite that was really popular this year was the gingerbread houses display, Clapp said.
Even Saturday's rain didn't deter people, Clapp said. They were still skating in the rink and riding the train.
"Everyone was in a great mood and having a lot of fun, despite the rain," she said.
"I wish we had a little light snow instead of a little light rain. It does feel like Christmas though; it's a little chilly."