Frost and Fire ignites winter night | Photos, video

Thousands gathered on Saturday night to enjoy the very first Frost and Fire.

Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller described the new event as a "celebration of the simple pleasures" of the old-fashioned bonfire night.

That, and so much more.

The gates at the ski dam opened at 4pm Saturday for the free event, and by 5pm the crowds were gathering to hear local performers Georgia Sideris and Lily Gaffaney.

Kids explored the new playground and beach area at the aquatic centre, the Lachlan Dragons glided in with one of their dragon boats beautifully lit.

Forbes' own River Spirit dancers shared Wiradjuri culture as the firies coaxed the main bonfire to life.

Visiting fire performers and local Kristen's Dance School performers thrilled the crowds.

As darkness fell, people took the opportunity to purchase a wish candle and set it afloat on the lagoon.

Proceeds from those sales go to the Australian Lions Foundation drought appeal, and no doubt many of the wishes were for good rainfall - soon.

Just a few of our favourite moments from Frost and Fire

Rising stars Young Monks out of Canberra took the event into the evening, and Melbourne-based singer songwriter Lior performed under clear, starry skies as the temperatures dropped to the promised frosty lows.

Organisers Forbes Shire Council were thrilled with how it all went and how the community responded, and Mayor Miller says it's only the beginning.

With internationally-renowned music talent and regional food vendors, the event is designed to draw visitors to Forbes and is expected to grow from strength to strength.

"We have the perfect location here at our beautiful ski dam," Mayor Miller said.

"Forbes really is a unique and picturesque town with stunning natural features and streetscapes.

"We hope to make this an annual event for our community and visitors alike."

Saturday night saw locals attend in droves, Mayor Miller encouraged them to have a great night and tell all their friends about it.

"This is also about bringing people together during the tough times," Mayor Miller said.

"We are in the midst of a horrific drought and I would like to think we can all come together, have a bit of fun and support each other as we rally together for better times ahead."