CBD Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Markets
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Thu 28 Nov 2019
The annual lighting of Toowoomba's biggest Christmas tree
attracted droves of families. Some came to watch their children perform on the stage in dances or bands. The Toowoomba Regional Youth Orchestra was the first act, whose versatility stretched from Ode to Joy, to carols, to themes from the Avengers films. I never knew there were so many dance groups in Toowoomba, as several troops of child-performers graced the stage.
The Christmas tree is part of the Grand Central Shopping Centre's
attractions. The City Hall Christmas tree is also lit up on the same night at 7 pm, while the CBD tree is lit around 20 minutes later.
Within the shops, children had the chance to hug Rudolf, Frosty the Snowman, a gingerbread man and to have their faces painted by elves. A masked hula hoop dancer was nearby with a circle of flashing light, while kids picked up Rudolf balloons. There is also Santa's forest with photos and free gifts for parents.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that someone called Harry was the reason for the season around the shops, though I did spy a nativity. Continuing the shopping, 17 market stalls on the lawn and upstairs included Missy's sweet soy candles, Shoes by Shazzy Designs and lots of kids' clothing with Christmas shine. Mostly items were for children from hero memorabilia, to clothing, to shoes, to light bubbles, to colourful prints for their walls. There were some lovely items for the adults. Pearlvin Designs had arty cutting boards that also serve as a talking point. Milkshake Candles look too delicious to light and Moo Bear and Mum had sparkling bauble earrings. Scented whipped soap by Divine Delights tempted with superbly moisturising creamy mousse soaps.
For the official lighting of the tree, Santa and Mrs Clause were introduced by a rather elvishly attired Mayor. Finally, Santa lit up the CBD Christmas tree to the delight and cheers of all.
Traffic was heavy in the area, so next year come early and enjoy the shops and a meal beforehand.
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