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Christmas Wonderland in Toowoomba

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
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The Lights Fantastic
Christmas Wonderland Lights welcome
Welcome to Christmas in the Toowoomba Botanic Gardens.
Wander into a magical world as you pass under the star-lit archway. Greeted by the tones of a carolling choir floating around the Toowoomba Botanic Gardens, which you won't recognise in the dark, you'll be transported into a Christmas Wonderland of lights.
Christmas Wonderland Nativity
The baby Jesus and mother Mary.

Christmas Wonderland archway
Four-fronded archway inspiration sourced from world-class Christmas lights.
Excited children's faces full of wonder, odours of sausages sizzling, a rainbow-coloured Eiffel Tower and a Christian nativity will help you enter Christmas with a feeling of gladness.

Presented by the Lions Club this festival of lights is sponsored by many local businesses including Burstows Funerals, Workwear, Home Ice Cream, 4GR AM radio and the Toowoomba Regional Council.
Christmas Wonderland Lights
Cross-sample of what to expect in this park-sized Christmas light extravaganza.

Marshall Cox explained how inspiration for the displays has been researched from world-class Christmas lights and is getting 'greener' with the increased preference for LED lights. New displays have been added to those of previous years. Entry fee of a gold coin donation is presented to charities: Life Line, Toowoomba Hospice and the Toowoomba Hospital. In 2014 approximately $85,000 was donated.

Christmas Wonderland Choir
St Joseph's College Choir singing carols.
Two stage acts are performed each night plus roving entertainers and a dance group from the town of Oakey.

Crowds queued ahead of opening time to soak themselves in the enjoyment of the moment. Approximately 80,000 are expected to pass through the glitzy Christmas lights which include marsupial shapes, dolphins dancing over a fountain and a lush Christmas wreath over the historic marble archways.

Christmas Wonderland Dolphin fountain
Dancing dolphins in the fountain.

Christmas Wonderland Eiffel Tower
Rainbow-coloured Eiffel Tower.
The huge Magnolia tree's blooms seemed to glow with delight as it presided over the festival.

The display runs for twenty nights thanks to the generosity of the community of volunteers who've spent 3,000 hours between February and November planning and preparing.

An event not to be missed for the family who wants to enjoy this Christmas to the full.
Christmas Wonderland flowers
Bedazzled Stars of Bethlehem blooms.
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Why? Family fun & Christmas meaning
When: 7-10pm
Where: Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Cost: Gold coin donation ($1-$2)
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