Christmas Wonderland in Toowoomba

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Posted 2015-12-06 by Rachel Timminsfollow

Sat 05 Dec 2015 - Thu 24 Dec 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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