The Lion’s Club of Toowoomba West is hosting the annual Christmas Wonderland this year. The Christmas Wonderland is the event that marks the start of Toowoomba’s festive season and it needs the help of the community.

The 2017 committee is calling upon the Toowoomba community to get into the Christmas spirit and look at volunteering for this year’s event.

Last year, the Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland returned a record $100,000 to the local community and saw the largest crowd ever as 90,000 people visited the lights.

Three local charities, the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Lifeline Darling Downs & South West, and Toowoomba Hospice, each received $32,000, with a further $4,000 going towards other community groups.

This result brought the total raised by the Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland since its inception 16 years ago to $857,000.

Project Chairman Marshall Cox said volunteers remain a key part of making the event possible each year.

“The Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland is a community event at heart, and without our wonderful volunteers the event would not be possible,” Cox said.

“In order for us to ensure Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland runs smoothly, we need around 40 volunteers each night over the 23 consecutive nights. This is a great opportunity for family members, friends and work colleagues to get together and spend time supporting the local community during the festive season. Our website is now accepting registrations and some nights are nearly booked out.”

The event runs from 2 to 24 December.

Volunteers can register their interest here. All volunteers must be over 15 years of age.

Check out Bush Calendar, an upcoming event, here.