Toowoomba Regional Council joined forces with local businesses to throw the city’s largest free Christmas in the CBD celebration on 7 December.

Mayor Paul Antonio and Santa were the stars of the night as they flicked the switch to light up the community Christmas tree.

With the original event night rained out, it finally took place in Grand Central’s new outdoor space Central Square.

This time, the parade was the only thing to shower the streets of Toowoomba’s CBD with festive cheer.

Grand Central Marketing Manager Melissa Shaw said the centre was thrilled to be involved in the celebrations and to work alongside the regional council.

“Our Christmas tree is now pride of place in Central Square, and I hope everyone in the community enjoys it in the lead up to Christmas,” she said.

“The crowds in Central Square for the lighting of the tree were amazing, and we thank everyone for coming along and making the evening such a success.”

Guests of all ages enjoyed carolers, live bands and even cheerleaders putting on a show.

The city has only seen the tip of the iceberg, with many more Christmas celebrations to come.

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