Expectations are that close to one hundred thousand people will attend this year’s Christmas Wonderland extravaganza in Queen’s Park in Toowoomba.

Locals, those coming from around the Darling Downs, other parts of Queensland and from interstate will certainly be thrilled by the dazzling lighting display.

Most appropriately, a brilliantly lit silver Christmas tree, about two metres high, is the centre piece of the show.

The tree is surrounded by all sorts of spectacular feasts for the eyes among them being a snowman, a reindeer and sleigh, herald angels and more.

A dazzling feature, which adds to the wonderland effect, are the lights flashing on-and-off through the magnificent trees of the Botanical Gardens.

Added to that 47 entertainment groups are performances on stage or roaming through the grounds.

The spectacle, which has been 10 months in the planning and has taken around 3,000 volunteer hours to prepare, opened on 2 December and will continue through until Christmas Eve.

“Members of the Lions Club of Toowoomba West and the project team have working tirelessly to present an event of this magnitude,” said Marshall Cox, Project Chair, Lions Club of Toowoomba West, at the launch of the exhibition.

As Mr Cox pointed out, Christmas Wonderland is in its 15th year and has developed into a major attraction during that time.

“In 2016 Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland raised over $100,000 with Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Toowoomba Hospice and Lifeline Darling Downs and South West receiving $32,000 each,” he said.

“The remaining funds were distributed to local community groups.

“In total, the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland has returned $854,500 to the local community through the events beneficiaries.”

This year’s main beneficiaries will again be the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Toowoomba Hospice and Lifeline Darling Downs and South West.

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