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Toowoomba’s annual Festival of Christmas Lights officially opened last Friday, 5 December.

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The festival is being staged in Queen’s Park Botanical Gardens every night including Christmas Eve from 7pm to 10pm. Organisers say this year’s event is set to be the biggest and best in the display’s history.

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The Lions Club of ToowoombaWest, who are staging the event, expect more than 70,000 people to visit the lights spectacular in support of the three major beneficiaries – Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland, the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and the Toowoomba Hospice.

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Lions Club of Toowoomba West representative and Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland Project Chairman, Marshall Cox, said there will be something for everyone at the Wonderland. ‘There will be a barbecue, balloons, free icecreams for the kids, free tea and coffee, free cake, glow products on sale, and a jam-packed schedule of entertainment every night. We’ve spent the last two weeks putting up many thousands of lights in the park and our dedicated group of volunteers and Lions Club members just cannot wait to see everyone’s faces light up with wonder when they see what we’ve created this year. All we ask is that people make a gold coin donation when they visit.  All of the money we raise stays local, supporting local people and local charities,’ Mr Cox said.

Images supplied by Toowoomba Hospital Foundation