Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland returns in 2017 as one of the region’s iconic annual events bringing neighbours and friends together to celebrate the festive season.

Last year proved to be the biggest event yet, with 90,000 people visiting the light display. A record $100,000 being raised for the local community, with the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Lifeline Darling Downs & South West and Toowoomba Hospice each receiving $32,000 with a further $4,000 going towards other community groups.

In true Christmas spirit, the local community plans to outdo last year, by attracting more light-watchers, and ultimately raising more funds for charity.

This years’ Christmas Wonderland is held at the Botanical Gardens, Queens Park with entry via Lindsay and Campbell Street.

There’s a gold coin donation at entry, as well as donation tins for other activities including face painting, tea/coffee stations and balloon animals.

There will also be a barbecue that will run each evening, and free ice cream will be handed out to children. Each night there will be entertainment on the stage plus roving entertainers and dance groups.

The event is no small deal. It takes around 40 volunteers each night over 23 consecutive nights to ensure the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland runs smoothly, and festive fun is had by all.

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

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

“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.”

If you’re full of Christmas spirit, you can apply online to volunteer.

The event runs from 7pm to 10pm each night from 2-24 December.

For more information visit their website.

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