Not even a pandemic can stop Toowoomba’s most beloved Christmas event, with Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland announcing the popular lights display will be moving to the CBD for 2020.

This year Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland has partnered with Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council, and Grand Central to bring a COVID-safe version of the event to local businesses, shopfronts, and laneways for the community to enjoy. The reimagined event will also give the community a chance to support the event’s three main beneficiaries the Toowoomba Hospice, Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld and Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

Lions Club of Toowoomba West President Fred Olson said the reimagined event will bring the community some much-needed Christmas joy following the cancellation of the traditional display in Queens Park Botanical Parklands. “Each year our Members have been rewarded with the look of joy on the faces of the children as they walk through the displays in Queens Park,” he said. “Not to be denied by COVID, we have been committed to bringing the joy of Christmas to the community in another format. “Please join us in celebrating the joy of Christmas through these lighting displays on exhibition around Toowoomba in December.”

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he applauded organisers’ efforts to keep the spirit of Christmas alive by transferring one of the city’s most popular attractions to venues across the CBD. “After a challenging year, I know residents will enjoy the chance to safely view the reworked Christmas Wonderland light displays that also support charities that are helping people across the region,” Mayor Antonio said.

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld CEO Derek Tuffield said he was eager for the community to come together and support a wonderful Christmas tradition. “We understand that many people will be disappointed that Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland won’t be held this year in the Botanical Gardens, however, we are so excited that beautiful Christmas lights and displays will still be on show around Toowoomba,” he said.

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