Councillor Geoff McDonald has officially launched the 16th annual Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland at City Hall this morning (Thursday 25 October).

The Project Committee is calling on businesses and the Toowoomba community to volunteer during the event’s run in December. It takes around 40 volunteers each night to ensure the event runs smoothly for the thousands of visitors that walk through the gates each night, and anyone interested is encouraged to sign up online. Not only will there be a dazzling display of Christmas lights, but also face painting, balloon animals, a barbeque and roving entertainers and dance groups. This year the committee is preparing to ring in $1 million in donations returned to the community through three beneficiaries; Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Toowoomba Hospice and Lifeline Darling Downs & South West. These beneficiaries, in association with The Lions Club of Toowoomba West, hosted a morning tea to celebrate the official beginning of the most wonderful time of the year.

The 2017 Christmas Wonderland event saw over 85,000 people enjoy the festive light displays over a magical 23 days. The three major charities shared $90,000 raised by the event, with another $5000 going towards smaller support organisations.

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