14 things to do in 7 days: Getting out in Toowoomba

TO HELP plan the next seven days, here are 14 events happening across the Toowoomba region.

WEDNESDAY

FESTIVE FOLIAGE: Senior diabetes dietitian Renata Basile and Toowoomba and Darling Downs Diabetic Group president Jan Wade at the launch of the 2016 Toowoomba Christmas Tree Festival . Wednesday Oct 12, 2016.
FESTIVE FOLIAGE: Senior diabetes dietitian Renata Basile and Toowoomba and Darling Downs Diabetic Group president Jan Wade at the launch of the 2016 Toowoomba Christmas Tree Festival . Wednesday Oct 12, 2016. Nev Madsen

Toowoomba's Christmas Tree Festival

A BEAUTIFUL display of Christmas trees decorated by community groups, church groups, schools and individuals will be on show.

The festival will begin on Wednesday, December 7 until Friday, December 16 from 9am to 9pm in the Middle Ridge Uniting Church.

The theme for 2016 is Around the World and the festival will include concerts by local choirs, bands and performers.

Bush Christmas Exhibition

A TRUE celebration of exceptional creative talent from regional artisans will be on show.

There will be lots of gifts for those hard to buy for people on your list including art, jewellery, books and cards, homewares, skin care and cakes.

More than 100 selected exhibitor will be at the Masonic Centre until Sunday, December 11 from 9am to 6pm. For more go to bushchristmas.com.

Beginner BMX

GET together with friends and head down to the BMX Track at Captain Cook Reserve to have a go at BMX.

These free, beginner level sessions include getting comfortable with your bike and an introduction to the BMX track.  Basic bike skills for everyday riding are also covered, including braking, weaving, cornering, balancing plus much more.

Sessions are conducted by a qualified, accredited and experienced BMX coach.  Participants are requested to bring their own bikes and helmets, however participants without bikes and helmets are encouraged to come along and use some of the bikes and helmets available.

The session will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 5pm-5.30pm at the Captain Cook Reserve, McGregor St, Wilsonton and are open to young people from five to 15.

THURSDAY

My Local Feast Farmers' Market

THE My Local Feast Farmers' Market is held weekly at the Empire Theatre, Neil St Toowoomba.

Buy local and support your local farmers and the community.

Held from 3pm-7pm, relax in the surroundings of the iconic Empire Theatre between shopping for locally grown, chemical free produce.

For more go to mylocalfeastfarmersmarkets.com.au.

FRIDAY

Crows Nest Christmas in the Park

CELEBRATE the festive season at Crows Nest on Friday, December 9 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

There will be lots for the whole family to do including a free jumping castle, entertainment and a visit from santa.

There will also be food stalls and of course a ham wheel.

It will be held in Centenary Park, Crows Nest.

GraduART 2016

THE next generation of artists will be on display until Thursday, December 15.

This exhibition leads the way for future regional arts. On display is the work of graduating University of Southern Queensland visual arts students in an annual exhibition which represents the culmination of their research in their chosen area of visual arts practice.

The exhibition will be open at the USQ Arts Gallery from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Tickets are free.

For more go to artsworx.usq.edu.au.

SATURDAY

Lighting themselves up are (from left) Emily Byrne, Taylor Byrne, Haylee Dare and Emili McGrath at Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland Christmas lights display in Queens Park Botanical Gardens, Saturday, December 03, 2016.
Lighting themselves up are (from left) Emily Byrne, Taylor Byrne, Haylee Dare and Emili McGrath at Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland Christmas lights display in Queens Park Botanical Gardens, Saturday, December 03, 2016. Kevin Farmer

Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland

THIS traditional Christmas Lights display has begun and will run until Christmas Eve offering the joy and spirit of Christmas to young and old.

The event is hosted by the Lions Club of Toowoomba West and is open from 7pm to 10pm each night weather permitting, in the Queens Park Gardens.

There will be entertainment each night from local grounds and individuals as well as a barbecue sausage sizzle. Entry is a gold coin donation.

Oakey Together

THIS is an all-day community event replacing the town's annual Santa Fair, as a one-off for 2016.

It will focus on the positives of living, working and investing in Oakey and striving to bring the community together.

It will be held in the main street of Oakey from 8am to 8pm and will include Christmas markets from 8am-1pm, a street parade from 1.30pm-2.30pm, a family Christmas carnival on the Oakey soccer grounds from 3pm-5pm, a concert from 5.30pm-7.15pm, Santa will arrive at 7pm followed be carols and fireworks.

For more go to the Oakey Chamber of Commerce Industry Facebook page.

Family Fun Day Out

THIS will be Toowoomba's child and family event of the season.

Come and support your local businesses by having a fun-filled family day, held in the Founders Pavilion at the Toowoomba Showgrounds from 9am to 5pm.

The event will showcase family and child related businesses in the Toowoomba are to help families plan for the coming year. There will be markets, fun activities as well as live auditions to find the next Clever Children's performing superstars.

To book tickets go to cleverchildren.com.au/family-fun-day-out.html.

Family Foodies

COME along to a free workshop by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and develop cooking skills together with your family members at Goombungee.

Workshop topics will include the importance of health eating, energy and nutrient needs and food choices.

All participants receive a free Family Foodies Healthy Eating booklet containing healthy recipes, hints and tips for encouraging healthy eating.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 9.30am to 10.30am at Goombungee Hall. Bookings are required at tr.qld.gov.au/change.

Human Rights Day flag raising ceremony

THE Zonta Clubs of Toowoomba invite you to join them for a flag raising ceremony to mark the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Flags of Australia, the United Nations and Zonta will be raised in solidarity to pledge and uphold the spirit of "16 Days of Activism" which begins on November 25 with White Ribbon Day and ends with Human Rights Day.

The event will start at 9.45am on Saturday, December 10 near the flagpoles in Ruthven St Park.

Halloween Spooktacular Dance Concert

A FAMILY friendly dance concert showcasing DanceSation's students aged from three to adult will perform tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and Latin dances.

Tickets are available at the door on Saturday, December 10 from 1.45pm to 4pm at the Highfields Sports Centre.

Carols at Peacehaven

EVERYONE is invited to enjoy a night of carols at Peacehaven Park at Highfields.

Bring a chair along and children are invited to bring a gift to give to Saint Nicholas which will be donated to Drought Angels.

The carols will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.

SUNDAY

Giggle and Hoot's Magical Christmas

IT'S Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. Trees are being decorated, presents are being wrapped and all that is left to be done is Twinklify the very dark night sky, but what happens when all the stars suddenly disappear?

Giggle and Hoot, the much loved children's program, focuses on preschooler's lives and routines through songs, stories, friendship, laughter and imagination. The live show, incorporating these themes, will be one of the most anticipated and hottest tickets for families this year.

It will be held at the Empire Theatre on Sunday, December 11 at 11am. For tickets go to empiretheatre.com.au.


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