Christmas Around the Region
There's been a huge number of festive events in the Toowoomba region, but here's a few to still look forward to:
Cecil Plains Carols by Candlelight run by Cecil Plains Progress, Tourism & Recreation Assoc on Wednesday, December 13 at the Memorial Hall, Geraghty St. Sausage sizzle from 5.30pm, carols from 7pm, Santa attending.
Goombungee Community Carols is on Wednesday, December 13 from 6pm at Rosalie Gallery Courtyard with carols starting at 7 pm.
Gowrie Junction has a movie and Santa on Saturday, December 16 from 5pm to 9pm at Gowrie Junction Community Hall. Santa arrives at 6.30pm for a photo shoot and there's drinks, sausage sizzle, popcorn and the family movie from 7.30pm.
Pittsworth Christmas in the Park is Tuesday, December 19, starting at 5pm at Park St, Pittsworth. Santa Claus is arriving by sleigh, and there's free children's rides, fireworks, as well as a barbecue and presentation to the Christmas light competition winners.
Millmerran Combined Churches Christmas Carols are on Wednesday, December 20 at Millmerran Hospital Grounds, with action from 6pm including sausage sizzle, sweet treats and Santa, with carols from 7pm featuring Brendon Walmsley and Soul Connection.
Now in its 15th year, Christmas Wonderland runs until December 24 at Queens Park (entry via Lindsay and Campbell Sts). As well as all the magical themed Christmas decorations, there's roving entertainment, a barbecue and free ice-cream for the kids. Entry is gold coin donation. Go to www.christmaswonderland.com.au.
Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival at Middle Ridge Uniting Church continues until December 15, with a forest of decorated and themed trees, as well as gifts and refreshments. Doors are open 9am-9pm, with entertainment by local artists, choirs and bands at 10.30am and 7.30pm and a Rotary Club barbecue from 5-7.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. Go to http://www.mr.unitingchurch.org.au/tctf/.
Family music legends
X-FACTOR finalists Audio Vixen pay tribute to family music legends at City Golf Club Toowoomba from 7pm on Friday, December 22. Hailed as having the harmonies that only siblings can produce, they will play music from the Bee Gees, Everly Bros, Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Andrew Sisters and, of course, the Jacksons. Call: 46369000 or go to citygolf.com.au.
New Year's Bush Dance
Enjoy going a little bit - or a lot - Country at the New Year's bush dance at Jondaryan Woolshed. There's live music all night, a buffet, open bar and late night burger bar and you can stay onsite if you want to. Book at 46922229.
New Year's Speed
For those who like to hurtle into the new year, there's the New Year's Speed family night from 6-10pm at Toowoomba Speedway, 100 Wirths Rd, Charlton. There's fireworks, freestyle motocross and a demo derby, plus the Super Sedan Summer Slam. Main gate opens 3pm and it's $20 for pensioners.
Queen's Park New Year
Everyone's got the chance to see out the old year with a dose of fun with Toowoomba Regional Council's celebrations at Frog's Hollow, Queen's Park from 3.30pm on Sunday, December 31. Entry is free and there's free rides for the kids/grandkids as well as a petting zoo, food stalls, roving entertainment from 4.30pm, circus fun, cheerleaders, disco dancing ... even Batman's going, arriving a bit after 5pm. And, of course, there's fireworks, at the early time of 7.45pm so everyone can enjoy them.