Christmas Wonderland to light up park with festive spirit
WHEN Queens Park transforms into a magical wonderland of lights you know Christmas is just around the corner.
Toowoomba's iconic Christmas Wonderland was officially launched today ahead of its opening on December 3.
It will run until Saturday, December 24 from 7am - 10pm.
The event is organised by Lions Club of Toowoomba West and project chairman Marshall Cox said he was looking forward to the event.
"Each year we try and make it bigger and better. People want to see new things every time they come along," he said.
"When you see buses role in from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast it is great because word is spreading about our wonderland."
This year there will be several new displays which will be kept secret until opening day, along with the return of many favourites.
About 80,000 people are expected to visit the wonderland with a gold coin donation required upon entry.
All funds raised will go towards the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, Toowoomba Hospice and Lifeline Darling Downs as well as a number of minor beneficiaries.
To make the Christmas event possible more than 40 volunteers are needed each night to run the event.
Mr Cox said more volunteers were welcome.
"If your organisation would like to take part and volunteer you can apply online. The event wouldn't be possible without volunteers," he said.
This year the event has introduced a free park and ride initiative in the hopes of easing the traffic congestion.
A shuttle bus will do the rounds from the PCYC, stopping at another inner city carpark and then arriving at Campbell St.
The free park and ride will kick off on December 17 and more information will become available closer to the opening date.
Due to an issue with pets attending the wonderland last year, pets are no longer allowed at the event.
For more information or to volunteer visit christmaswonderland.com.au.
In the event of wet weather, information will be posted on the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland's Facebook page.