RIDE FOR KIDS: The Downs Motorcycle Sporting Club takes to the road for Toowoomba's 41st annual Toy Run from midday on Saturday, December 16.
RIDE FOR KIDS: The Downs Motorcycle Sporting Club takes to the road for Toowoomba's 41st annual Toy Run from midday on Saturday, December 16.

What's on: Toowoomba

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

IT'S the ongoing joy which is Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland, running from 7-10pm until Christmas Eve. This is the 16th year since the Burstow family began the traditional Christmas-themed lights display which has become a favourite with all ages. Organised in Queens Park by the Lions Club of Toowoomba West, a gold coin donation gives you entry plus entertainment by local groups, roving entertainers, special treats for the grandkids and a barbecue, Christmas raffle and Christmas cakes for sale.

Last year more than 85,000 people enjoyed the event, with Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Toowoomba Hospice sharing the $90,000 raised, and over $5000 donated to other organisations. Phone 0400 357 206 or go to christmaswonderland.com.au.

THE ART OF WEATHER

EXPLORING weather in their upcoming exhibition, the Artists of Crows Nest group focuses on the effects of weather, how we respond, adapt and survive. Recognising that the weather has a profound influence on our everyday lives, local artists have responded through painting, drawing and mixed media, depicting landscape, flora and fauna, agriculture and architecture.

It runs 10.30am-3.30 until Sunday, December 16 at Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery. Phone 07 4698 1687.

CROWS NEST CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS in the Park will be at Crows Nest's Centenary Park (weather-permitting, otherwise in the William St Community Hall). Running from 5-8pm on Friday, December 14, it will include carols by students from Crows Nest and Geham State Schools.

There will be a barbecue, fairyfloss and other treats, face-painting, Santa, fireworks, and even presents for the kids prepared by the Lions Club of Crows Nest. Phone 0438 115 322.

CLIFTON STREET PARTY

THE Clifton Christmas Street Party is also on Friday, December 14 from 6-9pm, with a barbecue, music and of course Santa for the grandkids. It's in King St. Phone Rhonda on 0498 117 033 or Ruth 07 4697 303.

THE PRINT ROOM

THIS free exhibition of Australian printmaking from the Toowoomba City Collection 1960-1979 is on at the Regional Art Gallery from December 15-March 10, 2019.

Printmaking in the 1960s and '70s became an important visual communication platform and was for the first time placed alongside painting and sculpture as a major form of artistic expression for artists including John Olsen and Barbara Hanrahan.

CAROLS AT THE BLUFF

HARLAXTON Brass Band will keep the carols in tune at Carols at Spring Bluff Railway Station from 4-6.30pm on Saturday, December 16. BYO chair, blanket and picnic, or refreshments are available at the Spring Bluff Cafe. Unfortunately, due to the historic and undulating nature of the site, it is not wheelchair accessible above the station platform level.

TOY RUN

THE Downs Motorcycle Sporting Club is off for Toowoomba's 41st annual Toy Run from midday on Saturday, December 16. If you ride, you're invited to join hundreds of others from South-east Queensland, Northern New South Wales, the Darling Downs and Toowoomba to help bring some Christmas cheer to kids who might not have much to celebrate otherwise. The annual ride, starting at 12pm at Picnic Point, makes its way just 16km to the clubhouse at Toowoomba Showgrounds, where the toys - unwrapped please - are collected and riders can enjoy a drink and gold coin sausage sizzle by the Lions Club.

There's a particular request this year for gifts for kids over 6 years, and not to forget teenage boys. For those wanting a longer ride, there are four inbound rides to choose from, leaving from Gatton, Goombungee, Oakey and Nobby. They all depart at 10.30am and regroup with the main ride at Picnic Point in Toowoomba.

Go to dmcsc.org.au/ toowoomba-toy-run or phone Jason Rodgers on 0418 659 091.

DARYL BRAITHWAITE

DARYL Braithwaite will farewell 2018 early at Clifford Park with a full concert inside the Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium straight after the final local race on Saturday, December 29. Toowoomba Turf Club chief executive Blair Odgers said the club was delighted to bring Braithwaite back to Toowoomba to sing all the crowd favourites including of course, The Horses. Tickets are available now, go to cliffordpark.com.au.

Early bird tickets cost $15 or $25 at the gate. There's also the option of an additional pre-purchase three-hour canape function. It's the club's last meeting until Saturday, January 25. Phone 07 4634 6066 for details.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS

IT'S family fun again at Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, Toowoomba, for New Year's Eve with food stalls, a petting zoo and kids' rides from 3.30-8pm. Other entertainment starts at 5pm and for the kids, and those of us who won't be awake at 12pm, there are fireworks at 7.45pm.

SUMMER TUNES

WE DON'T have the full details for this summer's line-up yet, but Tweed Regional Council's Summer Tunes program usually provides free live music by local musicians of various genres at parks in the region each weekend in January and February. So, keep your eye out for more information as it becomes available.


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