After months of preparation Toowoombaâ€™sÂ City Hall is to be transformed into the spirit of Christmas with the lighting up of thousands of Christmas lights on Thursday, December 6th.
Toowoomba City Council (TRC) Chair Environment and Community Committee Cr Geoff McDonald said â€œThe Festive spirit is well and truly upon us and Council is thrilled to be involved with our CBDâ€™s Christmas Celebrationsâ€.
From the CBDâ€™s Christmas street banners and decorations, Christmas lights, Christmas carols, window displays, entertainment and the lighting of Grand Centralâ€™s huge 35ft community Christmas tree, this is truly a very magical time of year.
Christmas celebrations commence at City Hall at 6pm on Thursday, 6thÂ December, prior to the lights being turned on transforming City Hall into an eye popping Christmas light display, one that can be enjoyed by all in the community.
There will also beÂ Free Popcorn and an Elf hat making area by City Hall, finishing at 7:15pm.
Santaâ€™s elves have been working tirelessly to get City Hallâ€™s Christmas Lights display up and ready on time.
One would be forgiven for thinking the elves and their helpers, the â€˜Lions Club of Toowoomba Westâ€™ would have had enough on their hands preparing for the annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights in the Botanic Gardens, but they too have been elving away working on the special effects and lighting up of City Hall.
The Helen Earley Ensemble, joined by the Harlaxton RSL Brass Band and the Toowoomba City Cheerleaders will be on hand from 6.00pm to kick off the nightâ€™s celebrations and entertain us.
Of course Christmas would not be Christmas without the arrival of Santa. Council and the organisers of the CBD Christmas celebrations had to get in very early to let Santa know what a wonderful, caring Community we are and ensure he would have plenty of time to plan for himself, Mrs Claus and his sleigh, to ho ho ho their way from the North Pole, arriving at City Hall at 7pm to meet the children as the City Hall Christmas lights are turned on.
There wonâ€™t be much resting time though for Santa and Mrs Claus. They are inviting you to follow them by walking on the CBD footpaths, (not the street, as the streets will be open to traffic once Santa and his sleigh have passed), when they sleigh their way down Ruthven Street, as part of the Santa Street Parade. They will then turnÂ left into Margaret Street on their way to Grand Centralâ€™s Community Space, to help light up of the cityâ€™s largest community Christmas tree around 7.30pm.
Diane EdwardsÂ (Warr)
Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
Toowoomba Regional Council