Christmas parade lights up city streets
CHRISTMAS has officially arrived in Toowoomba with festivities spilling onto the streets on Thursday night.
Christmas in the CBD lit up the city as a cast led by Santa and Mrs Claus walked through the streets bringing festive cheer to all those they passed.
There were Christmas carols sung, markets with plenty of stocking fillers, live entertainment and the lighting of City Hall and Grand Central’s 35-foot tree.
The Toowoomba Regional Council and Grand Central worked together to bring the family fun event to life.
It started at 6pm at City Hall and once the building was glittering with lights the parade made its way down Ruthven St, before turning into Margaret St and ending at Grand Central’s Central Square about 8pm.
Grand Central marketing manager Marieke Bridgeman said Christmas was one of her favourite seasons at the shopping centre.
“We love sharing the joy of Christmas with our customers,” she said.
“The 35ft tree is pride of place in Grand Central’s outdoor community space.”
FESTIVE SPIRIT: Abbey Hinder has her photo taken with Santa and Mrs Claus as part of Christmas in the CBD celebrations.
Porscha Cherry and Danny Cherry wave at Santa and Mrs Claus.
Helping children make crafty elf hats are (from left) Sarah Leighton, Bre McCarthy and Rhiannon Priestly.
Santa and Mrs Claus arrive at City Hall.
Grand Central’s community Christmas tree lights up.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio (left) and Cr Geoff McDonald lead the crowd in dance.
Santa and Mrs Claus greet the crowd as they take the stage at Grand Central.