Christ­mas pa­rade lights up city streets

The Chronicle - - News - MEGHAN HAR­RIS meghan.har­[email protected]­i­

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.”

Pho­tos: Kevin Farmer

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.

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