“We were thrilled at the response of everyone joining us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Richard Thompson, Chairperson of the committee. “It was truly a community event, and heart-warming to have so many people joining us.”
Over 3800 visitors attended the festival that displayed 57 Christmas trees decorated to the theme of the alphabet of Christmas. The festival transformed Middle Ridge Uniting Church into a Christmas tree forest of spectacular variety and beauty.
31 community groups decorated trees and well over 100 people from the Toowoomba community gave generously of their time to staff the festival. There were also musicians and choristers who performed each evening and most middays to entertain visitors.
“We also thank everyone for their generosity by donating goods to the empty Christmas tree appeal for the Kath Dickson Family Centre to distribute to those in need in the community,” said Richard.
The gold coin donation at the door meant that $1350 was able to be given to each of the three chosen charities – Kairos Ministry, Angel Flight and Fresh Hope.
“The Festival is Christian, it is Christmas, and it is community, and you have achieved all of that,” said Stephen Buckley, past chairperson of Toowoomba’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s, as he congratulated the new Committee on the opening night of the 2013 Festival.
Planning is now underway for 2014, with all help welcome.