For the first time, HBNC is hosting a Christmas Lights Wonderland in the Botanic Gardens beside the Urangan Community Wellness Centre.

The Botanic Gardens will be transformed into a magical wonderland of dazzling lights set to enchant local families and visitors with a safe holiday experience, Shani Mitchell, HBNC Management Committee member said.

“Visitors can expect a breath-taking display of thousands of twinkling lights, creatively designed festive installations and enchanting pathways that will transport them into a Christmas Wonderland, Hervey Bay style”, Shani said.

A special thank you goes to major event sponsor, Hervey Bay Boat Club. Boat Club General Manager, Tony Bonello, said the club was proud to be involved with such a joyous community event.

 “The Wonderland will be an unforgettable experience for all ages with families able to stroll through the enchanted gardens and enjoy the festive season in a joyful atmosphere,” Tony said.

Tony encouraged visitors to head to the Boat Club after seeing the lights, to enjoy a special meal deal:

Hervey Bay Boat Club Meal Deal: December Pizza Deal - Buy any two pizzas off the menu and receive a Jug of Soft Drink for $49.90 members / $54.90 non-members

HBNC CEO, Tanya Stevenson, encouraged all community members to come along and join in the fun.

“The event will be open from 6pm – 9pm each evening, with entry via the Chinese Garden gates,” Tanya said.

“We are currently seeking any volunteers who are interested in helping out in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

“We are also looking for business sponsors for each of the themed displays.”

Fraser Coast councillor, David Lee, said the gardens were a perfect location for the event.

"The Hervey Bay Botanic gardens is an iconic location. The Christmas Wonderland light display is a creative expression and celebration of the Christmas festive season. We encourage the public to visit and view the display," Cr Lee said.

It will be a gold coin donation to enter the event, with funds raised going towards creating a bigger and better event next year.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular will be open every night from December 9 – December 21.

Thank you to the Toowoomba Christmas Lights Team who have shared their experience and knowledge with our working group.

Key sponsors: Hervey Bay Boat Club, Paton’s Electrical Services, Hervey Bay Baptist Church, Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.