BUSH TALENTS: Bush Christmas exhibition organiser Liz McClymont amid the host of artisan art, crafts and gourmet goods available during a past event, as she prepares for this year's 23rd annual celebration of all things handmade for 10 days from November 27 - December 6.
BUSH TALENTS: Bush Christmas exhibition organiser Liz McClymont amid the host of artisan art, crafts and gourmet goods available during a past event, as she prepares for this year's 23rd annual celebration of all things handmade for 10 days from November 27 - December 6. Kevin Farmer

What's on: Toowoomba

NATIONAL GEO EXHIBIT

The National GEO Exhibit showcasing stunning photographs through the lens of Australian Geographic's acclaimed 30-year anniversary book, A Portrait of Australia, is on at the Cobb+Co Museum. The Cobb+Co Museum is the first venue for this exhibition which is on now until Sunday, November 24. The exhibit celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there through the pictures that capture some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country. These are the places where you can discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians. It is free with museum admission.

Go to cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 07 4659 4900.

LAZY GRAZERS

Nothing to do with sheep or cattle. Grazing the Granite Belt aims to help Stanthorpe recover from drought and a post-bushfire tourism downturn. This is a delicious foodie experience that will see you visit ten award-winning Granite Belt wineries by buses that loop around the trail. If you fancy a tasty and relaxed Sunday breakfast, then that is also available along with other food menus to taste, while sampling wines. What a great way to support the region!

Go to granitebeltwine country.com.au/grazing/ or phone 07 4684 1226.

BUSH CHRISTMAS

THE 23rd Annual Bush Christmas exhibition is on again for Christmas gift and gourmet shoppers. It will take place over 10 days from November 27 - December 6. The Bush Christmas began when a group of western Queensland women created an event to showcase the amazing creations of our talented rural and remote artisans. Gourmet Christmas hampers are a specialty, filled with delicious handmade products.

At the Masonic Centre, 58 Neil St, Toowoomba.

TWILIGHT MARKET

HAND Made Under the Stars on Thursday, November 28 is described as "the ultimate twilight shopping experience". You will find more than fifty quality market stalls, fabulous food and wine, music and mouth-watering gourmet tastings. With products sold by the maker, this is your opportunity to chat directly with the artisans. Entry is free. Weather is no problem as the event is undercover.

For more info, go to cobbandco.qm. qld.gov.au or phone 07 4659 4900.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

EVERYONE is invited to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Toowoomba's Christmas in the CBD at City Hall from 6-8pm on Thursday, November 28. There will be entertainment including the Helen Earley Ensemble, Harlaxton RSL Brass Band and Toowoomba Cheerleaders. Santa's arrival is planned for 7pm. And don't miss out on your chance to witness the glittering lighting of City Hall before the sleigh departs for Grand Central's Christmas Tree lighting in Central Square at 7.40pm. This is just the start of Christmas events around the region. So don't miss out and keep a look out for your local carols and celebrations. Upcoming carol events include Hodgson Vale on November 29. Kingsthorpe and Millmeran on November 30. Cecil Plains and Oakey, Peacehaven and Nobby are on December 7.

Phone 13 18 72 for more details.

REINDEER RUN

JOIN Rudolph and the gang for Toowoomba Hospital Foundation's annual charity run at Baillie Henderson Hospital. The foundation helps to fund equipment, services and programs as well as staff development, research and scholarships for the Toowoomba Hospital, Baillie Henderson Hospital and Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home. This year's run is on Sunday, December 1.

So look out for details, go to toowoombahospital foundation.org.au or phone 07 4616 6211.

COUNTRY HEART

TOOWOOMBA'S Country Heart Christmas Market returns from December 6-8 raising money for charity. The market gives you a perfect opportunity to browse the handmade craft, buy Christmas gifts and let the grandkids enjoy the children's entertainment. It's at Glennie Junior School Hall, 263-269 Herries St, Newtown.

Go to, countryheartevents.com or phone 0488 404 637.

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

TOOWOOMBA'S Christmas Wonderland is one of Queensland's biggest light extravaganzas. And it's on again from 7-10pm on Saturday, December 7-24. Whether you still love the magic of Christmas lights yourself, or want to take the grandkids, this really is a wonderful event and it's not to be missed. For those who are new to town, this is a traditional Christmas lights display covering about 4 acres in the Botanical Gardens at Queens Park, Lindsay St, Toowoomba.

And there is something new and special to enjoy each year. Entry is by gold coin donation. Funds raised go to local charities. This is a sparkling and joyful event and a host of entertainment is on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

Go to christmas wonderland.com.au or phone 0400 357 206.

Don't forget to say a big thanks to organisers, the Lions Club of Toowoomba West.

MAYORAL CAROLS

THE annual Triple M Mayoral Carols by Candlelight at Queen's Park. This is the perfect event to get you in the Christmas mood and it's on Sunday, December 8. Fun, food and rides for the grandkids plus Christmas markets start from 4pm, then pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm. The carols commence from 6.30pm.

It will all finish with a spectacular fireworks display for the whole family at 8.15pm.

GOING FOR BAROQUE

SKILLED period ensemble, Brisbane Baroque Players will inspire Toowoomba music lovers with sounds from a bygone era at St Luke's Anglican Church (Herries St) on Saturday, November 9. Entitled Bellissima! The concert will feature historically informed pieces of Baroque music including Vivaldi's Lute Concerto played on period instruments, including the harpsichord, lute and a myriad of other Baroque stringed instruments. Tickets $20 and $15 concession.

Go to trybooking.com/BGDKD or tickets available at the door on the night. (Door sales will be cash only).