An extra 1000 tickets will be released for the sold-out Merry and Bright enchanted gardens event after the Queensland Government relaxed COVID restrictions.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a further easing of pandemic restrictions from 17 November which means outdoor events can now have an extra 500 people.
Bundaberg Regional Council events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said it was now possible to release another 500 tickets for each night of the event.
“Merry and Bright is a unique and exciting new event which will see the Botanic Gardens spectacularly lit, creating a Christmas wonderland to be explored,” Cr Learmonth said.
“This new initiative was our creative approach to delivering a new event that would meet COVID guidelines and surpassed even our expectations in its popularity, selling out within a matter of minutes.
“We are very thankful that the Queensland Government has now further eased restrictions, allowing us to open this event up to more of our community.”
Cr Learmonth said he understood that, despite the increase in Merry and Bright ticket numbers, he knew it would not be possible for every interested resident to attend.
“With restrictions placed on events by the Queensland Government unfortunately we can no longer allow uncapped crowd numbers to attend community events.
“Merry and Bright is being held over two days this year as a trial and, if successful, extensions of this event will be assessed for future years,” he said.
This year Merry and Bright will see the Botanic Gardens become “enchanted” on December 12 and 13.
A circuit of lighting will be created to explore on foot or by train between 5.30 and 8.30pm. Roving performers and food vans will also add to the event’s atmosphere.
While the event is free to attend, bookings for Merry and Bright are essential to meet COVID safe evert requirements.
The additional Merry and Bright tickets will be released at midday on Monday, 23 November at whatsonbundaberg.com.au.
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