The popular Pageant of Lights is back in the Bundaberg CBD, bringing all the magic of Christmas to the community.
Featuring the official turning on of the Christmas lights and a dazzling parade of over 60 Christmas floats the pageant will delight families on Thursday 30 November.
Roving entertainment including carollers, stilt walkers, the much-loved Grinch, camels and the three wise men plus nutcracker ballerinas will be taking the festive spirit to the main street.
Friends and families will also be able to satisfy all their tastebuds as 31 food vendors line Bourbong street with a variety of cuisines.
Community floats spread festive cheer
At the 2019 Pageant of Lights Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled (RDA) was crowned parade entry winners for the community/club group category.
Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled Vice President Amanda Morgan said the group was very excited to have the Pageant of Lights parade return.
“Not a week would go by without a rider or volunteer asking if it was on and if we would be part of it again,” Amanda said.
“The Pageant of Lights is a chance for me to let my Christmas obsession out and I'm lucky to be part of Bundaberg Riding for Disabled, who let me bring the ideas out of my head and into reality with some amazing and talented teamwork.”
Amanda said the dedication from the local community group to share the Christmas spirit with others was evident.
“About five different volunteers have worked on different parts of the float with approximately 60 to 80 hours of hard work,” she said.
“This doesn’t include the hours that go into planning a theme and how to make it come together before a saw, nail or paintbrush is even used!
“This year what normally takes a year to plan we only had months, but we are still excited to pull it all together.
“Our float theme ‘Elves and Candy Canes’ is going to be big and bright, so no one is going to miss us.
“Previously we had the miniature ponies on board as they added a little bit extra and yes they are returning again this year!”
Pageant of Lights brings community together
“I feel that the community has been waiting for the parade to be back,” Amanda said.
“It is a chance for organisations, clubs, schools and businesses to feel part of the wider community.
“The Pageant of Lights has always been the start of the Christmas community spirit.
“The excitement is building and we can't wait to be part of it all again.”
Pageant of Lights
Thursday 30 November – 5.30 to 9 pm
Bundaberg CBD – Bourbong Street
For all the information on Council’s Christmas events click here.
Temporarily road closures for Pageant of Lights
- Bourbong Street – outbound lane and inbound u-turn lanes between Maryborough and Barolin Streets, also Barolin and Targo Streets from 3 pm
- Bourbong Street – between Targo and Maryborough Streets from 4.00 to 10.30 pm.
- Bourbong Street – between Walla and Targo Streets from 4.30 to 8.30 pm
- Tantitha Street – between Woongarra Street to the front of First Choice (turning area) from 4.30 to 8.30 pm