The countdown is on for Sunshine’s spectacular Lantern Festival.

Sunshine Business Association president Carson Luk said there will be a range of activities for the whole family.

“This has always been a multicultural, family-oriented free event for the community,” he said.

“We’ve got plenty of surprises – there’s a giraffe coming – she might be real, you won’t know until you see her. And of course we have a spectacular fireworks show planned.”

With a crowd of more than 50,000 people expected, Mr Luk said countless hours had gone into planning the festival.

“It’s an enormous task to put on an event like this for 50,000-60,000 people.

“It takes up a lot of volunteering time and resources, but we always try to put in 110 per cent to put on an event the community can be proud of.”

Street performers, old fire trucks and an array of food are just some of the items planned for the day.

“There’s plenty for the kids too – we’ve got face-painting, sand sculpting and lantern making and the wildlife show,” Mr Luk said.

The festival is on September 23 from 10am to 8pm throughout Sunshine.