The Magic of Christmas Lights in Durban. Can you remember it?
The festive season is almost upon us and the Christmas Spirit is all around. How many of you have memories of this incredible event on our festive calendar every year? I remember people using the term, “let’s go see the lights”. Many children would squeal in delight at the mere mention of those words.
Even though it was merely a drive down the street we waited in anticipation for this drive. The colour, decor and excitement to see the Lights was magical.
I have such fond memories of driving into Durban every year with my parents and siblings, when I was a child, to see the Christmas lights down West Street (now called Dr Pixley KaSeme Street). It would sometimes turn out to be a huge family event as many would meet there to take the drive down West Street to see the Christmas Lights together.
What also sticks in my mind, was the hype when the Christmas Lights in Durban became electric. It was every child’s dream to see what it looked like and was talked about for days!
Christmas Lights in Durban have changed a lot from the baubles and gold streams of the 70’s and 80’s.
Last year’s Lights included magical castles, glowing Santas and fairytale characters. These were just some of the fantasy scenes lighting up parts of Durban this festive season for families, young and old, to explore.
Craig Smith, acting senior manager at the eThekwini municipality, said that they try to keep within the Christmas Theme.“We always strive as far as possible to install new features (depending on complexity of design and budget), but occasionally we reuse certain items in good condition.”
Christmas Lights in Durban last year were delayed due to the import of specific lighting cables and other materials, as well as inclement weather. The municipality imported most of those using LED (light emitting diode) as there was no local manufacturer of them, he said, adding that LEDs were lower in energy consumption.
Last year the Christmas Lights display in Victoria Park were made up of flamingos, castles, dolphins and others which are more Christmas-oriented. Apart from a glowing Nativity scene, children were also delighted by a little Christmas house. Sadly, the magic of the Lights in Durban is not like it used to be, as many flock to shopping centres for the festive magic.