“Giving back” is the theme this holiday season as Durban’s Botanic Gardens prepares to host the ‘Festive Trail of Lights’ event, every evening between 18h30 and 21h30, from the 17 to 24 December 2017.
Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens will be magically transformed into an illuminated wonderland by thousands of lights and festive activity. A Kids’ Activity Garden will be run by various local charities, while the mesmerising sounds of the Umlazi Children’s Gospel Choir will fill the night air with Christmas Carols, each evening.
The ‘Festive Trail of Lights’ was inspired by an opportunity to showcase the gardens, create a memorable family experience and provide a platform for people to give back.
Embracing the season of giving, KwaZulu-Natal based charities involved in the event hope, through their efforts, to raise much needed funds for their causes; these include Crow, Feeding the Furballs, Husky Rescue KZN, Hospice, Monkey Helpline, The Bunny Barn, Magic Bean Foundation, Holah and Rainbows and Smiles. Activities will include cupcake decorating, face painting, education stations, sand-art, ceramic painting, pony rides and much more.
Kerry Phillips, Durban Botanic Gardens Trust Manager says, “This unique event provides an invaluable fundraising mechanism for the charities as well as the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust and we hope that the ‘Festive Trail of Lights’ encourages even more excitement, as Durbanites and visitors explore the magical wonderland of The Durban Botanic Gardens all lit up with lights!”
“This really does afford people the opportunity to spread a little Festive cheer and to give back to some worthy causes that make a marked difference in our society,” she added.
Other highlights include: Meeting Santa and other magical Christmas characters in Santa’s Grotto, The Tree of Light where a light may be sponsored in remembrance of loved ones, the talking tree and the North Pole Mailbox where the all-important ‘letters to Santa’ can be posted.
Catering for every palate, a food garden serving local artisanal food with everything from pizza to gourmet burgers, hot dogs and everything in between, will be available to fill hungry tummies and give mom a night off from the kitchen. No food or drink may be brought into the gardens.
Gather friends and loved ones and come down to The Durban Botanic Gardens for some fantastic family holiday fun and a breath of fresh air.
The ‘Festive Trail of Lights’ will be open every evening between 18h30 and 21h30 from 17 to 24 December 2017. Tickets are R40 per person for online sales and R50 at the gate. Book your tickets at Webtickets.co.za, children under two years enter free. There are limited tickets available per night so pre-book to avoid disappointment.
May I use my tickets on any night of Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights?
No, please attend on the date you purchased the tickets for.
Why is there a limit on the number of people who can attend each night?
We’ve placed a limit on attendance each evening to provide a better experience for guests by preventing extremely large crowds on any given night.
Is there parking?
Yes, parking is available at the Umpafa grounds at the Visitors centre entrance. Parking surcharge applies.
Please note that parking is limited and fills quickly. If you park in the surrounding neighbourhood on a side street, please be respectful of our neighbours and park legally as Durban Botanic Gardens is not responsible for parking tickets.
What forms of payment will be accepted?
Cash and credit cards are accepted for ticket sales. Cash only for certain stalls.
Can I purchase food at Trail of Lights?
Yes, there will be a pop up food court set up with local food vendors on site. We have a variety of stalls available. Unfortunately, no picnic baskets, food or alcohol will be permitted onto the premises during the event.
What kind of clothes should I wear?
Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Light is an outdoor event. Though the path is concrete, we suggest wearing shoes with good traction. Please come prepared for the weather conditions.
How long does it take to walk around the path?
It takes 20 to 30 minutes to walk the trail excluding all the activities on offer.
Are pets allowed at the Durban Botanic Garden Trail of Lights?
Pets are not permitted at this event. Service dogs/animals are allowed.
Will Photography be allowed?
Durban Botanic Gardens welcomes photographers who capture and film their experience on cameras and smart phones for personal use and sharing via social media #trailoflights #givingback
Durban Botanic Gardens
9a John Zikhali [Sydenham] Road, Durban
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