The countdown to the 2018 Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lightshas begun. From the 14thto 30thDecember (except for Christmas Day) the Trail of Lights, now extending to a much larger section of the gardens, will see Africa’s oldest botanic gardens illuminated as never before. With various charities to support and all proceeds going towards the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust, the event offers a wonderful chance to enjoy loads of festive fun in one of the City’s most beautiful green spaces, whilst giving back during the season of giving.
Magic Lighting’s interactive lighting displayalong with The Talking Tree, magical Festive Characters, cupcake decorating and the Orchid House are sure to delight event-goers once again. But there’s so much more…Here’s WHAT’S NEW in 2018!
Santa’s Grotto and Workshopwill be manned by the team from CROW. Look out for Father Christmas’ unique Durban-style sleigh, a few animal friends from the Natural Science Museum and tons of festive activities guided by magical ‘elf helpers’.
Hidden away in the bromeliad garden,The Enchanted Castle, complete with walk-through pathways and peep-through fairytale scenes, will delight the little ones.
Renowned local musicianDaniel Sheldon and his bandmates from Beat Route will provide live musicevery night from 19h30 to 20h30 in the main entertainment area. In addition, live music activations in other parts of the garden, will take place throughout the evening.
Crossing generations, TAFTA’s elderly will regale the children with Stories from the Claus’,a donation-based kids activity sure to enthrall both young and old alike. TAFTA will also be hiring out wheelchairs for this wheelchair and pram-friendly event.
This year the Tree of Remembranceoffers an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones no longer with us, during this special time of year. And you can make your own decorations for your home Christmas tree at the Bauble-making Factory. Both activities will be run by Cupcakes of Hope.
Some last-minute Christmas shopping and craftis on the cards at the Elf Village Marketwhere local traders and crafters will have the opportunity to sell their wares. 20% of the proceeds will go to various charities.
The diverse Food Gardenwill feature up to 20 food vendors and food trucks. From Mexican food, gourmet burgers and pizzas to curries, coffees and tons of other options, there will be something to suit every taste bud. Exciting news, is that much loved Botanic Gardens Tea Gardenwill be resurrected as a pop-up for the duration of the event, to offer tasty treats and snacks in aid of the TB Association.
Event organiser Alene Naidoo sums it up. “The Trail of Lights is all about enjoying the festive season together with friends and family. We look forward to welcoming everyone down to the gardens for a night out of sharing, giving and good old-fashioned fun.”
Ticket prices and online booking details:
- R50 per ticket, if booked online or at your local Pick ‘n Pay Store, children under two are free
- You can buy tickets at webtickets.co.zaor at Pick ‘n Pay
- Limited tickets will be available each night at the door at R70 per ticket.
For more information on the Trail of Lights please visit www.trailoflights.co.za, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DurbanBotanicGardensTrailofLights/or call the Durban Botanic Gardens Information Centre on 031 322 4021.