Lights. Laughter. Memories.
If you’re wondering how you’re going to make this festive season extra special, then look no further than the annual Durban Botanic Gardens’ Trail of Lights. From 14 to 30 December, Africa’s oldest botanic gardens will be lit up with thousands of lights, loads of outdoor fun and festive activity.
Here’s what to expect….
Following on from last year’s glittering success, the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust and event organisers have extended this fun-filled event to two weeks over the festive season, incorporating an even larger portion of the gardens.
Event organiser Alene Naidoo says, “The good news for everyone celebrating Christmas in Durban is the chance to experience the gardens illuminated at night… a rare and special experience.” In addition to the trail which will feature magical Christmas characters, a talking tree and the Remembrance Tree of Light, there will be live music brought to you by some of Durban’s best local talent every night, between 19h30 and 20h30. A food garden with some of the city’s best local vendors offering a range of food options, will have something to suit every tastebud. Visitors to the event, are reminded that no food or drinks will be permitted into the gardens.
The Trail of Lights is Durban’s best non-commercial Christmas event and gives members of the public an opportunity ‘to give something back’ during the season of giving, in a safe and secure environment. Support the worthwhile work being done by KZN-based charities by visiting the kids’ activity garden with pop-up stalls, cupcake decorating and other education stations.
This year’s charities include CROW, Feeding the Furballs, Cupcakes of Hope and TAFTA. Alene adds, “Santa’s grotto presented by CROW will have a very unusual, not-to-be-missed South African-style sleigh.”
The Trail of Lights is the Durban Botanic Gardens’ biggest annual fundraiser and proceeds go towards the upkeep and preservation of the gardens for visitors and future generations to enjoy.
Alene concludes, “We look forward to seeing everyone there to make some special family memories, give back to the gardens and charities involved and teach our kids what the real spirit of Christmas is all about.”
Ticket prices and online booking details:
• R50 per ticket if booked online or at your local Pick n Pay Store, children under two go free
• You can buy tickets at www.webtickets.co.za or 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, or call the Durban Botanic Gardens Information Centre on 031 322 4021.
About The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust
The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust is an independent and discretionary Trust, established in 1993 to support is Durban Botanic Gardens with various maintenance and development projects including projects with a focus on the following core areas, namely education, biodiversity, heritage, horticulture, research and people, plants and culture.
The Trust, through its various fundraising initiatives, sponsorships and donations from both public and corporate benefactors, is able to invest in the future of the Durban Botanic Gardens to ensure that the Gardens remains a garden of excellence and a garden for all.
The Trust is committed to ensuring that the Durban Botanic Gardens continues to be a place of excellence, ensuring its relevance and presence within the horticultural world at both international and regional level. The Gardens special presence within the City is also critically important to ensuring a balance within the urban environment. Whilst it is a major tourist attraction, it is also a place of peace and tranquillity for all the citizens of Durban. As an independent body from the City council, the Trust ensures that the qualitative elements of the development and maintenance of the Gardens can be supplemented, thereby ensuring that the Gardens continues to be recognised as an educational, scientific and culturally relevant institution.
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