As twilight falls let the magic begin: Durban Botanic Gardens to glow with thousands of lights this December

2018-10-29 14:00
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(Photo: Tim Lubbe Photography)

The festive season is a time filled with merriment and wonderful experiences shared with friends and families.

One of the best ways to make this festive season extra special this year is to check out the Durban Botanic Garden's Trail of Lights. Set (obviously) in the beautiful Durban Botanic Gardens, from 14 to 30 December, Africa's oldest botanic gardens will mesmorise visitors with the glow of thousands of lights.

Much more than just being a different way to enjoy nature's bounty, the Trail of Lights is a time when locals and visitors to Durban alike can enjoy loads of outdoor fun and festive activity.

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • When: 14 - 30 December, 18:30 - 21:30

  • Where: Durban Botanic Garden, 9A John Zikhali Rd, Musgrave, Durban, 4001

  • Cost: R50 per ticket if booked online or at your local Pick n Pay Store, children under two go free. Limited tickets will be available each night at the door at R70 per ticket. Buy your tickets here

  • For more information, check out the event page on Facebook or call the Durban Botanic Gardens Information Centre on 031 322 4021. Limited tickets are available per night, pre-book to avoid disappointment.  

Here’s what to expect:

Building on 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.”

Beyond the Trail of Light, which will feature magical Christmas characters such as forest fairies, Santa’s elves, Mr Snowman, a talking tree and the Remembrance Tree of Light, there will be also be live music served up hot by some of Durban’s best local talent every night, between 19:30 and 20:30.

Feeling hungry? There is something for every taste in the food garden with some of the city’s best local vendors offering a range of food options. Don't show up hungry if you don't plan to enjoy some of the gastronomic delights on offer as no food or drinks will be permitted into the gardens.

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Much more than just an opportunity to enjoy the transformed beauty of the Durban Botanic Gardens, the Trail of Lights, in spirit with the season, offers visitors the opportunity to be a bit altruistic and give back. With charities including CROW, Feeding the Furballs, Cupcakes of Hope and TAFTA. Make sure you check out their stalls, stations and areas to find out how you can help.

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.

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