Siya Kolisi to open the festive season with special tree lighting ceremony in Cape Town

2019-11-21 16:45
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EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 09:  Makazola

EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 09: Makazola Mapimpi (L),Siya Kolisi (M),Lukhanyo Am (R) during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions Tour on November 09, 2019 in East London, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

The Festive Season is fast approaching and with it, all the merriment and tradition your either can - or don't want to handle.

One thing South Africans cannot get enough of though is our Springbok Rugby World Cup team. 

So, if you're in Cape Town on Friday, 29 November, you can catch the legendary Captain Siya Kolisi at the dazzling Moët & Chandon Golden Tree lighting ceremony as he will flip the switch and declare the festive season open. 

Capetonians and visitors alike are once again invited to bring their festive cheer at this popular annual event, with Siya at the helm in honour of the Springbok Rugby team’s epic World Cup 2019 win. SA stars Boity Thulo, Katleho Sinivasan and members of the World Cup winning Springbok team will also be in attendance.

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Moët & Chandon Impérial also celebrates its 150th anniversary this year so there are many reasons to celebrate, according to Pascal Asin, Moët Hennessy Managing Director Africa & Middle East.

Now in its third year, South Africa’s Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony has too found its rightful place in the festive history books - as it  sees over 2000 recycled champagne bottles and sitting at an awe-inspiring four-storeys high, to form the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree.

Expect an unforgettable lighting display to themed festive music, with 230 metres of dazzling LED lights individually programmed to illuminate in time with the music. The ceremony will see performances by opera singers Given Nkosi and Magdalene Minnaar – a voice you may recognise from opening of the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,  as well as the Cape Town Youth Choir.   

What you need to know:

Where: Front of Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront Silo District. 

When: Friday the 29th of November (The tree will be in place until 6pm) 

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm  (arrive well in advance of the 7pm start) 

Cost: No Cost, open to the public 

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Perfect for your Christmas shopping

The Festive Fridays will include a tree lighting experience and will take place on: 6th, 13th and 20th December at 8:30.  

But don't miss the opportunity to find some special gifts in this design-driven district  - home to a host of retailers including Lindt, Kirsten Goss and Kat van Duinen. With shops open until 8pm, visitors are also invited to indulge in some late-night Christmas shopping on the 29th of November, as well as delicious Moët & Chandon festive specials at participating restaurants in the Silo District.  

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