Joy from Africa to the world – Cape Town lights up this Festive Season
Christmas in Cape Town means trading in the snow for white sand and sunny days, but does not mean that the festive season here is any less magical. This year, we are focusing on celebrating the diversity of the Mother City, and the melting pot of cultures, and people who call her home. The start of the festive season is marked by some extra special occasions we encourage you to join in on.
1. Cape Town Festival of Lights
This year, the Adderley Street-based Festival of Lights is celebrating 50 years of lighting up the City of Cape Town, and they are pulling out all the stops! Adderley Street is considered the main street of the central business district of Cape Town. While you can enjoy the twinkling of the colourful lights any night of the festive season, it is worth attending the official opening on 1 December, where there will be a street party, live concert, and lots of food and gifts to buy from the stalls that line the streets.
The theme for the 2019 celebration is Cape Town: Window to the World. “This year’s theme focuses on diversity, which is what Cape Town reflects,” said Executive Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato.
Aside from the live acts, the show-stopping moments are when the festive lights are switched on by the mayor, and Adderley Street is lit up by colourful lights. The displays depict some of the city’s history as well as Christmas themes. There will also be live performances by The Zip Zap Circus, Early B, The Unknown Dance Crew, Andries Vermeulen, YoungstaCPT, Gemini, Ndlovu Youth Choir and Sho Madjozi.
The event will take place on Sunday 1 December at the Grand Parade – a historic site adjacent to the oldest fort in Cape. It is also here where Nelson Mandela made his first appearance as a free man after 27 years in prison.
The entry is free, and festivities are set to begin at 4pm on 1 December 2019. All you need to do to attend is to be there.
2. Explore the V&A Waterfront’s African, Upcycled Christmas Decor
This Festive Season, the V&A Waterfront has truly sparked magic, discovery, and joy. They have unveiled their festive decorations in a display you will never forget!
That is because all of the festive decoration installations are built on the core principles of sustainability, supporting local design and making a positive economic impact.
The theme is ‘Joy from Africa to the World’, and over 130 local designers, crafters, makers, and artisans have used recycled and upcycled materials to transform the V&A Waterfront into a wonderland that tells an African festive story of peace and kindness. The display showcases local talent while demonstrating just what’s possible with ‘waste’.
Take wander through the mall and soak in the transformation and magic. There are so many beautiful, thoughtful pieces of festive decor to inspire and uplift!
Keep an eye out for the wide array of handwoven traditional baskets that were created by Design Africa and Du Noon urban weavers.
Eco-friendly and socially conscious, Wola Nani used scratched plastic baubles from their previous decor to create awe-inspiring baubles. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of communities affected by HIV and AIDS.
The two magnificent chandeliers in the Watershed were created by Heath Nash & Our Workshop Cape Town – a shared space where people can get together, share knowledge & create. What makes the two Watershed chandeliers even MORE impressive is that they were made using up-cycled plastic detergent bottles, which were gathered from all over Cape Town, cleaned and hand-cut into flowers.
There is so much to see, so keep an eye up!
We hope that the beginning of the festive season is marked by true joy and a deep sense of appreciation for you. Our concierge team at Cape Grace are full of other fantastic suggestions about what to do in Cape Town over the holiday period. If you are visiting over this time, reach out. They are waiting to make this most wonderful time of the year extra special.
Blog post by Tarah Darge