Don’t miss a South African fav

Don’t miss a South African favourite, watch the Adderley Street Christmas lights switch on

Join the merry masses as the mayor lights up one of Cape Town’s oldest streets.

Don’t miss a South African fav

Only thousands of proud South Africans would take a pass on a relaxing night in with a good book; for shuffling through the streets of Cape Town in a not-so-orderly fashion to relish in the cities biggest, free open-air event.

That’s right, it’s that time of year again when hauls of traffic seem slim due to blue-collar workers staying put. But this weekend thousands of people are expected to take over the city centre, for the official switch-on of the festival of lights.


Whether you’re from the Cape flats, the CBD, the Northern ‘burbs, or a vacationer who came to CT lekker early to skip the mad rush of tourists pouring in, this one is sure to delight. This Christmas, all nationalities will be happy to celebrate this year’s festival theme: ‘Cape Town Celebrates 20 Years of Democracy’ will have the concrete jungle jiving — in a Madiba fashion – to stand out SA musicians as they commemorate the essence of what is truly being celebrated, Ubuntu.

Phot by Debbie Aird Photography /

And, what better time than Christmas to celebrate! Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille will set the tradition in motion by flipping the lever that will have the Mother City glowing.


You don’t need to worry about the kids getting bored, they’ll be on such a sugar high and absolutely mesmerised by the lights, and they’ll nag you to buy all the trinkets on offer to fill up their Christmas stockings.



Whether you aim to rock out with your frock out to the awesome tunes played by the quirky duo, The Arrows, lis for a lekker lag by the kaapie comedian / musical performer Emo Adams or, groove to the South African reggae and rhythm ‘n blues vibes of Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Jah man! There’s definitely something for all to enjoy.

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Cape Town comedian Emo Adams

There will be stretches of classic local snacks that always accompany carnivals in Cape Town to tempt your taste buds, like the ever popular mielies, goema hare (a.k.a spook asem or candy floss), oversized candied dummies, toffee apples and meebos, biltong and droeworse, bakkies of curry and rice or salomies (curry wrapped in a fluffy roti), slap tjips and the traditional Cape Malay distinctive dishes like biryani, samosa’s, delchies, slangetjies – you catch my drift.





Who? You and all your family and friends

What? Adderley Street Festival of Lights Switch-on

When? Sunday 14 December, 8pm till late / Live performances begin at 4pm

Where? First intersection in Adderley Street – after the Fountain Circle


Line up

– Zahara

– Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels

– Wicus Van Der Merwe

– Karin Kortje (winner of Idols SA season three)

– The Arrows

– Alistair Izobell

– Emo Adams and many more


Police officers and emergency medical staff Security and medics will be available to make certain that attendees are safe.

Please understand that road closures will be in effect and no parking will be allowed on Darling and Adderley streets on this day.

Don’t hate, just co-operate mense!