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Cape Town rings in the festive season. Image: The City of Cape Town.

WATCH: Festive Lights Switch-On attracts thousands of spectators

The City of Cape Town’s Festive LIghts Switch-On took place over this past weekend, and welcomed THOUSANDS of spectators. Watch…

festive lights switch-on cape town

Cape Town rings in the festive season. Image: The City of Cape Town.

Festive Lights Switch-On lights up the Mother City

In ultimate Cape Town style, the annual Festive Lights Switch-On officially highlighted the start of the 2023 festive season and drew in a massive amount of spectators.

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According to the City of Cape Town, Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis hit the switch to set off the lights in front of a crowd of over 70 000 who gathered on the Grand Parade, Darling Street and Adderley Street on Sunday night, 26 November.

The lights, which will stay up until the week of 20 to 25 January 2024, stretches the length of Adderley Street and into Darling Street, and features around 6 000 metres of LED rope light fashioned into various designs.

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The lights are up. Image: The City of Cape Town.

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This year’s lights fixtures has a new addition – a large Christmas tree on the Grand Parade – which will provide the holiday cheer on Darling Street. 

In addition to the installation along Adderley Street and into Darling Street, the City is also installing festive lights in several other areas around the city. Check here.

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SA talent entertains the masses

Right after the big switch-on, spectators were treated to a concert with a star-studded line-up including headline performer Cassper Nyovest, Amapiano artist Focalistic, SAMA award-winning singer Matthew Mole, rapper Ricky Vani Frontline, rock ‘n roll Afrikaans band RAAF and Die Tjommies, Hanover Park’s cultural singing troupe, among others. 

“The City’s enforcement agencies, in collaboration with SAPS and private security, ensured that all those in attendance enjoyed the event without any disturbances. I’m happy to report that there were no major incidents reported during the festivities. We would like to thank attendees for abiding by the rules and hope that this will be a recurring theme for this festive season,” the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said.