2015 marks the eighth anniversary of the Festival of Lights event hosted by the Stellenbosch Municipality. The event has evolved over the years to a two-day affair with a free-entry concert on the Saturday where the Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego switches on the Christmas lights and a "Carols by Candlelight" evening on the Sunday involving local churches and gospel bands . This year's event takes place on 5 and 6 December 2015.
The list of artists performing at the free-entry concert includes:
- KARIN KORTJE
- STELLENBOSCH UNITED BROTHERS
- RUAN GROBBELAAR
- TEBOGO & KIE
- VERSATILE BAND
- JOSH THE ENTERTAINER and many more
In 2014, the event attracted about 6000 people from all around and was highlighted by various activities with the opening and the switching on of the Christmas lights by the Executive Mayor. This event created the spirituality of Christmas and was well received by the community. The event also provides an opportunity for 43 informal traders to do business as provision was made for stalls alongside the Braak in Bird- and Blom Street. Food, toys, clothing and other items will be on sale at the stalls.
The festival of lights event is a free event and no alcohol is allowed at the event. Right of admission is reserved.
Please view the attached poster.
Temporary road closures – Festival of Lights
The following streets will be closed for the purpose of the festival on 5 & 6 December 2015:
- Bird Street between the two traffic circles from 14h00-23h00 (Direction North only)
- Blom Street between Meul Street and the Checkers parking entrance from 14h00- 23h00
- Alexander service street in front of the Anglican Church from 14h00- 23h00
Free transport by bus:
BUSES TO AND FROM THE EVENT - PICK-UP POINTS:
Saturday, 05 December 2016. NO BUSES ON SUNDAY, 6 December 2015.
Cloetesville (Smartie Town-17:00, Shops-17:00);
Raithby (Church - 17:00, Vliegveld - 17:30);
Vlottenburg/ Devon Valley (Vlottenburg Shop – 17:00, Devon Valley “uitval werke” – 17:30);
Jonkershoek (Okkie Jooste – 17:00);
Kayamandi (Legacy Hall-17:00, Trust Centre-17:00, Admin Building-17:30);
Idas Valley (Bruckner De Villiers-17:00, Speelkring-17:00, Library-17:20);
Jamestown (Rynse Church-17:00, Shop-17:20);
Elsenburg/Koelenhof/Kromme Rhee (Elsenburg School – 17:00, Kromme Rhee – 17:20, Koelenhof School – 17:30);
De Novo/ Bottelary Farms (De Novo Hall - 17:00, Farms – 17:20);
Klapmuts (Ward Office – 17:00, Clinic – 17:20);
Lanquedoc/ Pniel (Lanquedoc Church – 17:00, Werf – 17:30);
Kylemore (Cnr Brand & School Str – 17:00, Community Hall – 17:30);
Mooiwater / Groendal / La Motte / Wemmershoek (Mooiwater Building, Groendal Clinic– 16:30, La Motte Hall, Wemmershoek Hek – 17:00)
All buses return from the Braak at 23:00 to the various points.