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
- Versatile Band
- Josh The Entertainer
- Tebogo & Kie and many m
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.