Win 4 tickets to ‘Trail of Lights’

A scene from the 2018 Trail of Lights festive season display at Durban’s Botanic Gardens.

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE magical Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights event will be back again soon for the third year – and SoSuterBill has four tickets to give away to one lucky follower for the VIP opening at 6.30pm on Thursday, December 12., when only 1000 people will be admitted to the event.

For details on how to win the four tickets see the information at the end of this story.

Running from December 12 to 30, at 6.30pm daily, except Christmas Day, Trail of Lights is said to be bigger and brighter than ever this year.

A fairylight fantasy kingdom is created in the Durban Botanic Gardens’s annual Trail of Lights display.

With new displays, more than a million lights, nightly entertainment and holiday activities, Trail of Lights continues to create magical memories and ignite family traditions over the festive season.

An illuminated trail will wind its way through Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden, providing a magical experience after dark and fun for the entire family in a safe and secure environment.

Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting promises visitors a completely different lighting experience. Themed areas will include an African village, the garden of stars, a mini Jurassic park, pathways of romance, a butterfly sanctuary, a magic lighting digital experience, a crazy and large 2019 motif, and a kiddy-themed display.

Situated near the lake, the food garden will feature 30 vendors offering a wide range of food, including Cuban, Mexican, Thai, South African, vegetarian food and sweet treats.

Some vendors will be under the trees creating a ‘food in the forest’ effect and visitors are encouraged to take along picnic blankets.

A festive market is a new experience for Trail of Lights, offering visitors the chance to do some last-minute gift shopping without the mall hype.

More than a million lights are used in Trail of Lights, which runs from December 12 to 30.

This year’s Trail of Lights entertainment will feature various students from Glenwood’s Rock Academy and CODA on the Bluff. They will perform alongside a band with feature spots on different nights to showcase the young stars.

Daniel Sheldon from Beat-Route says: “A lot of our equipment has been sponsored by Sycamore Gear which has made it possible for us to extend our stage presence. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

No food, drinks, animals, weapons, ammunition, illegal substances, bicycles, balls, balloons or gazebos will be permitted.

Since inception, Trail of Lights has featured a strong charity element. This year sees a stellar line-up of organisations working for good, including: Trulife, The Guide Dogs’ Association of South Africa, Feeding the Furballs, Action against Abuse, Stray Cat Carers, The Legion South Africa, SAFE Organisation KZN and SAAMBR.

Some charities will engage directly with the public through onsite activations while others will benefit from funds raised through vendors.

For the first time, Reach for a Dream will host two families at the event.

Children under two are admitted free, but all other attendees require a ticket to enter the event. Tickets cost R120 each for the December 12 VIP evening.

Early-bird tickets are available from http://www.webtickets.co.za or Pick ‘n Pay for R50 each until November 30. From December 1, tickets will cost R65 each.

Limited tickets, for R80 each, will be available at the door.

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WIN FOUR TICKETS TO DURBAN’S TRAIL OF LIGHTS AT BOTANIC GARDENS

To put yourself in line to win FOUR TICKETS to the 6.30pm Thursday, December 12, VIP opening of Durban’s 2019 Trail of Lights at Botanic Gardens, you simply have to be a follower of my site.  At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘TRAIL OF LIGHTS 2019’ in the subject field. 

The winner of the FOUR TICKETS will be chosen and notified after 6pm on Tuesday, December 3. Good luck!

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED – AND NOTE THAT WINNING TICKETS CANNOT BE USED ON ANOTHER NIGHT.

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