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The Annual Carols By Candlelight at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Sing along to popular Christmas songs at Cape Town’s historic gardens this December

The hugely popular, and now over 20-year-old annual event, Carols by Candlelight at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is on from Thursday, 14 to Sunday, 17 December 2017.

This four-night concert series is the flagship project of the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and forms part of the organisation’s annual fundraising efforts. While each evening boasts a line-up of well-known local acts as pre-entertainment from 5:30pm, the gates only open at 6pm for the carols session. However, if you have tickets you will be allowed to enter and visit other sites in the gardens. The show’s main attractions are the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir, who will perform traditional Christmas carols from approximately 7:45pm until 9:30pm.

The Carols by Candlelight concert sessions are perfect for all ages and afford both visitors and locals an opportunity to not only get into the spirit of Christmas but also take in the century-old beauty of the Cape’s historical botanical gardens.

Patrons are encouraged to make the most of this occasion and get to the gardens early to pick a prime spot, enjoy a picnic dinner and take in Cape Town’s legendary summer sunsets.


Tickets to the Carols by Candlelight concerts are only available via and will be made available a month before the actual event.



Thursday, 14 December 2017 to Saturday, 16 December 2017

R110p/p (Adults)

R85p/p (Scholars)

R25p/p (Children ages two between six)

Children under two enter free

Sunday, 17 December 2016

R125p/p (Adults)

R90p/p (Scholars)

R30p/p (Children ages two and six)

Children under two enter free

There are no discounts to students and Botanical Society members. For more information, contact the Kirstenbosch Rotary club on +27 (0) 83 270 9286 or email [email protected].



Parking is available at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens’ designated parking areas as well as along Rhodes Drive.


For patrons who need to sit on chairs, please position yourselves along the footpaths or in such a way so as not to obstruct others’ view.


While patrons are allowed and even encouraged to bring along picnic baskets, PnP will also have a hospitality area where light snacks, cold drinks, tea, coffee and more will be available.


Do note that while alcohol is allowed in the park, patrons are urged to keep all bottles and containers concealed as this is a family event. Security will monitor this and act accordingly if needed.


Please keep in mind that the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a UNESCO heritage site, and thus visitors are implored to take their rubbish home to dispose of it, as there are no bins on site.

If you love the historic gardens, take a look at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. There are more unique things to do in Cape Town, including these 20 cool things to do in the city this festive season.


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