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Get into the spirit of the festive season with an evening of  Christmas carols at one of South Africa’s beautiful outdoor locations. Warm up those vocal chords and bring along the whole family for a candlelit picnic under the stars. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly – tra la la la la.


Christmas carols Western Cape


Carols by Candlelight at Laborie 

Celebrate the start of the festive season and head off to Laborie Wine Farm on Friday evening, 7 December, for their annual Carols by Candlelight. Situated in the heart of Paarl and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, with the Paarl Mountain as its backdrop, Laborie is regarded as one of the precious jewels in the Cape Winelands District.

Date:  7 December 2012

Time:  gates open at 17h00, carols start at 18h30

Venue:  Laborie Wine Farm, Paarl

Cost:  R50 for adults, R20 for children over 12

Contact:  tel 021-807-3390, email


Carols by Candlelight at Vergelegen

Prepare your picnic and join thousands of guests to share this moment of magic in aid of the Helderberg Hospice.

Date:  14 December 2012

Time:  18h00

Venue:  Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West

Contact:  Helderberg Hospice on 021-852-4608


Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight

Bask in the sounds of  Cape Town Concert Brass and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir on the rolling lawns at the foot of Table Mountain.

Date:  13 to 16 December 2012

Time:  20h00

Venue:  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cost: from R55

Contact:  Tel 021-799-8783


Carols by Candlelight with Andriette Norman at Durbanville Hills

Enjoy festive fun with carols by candlelight led by Andriette Norman, one of the top three Idols of 2007, including a performance of traditional and contemporary Christmas favourites in aid of the Môresterretjies Crèche.

Date:  7  December 2012

Time:  18h00

Venue:  Durbanville Hills Wines, Tygerbergvalley Road

Cost:  R80, children under 12 are free

Contact: Simone Brown – tel: 021-558-1300, email


Christmas Carols and Starlight

Part of the Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival 2012/13, this is a traditional get-together of friends and family in true, celebratory festive spirit. Richard Cock and the Cape Town Festival Orchestra and community choir will rejoice in Christmas carols from around the world.

Date:  22 and 23 December 2012

Time:  19h00

Venue:  Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch

Cost:  R130 – R150



Christmas in South Africa

Come and enjoy Nadine in Christmas in South Africa, a unique show with the most beautiful Christmas Carols and Christmas songs from her newly released Christmas album.

Date: 23 December 2012

Time:  19h00

Cost:  R175

Venue: Rhebokskloof Theatre on the Lake, Wine Route No 8, Windmeul, Agter Paarl



Christmas carols in Gauteng


Carols by Candlelight at Walter Sisulu Garden

Carols by Candlelight at the Garden are brought to you by Botanical Society of South Africa in association with Old Mutual. Come join us and sing Christmas Carols with the Mzansi Youth Choir – entertainment for the whole family.

Date:  1 December 2012

Time:  18h00

Venue: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Roodepoort

Cost:  tbc

Contact:  tel: 086-100-1278


Photo courtesy of mseckington


Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Carols by Candlelight at the Garden are brought to you by Botanical Society of South Africa in association with Old Mutual. Come join us and sing Christmas Carols with the Mzansi Youth Choir – entertainment for the whole family.

Date:  8 December 2012

Time:  17h00

Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Cost: tbc

Contact: tel: 012-843-5172/3/4


Wildlights at the Joburg Zoo

The Zoo switches on its Tree of Light and the Wildlights in December to become a magical wonderland. Sing along to the Christmas Carols and gaze at the frog, hippo, butterfly and tiger shapes made out of lights. Take a night tour to see the Zoo’s nightlife.  Children will also be able to enjoy stories read by Santa and visitors can picnic in the well-lit areas.

Date: 15 to 24 December 2012

Time:  17h00 to 21h00

Cost:  R58 for adults, R36 for children and pensioners

Venue: Johannesburg Zoo



Carols on the Square

With everyone’s favourite conductor, Richard Cock and soloist Joseph Clark, the Joburg Festival Orchestra, Mzansi Youth Choir and the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg bring Nelson Mandela Square alive with their rousing performances of all the much-loved seasonal tunes and all your favourite Queen songs.

Date: 2 December 2012

Time:  17h00

Cost:  Free

Venue: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton

Contact: tel: 011-217-6000



Lipizzaners Carols by Candlelight

A wonderful outing for the whole family. The magnificent white Lipizzaner stallions will be performing to classical music and Christmas music, incorporating Christmas Carols with the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa to ring in the festive season.

Date: 5 to 23 December 2012

Time:  19h00

Cost:  R130

Venue: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami

Contact:  tel: 083-601-2104 or 082-457-9725,


Christmas carols in KwaZulu-Natal


Carols Go Jazz

For the past 3 years Carols Go Jazz has brought exciting music and world class artists. This year is no different. The show is a 110 min jazz concert of traditional carols transformed to jazz arrangements.  This year the concerts are headlined by jazz vocalist Zarcia Zacheus. She will be accompanied by her trio.

Date: 19 and 20 December 2012

Time:  19h30

Cost:  R120

Venue: Howard College Theatre, Masizi Kunene Avenue, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban



Christmas carols in Eastern Cape


Carols by Candlelight at Feather Market Centre

Carols by Candlelight in aid of St Francis Hospice. A Christmas carol concert featuring massed choirs and brass ensemble conducted by Richard Cock, Featuring ATKV winning Soloist Caroline Modiba.

Date: 25 November 2012

Time:  15h00

Cost:  R70 – R90

Venue:  Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth



Christmas carols in Garden Route



SPCA Carols by Candelight

This year’s event will be filled with caring as the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Garden Route branch of the SPCA to further the incredible work they are doing in the Eden District to educate people and assist animals in need. The evening will be filled with entertainment and candlelit ambience, accompanied by the lyrical expertise of Voldi George and the South Cape Children’s Choir conducted by Jan-Erik Swart.

Date: 2 December 2012

Time:  18h00

Cost:  R20

Venue:  The Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa, Herolds Bay

Contact: tel: 044-851-1234


Carols by Candle light with Elephant Picnic

Knysna Elephant Park together with Plett Aid Foundation is hosting their yearly Carols by Candle Light picnic and entertainment evening. The Knysna Elephant Park provides a home for orphaned elephants and offers visitors a taste of nature in an area where vast herds once roamed. Join the elephants in their controlled free-range environment where you will be able to appreciate their magnificent presence up-close-and-personal.

Date: 17 December 2012

Time: 19h00

Cost:  R50 for adults and kids bring an old toy / clothing as an entry pass.

Venue:  Knysna Elephant Park

Contact: tel: 044-532-7732


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