Most people of my generation who grew up in Johannesburg have vivid memories of the lights at Joubert Park. This is certainly something I recall enjoying as a child. While the lights in Joubert Park no longer feature (a pity because there are still many children living in the inner city without access to transport), Emperors Palace has, in the last decade, taken over this wonderland for children (and adults) with its Garden of Lights.
Attending this event each year is THE highlight of my secular festive year end functions. I am always charmed by the effect of kilometres of lights, millions of little glowing bulbs, perfectly placed in the garden. I love watching families enjoying the sight of these magical creations. There is more. A funfare. Places to eat. A fabulous lawn for a relaxing sit. However, it is the lights themselves which I love the most.
I strongly recommend that a visit to the Garden of Lights at the 5 star D’Oreal Hotel becomes part of every family’s year end traditions. It is not religious, so there is nothing to stop people from other religions, or no religion at all, from enjoying this marvellous display.
The garden, with its thousands of colourful lights, displays, carols and costume characters is open daily, from 7pm to 10pm (weather permitting) until January 8, 2017. With thousands of people flocking to the attraction every year, Emperors has decided, in the interest of keeping a visit to the garden enjoyable for everyone, to ask a minimal entrance fee of R25 per person – booking is essential and can be made through Webtickets on www.webtickets.co.za or by visiting your nearest Pick n’ Pay Money Counter. In the spirit of giving the Palace of Dreams will be giving all proceeds from ticket sales to The Cancer Association of South Africa, and the Peermont Childrens and Education Trusts that benefit various community development programmesa
All photos courtesy of Emperors Palace.