Emperors Palace is getting ready to host its 11th annual Garden of Lights between November 30 and January 2.
The Garden of Lights in the gardens of the Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel was created to spread festive cheer through spectacular light displays, colourful characters, fun fair rides and delicious food offerings.
“Over the years the Garden of Lights has welcomed over 1.4 million visitors,” says Clive Tavener, general manager for Emperors Palace.
Visitors to the Garden of Lights will be delighted to know that proceeds from their entrance fee will be donated to Reach for a Dream and the Peermont Children’s and Education Trusts.
And in celebration of the resort’s 20th birthday, a further R200 000 will be donated to 20 charities that its employees support.
Children will also have an opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus, the Enchanted Fairy, Gift the Present, the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Special Elves and Emperors Palace’s very own beautiful Garden Princess.
Explore the Enchanted Garden filled with spell-binding secrets and delightful surprises before skipping over to the Mystic Castle and Magic Sweet Shop, where a selection of the yummiest treats can be purchased. Don’t forget to take a stroll to the North Pole for a peek into Santa’s workshop.
The Garden of Lights will also feature a variety of fun-fair rides, including Jump and Smile, Break Dancer, Freeway Fantasy, Pirate Ship and everyone’s all-time favourite, the big Ferris Wheel (from December 3 only).
For the first time in South Africa, illusionist Ryan Sharp will present his show The Magic of Christmas from November 30 to January 2. The show, featuring grand scale illusion, ventriloquism, comedy magic, complimented with dazzling special effects and costumes will bring magic to children young and old.
Tickets to The Magic of Christmas are R80 a person. Visit www.tixsa.com for show times and to book tickets.
Tickets to the Garden of Lights are R25 a person or R100 for a family of five. A combination ticket for the Garden of Lights and Magic of Christmas is also available at R100 a person. Children under the age of two enter for free.
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1213/1937 or by visiting www.emperorspalace.com or www.tixsa.com.
Gates will be open from 7pm to 10pm daily (last entry at 9.30pm), weather permitting.
In the event of overcast and rainy weather, ticket holders will be contacted via SMS to move their booking.
The entry fee excludes fun fair rides, food and beverage and entrance to The Magic of Christmas.