Durban festive favourite Trail of Lights 2023 is back

Durban festive favourite Trail of Lights 2023 is back

This year's theme "Gardens-A-Glow"...

The entrance of the Trail of Lights at Durban Botanical Gardens
The entrance of the Trail of Lights at Durban Botanical Gardens/Facebook/@DurbanBotanicGardensTrailofLights

As we approach the most exciting time of year, we bring with us some merry news. 

Durban’s favourite festive event is back to bring enchantment and joy to visitors of all ages starting 8 December 2023 to 3 January 2024 from 18:00-22:00 each evening. 

Get the whole family ready for the favourite "annual light favourites" with an array of new displays that promises to surprise and delight guests from all over. 

The Trail of Lights is a family-focused outing with something that will appeal to everybody - from the really young to the young at heart!

Some of the things you and your family can look forward to include: 

  •       A variety of entertainment and live music each evening
  •       Festive characters and live ‘selfie spots’ across the gardens
  •       Two food gardens offering a wide selection of food and beverages, to suit every palate
  •       Grab a picture with Santa in Santa's Grotto and share your holiday wishes with him
  •       Have your face painted, play a game or find the Grinch while supporting various worthy causes at the  charity-hosted Santa’s Workshop
  •       Mail off your Christmas Wish List at the North Pole Mailbox 
  •        Do your last minute (or first) festive shopping with some of Durban’s most talented traders
  •       Wheelchairs will be available to hire on a first come first served basis

A popular attraction from last year will return this year, Paws and Claus on the 10th, 13th and 14th December 2023. Guests will be able to bring their dogs only to join the merriment. 

Here are a few pointers to take into regard before planning your visit. The Trail of Lights will be open every night between the 8th of December 2023 and 3rd of January 2024, excluding 11th, 12th, 25th & 31st of December from 18:00-22:00 each evening.

  • Tickets are available from or Pick ‘n Pay at:
  • 18:00 Entry R80 per person
  • 19:00 Entry R75 per person
  • 20:00 Entry R70 per person
  • Tickets on the Paws and Claus nights are R50 per pet, when booked with a full-paying adult ticket
  • Limited tickets will be available at the door at R120 pp (card payments only). Children 2 years and under, enter for free.

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