What are these lights we see? Surely it can’t be Christmas


What are these lights we see? Surely it can’t be Christmas

Trees of light have sprung up all over the world, including one made entirely out of champagne bottles

Lucy Kenny

The countdown to the festive season has begun and magnificent trees of light have sprung up all over the world. Turning on the Christmas tree lights has also become somewhat of an SA tradition.
Melrose Arch turned on its Christmas lights in early November with a special ceremony on The Piazza to mark the occasion. A tree of lights also went up outside Sandton City and, on Sunday, at the Joburg Zoo.
Cities from Belgium to Brazil are famous for constructing trees made from porcelain or that float, but few are more impressive than Cape Town’s Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, created entirely from champagne bottles.
The tree’s lighting ceremony takes place on Thursday at 7pm at Silo 7, next to the Radisson Red at the V&A Waterfront Silo District. The evening will include performances by the SA Youth Choir and the Cape Town City Ballet and is open to the public at no cost.
Four storeys high and built with 1,800 recycled champagne bottles collected from all over SA, the tree is wrapped in a shimmering golden ribbon of 2,000 discs. Once the sun sets visitors will be treated to 230m of LED lights programmed to illuminate in sync with themed festive music.

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