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December 02, 2013

The Festival of Lights marks the four-week countdown to WDC2014

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the Festival of Lights. If you spent your Sunday afternoon in your camping chair in Adderley Street - or better yet - at the Grand Parade listening to the soulful sounds of our SA musicians, then you know what I’m talking about.

The Festival of Lights is a Mother City tradition that started nearly 40 years ago. On the first Sunday of December, Capetonians flock to the CBD to witness the official "switch on" of the festive street lights that initiates the start of the holiday season. Each year, we look forward to a new design and icons that are depicted within the colourful display lighting up the CBD. Since then, the festival has evolved, and later years even saw the birth of a night market that attracts tourists and locals alike. I love going to the night market because if you’re not really into club-hopping like me, the market is the next best place to be to feel the festive vibe that electrifies Cape Town.

What made this year’s festival special was that it marked the four-week countdown to Cape Town becoming the World Design Capital 2014. And that makes me beyond amped and proud to be Capetonian. Here are some of the highlights from the Festival of Lights free public concert yesterday.

Between 80 000 to 100 000 people gathered in the CBD area for the Festival of Lights as well as the free concert, with artists such as Jimmy Nevis, Mi Casa and The Rockets.

Image courtesy of Jonathan Duguid

Entertainers on stilts walked around injecting colour into the crowds.

Image courtesy of Nabeelah Isaacs

The view from the stage with GoodHope FM DJ Wonderboy

Image courtesy of wonderboysa

An hour before mayor Patricia de Lille turned the switch to light up the CBD.

Image courtesy of Craig Howes for @lovecapetown

And boom! Ending off a spectacular evening with a fireworks display overlooking the Grand Parade.

Image courtesy of City of Cape Town

Go and check out the festive lights in Cape Town this holiday season and share your photos with us by tagging it on Twitter and Instagram with #lovecapetown and #FestiveCT

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