Kirstenbosch carols

It’s not Christmas in Cape Town until the carols by candlelight lights up the lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Kirstenbosch carols are one of the most popular festive season events in Cape Town, and they’re sure to get you into the spirit of Christmas! It’s has been a local tradition for over 20 years now, organised annually by the Rotary Club as part of the organization’s yearly fundraising efforts.

Kirstenbosch Carols



The event marks the beginning of the festive season in December every year. In 2018, the Kirstenbosch Carols will take place from 13 to 16 December, with the concerts beginning at 6pm.

The Venue

This is your chance to sing along to your all-time favourite Christmas carols in a stunning setting at the foot of Table Mountain National Park.The annual Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight are held at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens are contain more than 7,000 plant species, almost all of which are part of the indigenous Cape Floral Kingdom. It is also also home to a natural ampitheatre and lawn, which is where the carols take place.

Kirstenbosch Boomslang


The Vibe

Expect all things Christmassy! Don your festive hats and enjoy a line-up of local entertainment before the carols session. Carolers can expect to sing along to traditional Christmas songs including Silent Night and Jingle Bells among others, performed by Cape Town Concert Brass and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir.

This event is perfect for all ages, and there’s plenty of entertainment for kids. The event is the perfect time to round up the family and any holiday visitors, pack a picnic, and revel in the beauty of the season, the songs, and your surroundings. It’s always a magical experience and an unforgettable night of music and Christmas cheer.


Tickets to the Kirstenbosch Carols concert series are only available online, through Webtickets. Check back in November when they go on sale!

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