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Saturday, December 16, 2017


(Fazlyn Naidoo participates in “Carols Under the Stars”)

The annual uMhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to uMhlanga for the festive season for visitors and locals alike, from December 14 to 23.

Of course, being uMhlanga, one of the main areas of focus is the beach. The Beach Festival starts on December 14 and continues until December 23 where people are encouraged to participate and join in the fun and games on the uMhlanga Millennium Stage with daily activities planned around the main beach as well as on the stage from 10h00 until 14h00 daily. The day starts with daily exercises to get the blood circulating. The programme features nostalgic old-school family fun – hula hoops; tug-of-war, musical chairs, face-painting, talent showcase, mini Olympics etc.

Kevin Ellis – a multi-awarded international champion Line Dancer – will be leading open public participative Line Dance sessions on the beach stage teaching basic line-dance moves. In-between the classes, there will be impromptu competitions of giving prizes to the best line dancer judged on audience applause. 2017 was a great year for Ellis - he has won KZN; Gauteng; Cape Town; SA; European and World champs in one year.

The programme wraps up every afternoon at 13h30 with a community beach clean up to ensure that everyone gets involved in keeping the beaches in their pristine condition.  

The Carols Under the Stars evening at Granada Square on December 20, co-ordinated by Shelley McLean, takes place from 18h00 until 19h30. The event takes place under the stars in the courtyard square of the hottest spot on the uMhlanga strip. Getting the festive cheer rolling, sing along to favourites like Away in a Manger; Joy to the World; Silent Night; Once in Royal David’s City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. As part of the show, this year includes a number of young performers who will be singing and dancing

Father Christmas will be arriving in style riding on the back of a shiny Harley Davidson. Carollers are invited to bring an unwrapped toy that will be gifted to an under privilege child coordinated by Rotary Umhlanga.

For more information visit or like the uMhlanga Tourism Facebook page.

NB: This year, although many of the season events are formally free of charge, we visitors and participants are encouraged to bring along a gift suitable to give to an underprivileged child for Christmas. Collection points are the Millennium Stage during the festival and at the Carol Under the Stars event - which uMhlanga Rotary will distribute to needy children over Christmas.