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Thursday, December 1, 2022


Much to the relief of all fans, Durban’s most popular festive event will take place from December 2, 2022 – January 2, 2023. This year’s Trail of Lights at Durban’s legendary Botanic Gardens promises to be bigger, better and brighter than ever.

“We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters, partners and suppliers, who not only encouraged us to push ahead in some difficult circumstances but pulled out all the stops to make this event a reality,” says event organiser Alene Naidoo. “For starters, the floods in April took a terrible toll on our beautiful Gardens and the landscaping team led by Curator Martin Clement, has been working non-stop to ensure that the venue is in tip-top shape and ready to welcome visitors again.”

Festooned with thousands of lights, in the awe-inspiring lighting displays, buzzing with live entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, magical festive characters, charity-hosted Santa’s Workshop, KZN’s brightest Christmas tree, a special Secret Garden of Lights concealed within the trail, all new horticultural displays and two fabulous food gardens... The Trail of Lights is back ...bigger, better and brighter!

An exciting new addition to the event, are the two PAWS AND CLAUS nights on December 4 and 11, when visitors can bring along their ‘fur kids’ ...dogs ONLY... to join in the fun!!  Ticket sales from these evenings goes to Feeding the Furballs charity.

The Trail of Lights takes place from December 2, 2022, to January 2, 2022 (excluding Christmas Day) from 18h00-21h30.

December 02 – 4; December 09 – 11; December 14 – 24; December 26 – 30 and January 1 – 2.

Limited tickets will be available at the door. Children 2 years and under, enter for free. Tickets are available from or Pick ‘n Pay

Entry times and ticket prices:

18h00 R80 per person

19h00 R75 per person

20h00 R70 per person