‘Tis the season for celebrating
The festive season comes with numerous opportunities to socialise and celebrate. Here are two events you simply must diarise where champagne is the key ingredient.
Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday 29 November
Moët & Chandon’s Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony has become a festive highlight in the lead-up to Christmas. Capetonians and visitors to the city are invited to gather on Friday 29 November from 6:30pm at the V&A Waterfront Silo District to watch as the awe-inspiring tree is illuminated. Built with over 2 000 recycled champagne bottles and an awe-inspiring four storeys high, the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is wrapped in a shimmering gold ribbon created using over 2 000 discs and 230 metres of LED lights programmed to shine in time to themed festive music.
In honour of the Springbok Rugby team’s World Cup 2019 win, Captain Siya Kolisi will year be given the honour of flicking the Golden Tree’s switch and declaring the festive season officially open, with members of the World Cup winning Springbok team will also be in attendance. Visitors will be hosted by stars Boity Thulo and Katleho Sinivasan, and treated to the vocal talent of internationally revered opera singers Given Nkosi and Magdalene Minnaar. For the first time, visitors will be able to purchase Moët & Chandon minis from dedicated bars around the tree and festive specials will be available at selected restaurants.
The event is open to the public at no cost. But if you can’t make it on the day Moët & Chandon have organised an additional three Festive Fridays: 6, 13 and 20 December, which will include a Golden Tree lighting experience. The Moët Golden Tree will be up in the Silo District until 6 January.
The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival
30 November & 1 December 2019
The annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth is one of SA’s premier social calendar highlights. The tenth edition of the event on 30 November and 1 December offers the opportunity to dress up and enjoy some of the country’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and French champagnes. To complement the bubbles, there will also be a culinary element – with dishes on offer from some of Franschhoek’s finest eateries.
This year’s dress code is blue and white and as in previous years, a prize will be awarded to the Best Dressed Couple on each day.
The event is open from 12 noon to 5pm daily at the Huguenot Monument. Tickets cost R395 per person through webtickets.co.za, and include access to the festival and a complimentary tasting glass, as well as MCC and champagne tasting coupons. Additional vouchers can be purchased on the day. Children under 18 years will be allowed free entry to the festival.
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