Switching on of lights @ Winter Wonderland

With a cold front fast approaching the False Bay coastline, the Winter Wonderland festival Office has decided to change the Winter Wonderland Carnival Parade and Ceremony from Friday 4 July to Sunday, 6 July 2014. Premier Helen Zille will be the Guest of Honour and officially switch on the Carnival lights for 2014. Zille has especially changed her plans to support the Gordon’s Bay community and will, herself, also be in the celebratory parade. When informed of the change of plan, the Premier’s office comments: “The Premier fully understands your concerns with weather conditions and was none the less prepared to give up her Sunday to attend this, the 4th Winter Wonderland, to help promote the event and Gordon’s Bay.” The Parade will form up from 17h00 to start at 18h00 from the NG Kerk and proceed along Beach Road to Hendon Park (Carnival Park).

The  Carnival Weekend from 4–6 July  guarantees good wholesome food, festivities and family fun for young and old. A snow-clad Alpine village with ice skating rink, a whale exhibition and the South African National Circus have joined the festivities this year while the ever-popular Art, Craft and Food markets, Craft Beers and Wine tastings, Fun Fair Carnival Rides, the Fantasy Fairy Forest and ‘House of Horrors’ Ghost House will delight and excite amidst the delight-full displays.

Throughout the weekend, the village will have a pulse all of its own – from buskers at the ‘streetlight parties’, musicians ‘living it up’ in restaurants to the multi-talented artists performing ‘live’ on stage at Carnival Park, Fusion of Flavours Food & Wine Fare and Post Office Amphitheatre, many more professional and celebrity entertainers have flocked to the festival to showcase their talents. Lana English (international star of ‘Phantom of the Opera’) and her brother, Victor Siljeur, Ltd Edition Drum Corp (S.A’s. Got Talent Runners-up), Jeremy Quickfall (famous Idols musical director), Shaun and Cindy (S.A. Idols runner up), Jacques G and Pieter Mohr are just a few of the many artistes who will ‘light up’ the town with music.

The Gordon’s Bay Art Group and guest artists from surrounding areas will participate display their works of ‘light and shade’ throughout the weekend at a magnificent art exhibition – paintings in oil, acrylic and water-colours as well as sculptures will be on display.

Trapeze artists, fire entertainment, hilarious clowns, hula hoop acts, acrobats, the amazing Man in the Bottle of the South African National Circus School will ‘de-light’ and enthral from 3-13 July and for all those extreme sports fans and water lovers, inflatable boat racers will brave the freezing cold and rough sea waters in a triangular race with 3 wave-by checkpoints at Harbour Island, the Point and the Old Harbour wall on the Saturday from 10h00.

The Farmer’s Food-a-Fare at Somerstrand College will be launched on Sat, 5th July from 10h00 – 16h00 with festivities, activities, food and fun all at a fair price! Animal lovers are encouraged to attend with their canine companions for a dog walk and show, while equine lovers will enjoy the entertaining horse show where horses will dance to music. The first Battle of the Bands youth talent, show sponsored by Coca Cola, will also take place!

On Sunday, 6 July from 11h00, ‘Gordon’s Bay for Jesus’ will be held at Carnival Park. This morning of praise and song, organised by local musician Edie Henn and her group, will include celebrity artist Kobus Muller.

For more information visit www. winterwonderland.co.za