Festivals and Events in the Garden Route over the Festive Season
We are heading into the festive season, time to take some time off, spend some quality time with family and friends and a popular holiday destination to do this in is the Garden Route, with many towns and interesting sites to explore.
I thought I’d give you a bit of a head start on your holiday plans and let you know which festivals and events are taking place over the festive season along the Garden Route. For starters, the Summer Sun Festival happens in Mossel Bay and runs from Tuesday 8 December right into the second week of 2010 (8 January 2010). It’s time to sizzle with summer and the Diaz Strand Hotel during this jam packed festival …
Expect non-stop entertainment on both inside and outside stages, including the ‘Life is a Highway Beach’ band, the SAB beer tent and loads more stalls. Prizes from Billabong, Rip Curl, Coca Cola, Die Burger and more are up for grabs for competitions ranging from a baby competition, Mr Strongman, Mr & Miss Sand Pebble, Miss Bikini, Mr Hunk with the top trophy going to Miss Diaz (final will be on 26 December 2009).
The Rob Louw Springbok Invitational team will be back in action on Monday 28 December 2009 to defend their title in the SPAR Hot Summer of Touch tournament. There are also a number of popular South African Artists who will be performing. And don’t forget about the “dawn of 2010 New Years ball” to welcome in the new year. If you’d like some more information then give Mimi Finestone a call on +27 (0)84 583-3144.
If you need to get in a that last bit of Christmas shopping for the unexpected guest or you just haven’t had time to get to the shops yet, then the Mossel Bay Christmas Market from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 December 2009 is your answer. Find unique handmade, farmed and baked gifts which will all be a fabulous addition to a Christmas stocking. Also on sale will be other stocking stuffers such as paintings, jewellery, beaded gifts, clothing and much more. The markets will be held at the Mossel Bay South NG Church Hall, which is the corner of 15th and 17th Avenues or you can contact Cecile on +27 (0)82 224-3865 for more information.
How about spending your time just before Christmas day at the Herolds Bay Beach Festival, held on 23 December 2009 on the Herolds Bay beach? This festival has now been running for many years and you will find lots to do here. Take part in any number of their sporting activities, touch rugby, surfing, flag sprinting and more.
Children’s competitions, promotions and an after party or if you are really feeling beach ready and body confident why not enter the Miss Bikini pageant? For more information you can contact Terra Firma Events on +27 (0)44 874-2015.
Plettenberg Bay is host to the annual Kurland International Polo Test on Tuesday 29 December. The polo season begins in December and runs until April attracting a number of international patrons, professionals and those who just love the game. This test is a head to head between South Africa and England and is heading towards being rated one of the top test matches in the polo world. For more information on how to attend this test contact Clive Peddle on +27 (0)44 534-8786.
These are only a few of the events happening along the Garden Route. If you are heading up that way over this festive season let us know how you’ll be spending your time by posting your comments below.