THE festive season kicked off in a big way at the weekend when Buffalo City Metro (BCM) officially switched on the Christmas lights at the Botanical Gardens in King William’s Town.
Thousands of people from various areas looked on in excitement as a kaleidoscope of colour was switched on, creating a carnival atmosphere.
The magical event was free to the public and characterised by fireworks, live stage performances and a wide variety of stalls.
BCM law enforcement officers and the event company’s security had their hands full to secure an incident-free evening as traffic piled up and revellers tried to gain entry by force without been searched.
They, however, succeeded in their quest as no incidents were reported.
Vendors Thozama Nkumanda, from Peelton and Nompendulo Ntsabo, from Mxaxo Location shared a stand and told the GO! reporter it was a first for both of them.
“We are friends and paid R100 for the stand. We are selling hotdogs, snacks, soft drinks and toys and are hoping to recover our expenditure as there are a lot of competition here,” Nkumanda said.
Nadia Arkell and Doneè Coetzee from Breidbach were in awe of the colourful lights and took some pictures of the beautifully lit-up trees.
“The lights are awesome and I don’t mind spending the entire evening here staring at these beautiful lights,” said Arkell.
Coetzee said: “The switching on of the lights every year is the event which gives me the festive feeling of Christmas being just around the corner.”