Festive Lights: highlights

Table Mountain officially became one of the New7Wonders of Nature early on Sunday morning, but it was not until Sunday evening that the real partying began!

The City of Cape Town hosted the Festive Lights celebration, which saw more than 80 000 people take to the streets of the Mother City to witness the famous switch-on of the decorative lights. This year, in addition to the traditional light crossings over Adderley Street, motifs were installed down Darling Street, and a new Christmas tree also stands tall at the Grand Parade.

The parade that followed the switch-on made its way through the crowded streets, with thousands of Capetonians cheering on the floats. Table Mountain featured prominently in the parade – a giant, rotating float in the shape of the mountain was a big hit. Following swiftly behind it was an open-topped City Sightseeing bus, where delegates from the New7Wonders Foundation and the other New7Wonders of Nature sites donned carnival masks and celebrated Table Mountain’s inauguration in style!

Watch the video here:

Here are some of the other highlights of the evening:

New7Wonders Founder-President Bernard Weber (left) and Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, as seen on the big screen TV, unveiling the Table Mountain plaque

New7Wonders delegates wave to the crowd from the open-top bus during the parade

The Table Mountain float makes its way through Cape Town's crowded streets

The Table Mountain float – a wonder in itself

Table Mountain-themed festive lights adorn Adderley Street

Even King Edward VII was in a festive mood on Sunday night

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