Annual Festive Lights switch-on cancelled

The 50th Festive Lights on Sunday December 1.

The iconic annual Festive Lights Switch-on event has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The free, open air concert draws a crowd of approximately 100 000 people annually and sets the tone for Cape Town’s festive season.

The City of Cape Town says in light of the pandemic and the extension of the National Disaster Management Act restrictions on the number of people allowed at public gatherings, it was important to pause the event for the safety of all those who would be involved in the concert.

In a statement, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said: “We understand the disappointment that could arise from such a decision, however there is a silver lining.

The City is considering hosting several smaller events as part of the Cape Town CBD revitalisation programme, the first of which is set to take place at the Greenmarket Square this week. “

These events will be organised in line with the national lockdown restrictions and with the health and safety protocols in place.

The City will communicate with the public on the date and venues for the upcoming events.