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Carols by Candlelight: Enjoy a fairy-tale Christmas at the Durban Botanic Gardens

Are you dreaming of a “Star Lit” Christmas? The Old Mutual Music at the Lake outdoor entertainment series promises to immerse you in a starlight wonderland this Christmas.

As soon as the sun goes down on Saturday, 3 December 2016, the lawns of the Durban Botanic Gardens will be transformed into an open air cinema for the screening of Disney’s “Santa Clause 2”.

Completing the magical family experience will be a massive illuminated baobab Christmas tree as well as a twilight market with all the delectable treats associated with this special time of the year.

Carols by Candlelight has been part of Old Mutual’s festive tradition for many years and we are excited to present a new magical cinema experience this year. We look forward to once again bringing friends and families together and providing them with a great experience in exquisite natural surroundings,” says Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma. “There’s no doubt that creating special memories is a great investment for families to make!”

Our Christmas Market will add to the magic and wonder of the festive atmosphere at the gardens, with over 40 stalls selling a variety of gifts, decorations as well as edible treats like as freshly made popcorn, mouth-watering mince pies and a range of hot and cold drinks.

Kids will be well entertained with a dedicated kiddies area and the opportunity to whisper their wish list in Santa’s ear.

Early bird price: R90. On-the-day price: R100.
R40 for kids aged 8 – 12 years. Under 8 free.

Available from Webtickets or the Information Office at the Gardens.


Gates open: 17h00
Movie starts: 19h00
Gates close: 21h00

Kids are welcome to enjoy some fun & games at Kidzone.
Picnic blankets, picnic baskets, cooler boxes and camp chairs are allowed into the garden.

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We have x5 double tickets to give away. To enter, simply drop us a comment below, telling us what your favourite Christmas carol is.

Winners will be drawn on 30 November 2016.

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  1. Louise Damons Mitchell

    18 Nov 2016 at 8:22 am

    Santa Claus is coming to town is my favourite, singing with my twin girls, they love it! Would love to take them to this event! Keeping my fingers crossed!!!!!

  2. Priscilla Burkinshaw Boscombe

    18 Nov 2016 at 8:37 am

    Silent night. Love it 💟💟💟💟

  3. Renuka Lallbahadur

    18 Nov 2016 at 8:57 am

    Love jingle bells.

  4. GAMuk

    18 Nov 2016 at 9:09 am

    Silent night

  5. Randal Naidoo

    18 Nov 2016 at 10:11 am

    Silent Night

  6. Jessey Pan

    18 Nov 2016 at 11:02 am

    Jingle bell rock! 😆😆

  7. Elke van Dyk

    18 Nov 2016 at 11:09 am

    O Holy Night – (as sung by JEWEL)

  8. Shenaide Jinnien Premraj

    18 Nov 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Silent night
    Little drummer boy

    Please pick me .have being dying to go for carols by candelnight for years now

  9. Lizeldi Baars

    18 Nov 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Rudolf the red nose reindeer had a very shiny nose… #lovechristmas #lovemusic

  10. Kirsten Rencken Dyssell

    18 Nov 2016 at 1:42 pm

    O Holy Night

  11. Tracey Daniel Vieira

    18 Nov 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Definitely “O Holy night” sung by Mariah Carey!

  12. Michelle McDonald

    20 Nov 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Silent Night

  13. Bruce McIlwraith

    30 Nov 2016 at 4:16 pm

    “Oh Come all ye Faithful”

  14. Raeesa Innoos

    2 Dec 2016 at 8:05 am

    Jingle bell rock!

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Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.

July 2021

– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.


Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.

Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021

Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day. 

Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box.  Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00.  A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up. 

From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person. 

On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar.  Cost is R590.00 per person.

One of Durban’s most respected Cocktail Mixologists, Haroon Haffajee brings his innovative magic to the Wonderful World of Whisky at The Oyster Box on Wednesday 14 July 2021.  Drinks in the Oyster Bar on arrival at 18h00, with dinner in The Grill Room from 18h30.  The four-course sensory experience will feature whiskies from the Diageo World Class portfolio, paired with Haroon’s inimitable style, at R690.00 per person.

Finally…a chance to celebrate the Festive Season that wasn’t!! Join us for a traditional Christmas in July lunch on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the Ocean Terrace from 12h00-15h00.  With live music by Leon, a visit from Santa and entertainment for kiddies, you’re in for a fun time. Adults are R690.00 per person and R350.00 for Kids under 12 years.

The monthly Wine Wednesday food and wine evenings are back, with different South African wine estates hosting the monthly dinner, in conjunction with Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Brigade. The evening kicks-off at 18h00 in The Oyster Bar with canapes (first course) and a welcome drink at individual tables.  Guests move to The Grill Room at 18h30 for dinner, with an explanation from the Chef about the Menu and comments from the Farm representative on the various pairings, throughout the evening. Wines from the featured estate will be available to order on the evening.

July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.



* High Tea in The Palm Court – Inspired by the hotel’s original architecture and with chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, High Tea at The Oyster Box is a lengthy, leisurely affair.  Live piano music provides the perfect backdrop to tea. High Tea is served daily at the following times: Mondays – Fridays from 14h30 – 17h00. Saturdays and Sundays, 12h00-14h00 & 15h00-17h00. Cost is R390.00 per person. 

* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.

*The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace – Continues to attract fans from far and wide.  Set in the Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs…each curry is a masterpiece in itself.  The Curry Buffet is open for lunch and dinner from 12h00-20h30 at R390.00 per person.

Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime. 

Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential.  Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.


For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on


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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy




Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our adored Old Town Italy stores 🎂

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco 🥂
This class includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

See upcoming dates below:

5 June – Marble Buttercream
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October
6 November
4 December

Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store

Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info: | 031 566 5008
Book here

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Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino



Old Town Italy’s monthly wine & dinner pairing will be happening on 27 May 2021 in conjunction with Morgenster wine farm.

Indulge in their 4-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the Morgenster wine farm, located in Stellenbosch and of Italian origin 🍷

The evening begins promptly at 6pm.
Prepare to be taken on a culinary journey, guided by a guest speaker from the wine farm as well as live entertainment to compliment your dining experience 🎶

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹
Bookings are essential.

Book your spot now! | 031 566 5008
Book here.

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