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Christmas Wonderland to dazzle Western Cape

Between 12 and 24 December, Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, which is set to be the first of its kind in South Africa. PHOTO: Supplied

Between 12 and 24 December, Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, which is set to be the first of its kind in South Africa. PHOTO: Supplied

Between 12 and 24 December, Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch will be transformed into an enchanting Christmas Wonderland with a European-style Christmas Village covered in snow, garlands, wreaths and bells. The wonderland, which is set to be the first of its kind in South Africa, will be built by professional set builders and will be illuminated with fairy-lights creating a fantasy atmosphere.

Annelize Oosthuizen, organiser of the event, says the Christmas Wonderland will boast a bustling Christmas market with stalls dedicated to the Christmas theme, as well as food stalls and an old-fashioned candy store.  She says the streets of the village will be littered with visual treats such as a traditional horse and carriage and beautiful vintage cars.

“Giant Snowman will welcome children to Santa’s Village covered in snow. In Santa’s Workshop, the children will be able make Christmas gifts and cards, at Santa’s Post Office they will have the chance to send Santa a letter and in Santa’s House, they will be able to chat with Santa and take a photo with him,” she says.

According to Oosthuizen, there will be a 20m tall Christmas tree with gifts under its branches for those less privileged. She says local children’s homes and old age homes will be invited for a special Christmas meal at the Christmas Wonderland and celebrities will also visit to hand out gifts to those less privileged, mingle with visitors and share the Christmas joy.

Oosthuizen adds that visitors will be able to enjoy Carols by Candlelight or a Christmas Nativity Play around the Christmas tree. She says children will also be able to visit the Reindeer Barn, enjoy the ice skating rink or visit the Elves’ Clubhouse to watch movies or enjoy music and dancing, while parents have a drink at Santa’s Pub.

“We aim to create a Christmas Wonderland where visitors can discover something new around every corner as they wonder through the village. The Christmas season and Western Cape is ready for something new and exciting and we hope this event will become an annual event that people from across South Africa plan their Christmas Holidays around,” says Oosthuizen.