Siya Kolisi to switch Cape Town into festive mode with famous Moet Christmas tree

22 November 2019 - 10:43 By Unathi Nkanjeni
Siya Kolisi will light up the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree in Cape Town on November 29.
Siya Kolisi will light up the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree in Cape Town on November 29.
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To usher the Mother City into the festive season, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi will this year be given the honour of flicking the famous Moët & Chandon Golden Tree’s switch and declare the festive season officially open.

Kolisi will be at the helm of the event in honour of the Springbok Rugby team’s epic World Cup 2019 victory.

Rapper and TV personality Boity Thulo, singer and TV personality Katleho Sinivasan and members of the Springbok team will also be in attendance.

The ceremony takes place on Friday, November 29, at the V & Waterfront Silo District from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

“The Moët & Chandon Golden Tree has become a symbol of festive celebration and marks the opening of the holiday season in SA.

“Moët & Chandon Impérial also celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and the Springboks have brought the World Cup Rugby trophy home — there are so many reasons to join us and celebrate!” said Moët Hennessy MD Africa and Middle East, Pascal Asin in a statement.

Now in its third year, the golden tree is built with more than 2,000 recycled champagne bottles and is four storeys high.

The tree is wrapped in a shimmering gold ribbon created using more than 2,000 discs.

Capetonians and visitors alike can expect an unforgettable lighting display to themed festive music, with 230m of dazzling LED lights programmed to illuminate in time with the music.

The ceremony will also see performances by opera singers Given Nkosi and Magdalene Minnaar, who opened the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as the Cape Town Youth Choir.

And this year, for those who might miss the opening ceremony, Moët & Chandon said it has organised an additional three festive Fridays that will take place on December 6, 13 and 20, which will include a lighting experience.

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