Gordon's Bay Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland will light up Gordon’s Bay

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum, is once again providing assistance to ensure that the Winter Wonderland in Gordon’s Bay is a success this June.

The inaugural Winter Wonderland was held in July 2010, with the aim of attracting visitors to Gordon’s Bay in the hope that they would spread the word and return again. In doing so, businesses prosper, which in turn creates job opportunities and reduces poverty.

The City is sponsoring the connection of the light display – the Winter Wonderland’s biggest attraction, which will serve to make Gordon’s Bay a bright beacon of winter fun from 22 June – 22 July 2012.

The main event will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2012. Activities will be concentrated around the beachfront and will include arts and crafts stalls; boat trips; a merry-go-round; bungee jumping; face-painting; volley ball; kayaking; and a tug-of-war.

There will be a food tent housing various stalls, as well as a tent featuring musical performances by some of the area’s best local talent and a fundraiser for the Sylvia Plath Home.

Visitors can also take in organ performances; visit the ghost house; wander through the fairy forest; take the art route; and, of course, enjoy the charm of the town itself.

As the festivities are during the school holidays, everyone and anyone will be able to come and enjoy the various attractions.

“The Winter Wonderland initiative is a good example of a community reaching out and taking care of all of its members – including children, residents, businesses and those who can really use a helping hand. The Winter Wonderland will be an excellent place to enjoy those clear, cold winter days that Cape Town is so famous for,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.

The organisers of the Winter Wonderland festivities seek to create a healthy, compassionate and vibrant community as well as providing the tools to accomplish this. Winter Wonderland is, as yet, still in its infancy, but the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum envisages that the events will become an important tourist attraction.

“Bringing communities together and enabling residents to assist those who are less fortunate is central to the City’s vision of creating a Caring and Opportunity City. I am proud to be associated with this initiative of the City and the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum – working together to spread the word about the beauty and charm of Gordon’s Bay. Events of this nature in other parts of the city and Province have helped to generate good publicity leading to greater tourist numbers, job creation and greater prosperity for residents and I look forward to the Winter Wonderland creating similar benefits for Gordon’s Bay and its residents,” said the Chairperson of the Helderberg Sub-Council (8), Councillor Stuart Pringle.

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