Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive-Through – A First for Durban
Admittedly, the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.
The team that brings you KwaZulu-Natal’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy a walk in event due to capacity restrictions, being aged, vulnerable or immuno-compromised. To help, they called on Durban’s ‘king of lighting’ Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting and between them they hatched a plan, that promises to bring joy to young and old alike.
“Reminiscent of days of yester-year many Durbanites have fond memories of viewing holiday lights from their cars, driving though the main streets of Durban,” says Nevon Singh. “We’ve designed Candy Cane Lane to evoke those same feelings of awe and wonder. It’s an immersive drive-through lighting experience, that’s been designed to transport visitors into a festive wonderland of lights, festive characters and selfie opportunities, all in the comfort of your own vehicle.”
“This is a first for Durban and we’re thrilled that The Pavilion Shopping Centre could bring this event to local audiences this year,” says Julie-Anne Zuma, Marketing Manager for The Pavilion. “Similar events around the country have sold out soon after bookings opened and we’re expecting a similar reaction. We encourage early booking to avoid disappointment.”
Candy Cane Lane will feature just under a kilometre of lights and activations, as well as KwaZulu-Natal’s tallest and brightest Christmas tree, standing at almost 10m tall.
The Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive Through Experience is being held on the rooftop (Parking D & E) of The Pavilion Shopping Centre from 8 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 (closed on Christmas Day) from 18h30 – 21h30 each night. A fully contactless experience a number of COVID-19 protocols have been implemented to make the encounter comfortable and safe at the same time. These include, timed slot entries to prevent overcrowding or traffic jams; the scanning of tickets through the vehicle’s window and sanitising stations at key points along the route.
Tickets are R199 per vehicle and are available online on http://www.howler.co.za/candycane2021.
Due to traffic and space limitations, limited tickets will be sold at the gate each night, but entry is not guaranteed without pre-booked tickets. #CANDYCANELANESA
FAQ’s ABOUT CANDY CANE LANE:
WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS TO CANDY CANE LANE?
Tickets are available online at www.howler.co.za/candycanelane2021, once booked
you can make payment online or at any of the following stores:
Checkers, Pep, Pick n Pay, Shoprite.
Ticket prices are as follows:
R199 per vehicle
Limited tickets will be sold at the gate on event nights.
Please note that Howler are the ONLY official retailers of Candy Cane Lane tickets.
We cannot confirm the validity of tickets purchased via third party resellers.
HOW DO THE TIME SLOTS WORK?
Your purchased time slot ticket is the earliest time you are able to enter the Candy Cane Lane venue. This is done to ensure that our guests have a magical experience and to avoid overcrowding when entering.
Although you are not able to enter Candy Cane Lane prior to your allocated time slot, if you are running a little bit behind, you will still be able to enter once your arrival window has past. Please arrive and be patient, we will weave you in as space allows.
WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED?
4-12 seater passenger vehicles are allowed. No commercial mini buses/taxis, buses or motorcycles are allowed. Parking lot restrictions around weight and height of vehicles apply.
CAN GUESTS SIT IN THE BACK OF AN OPEN BAKKIE?
No, for safety reasons guests are not allowed to sit in the back of an open bakkie.
Please also refrain from hanging out of sunroofs due to overhead structures.
All vehicles are required to follow South African Road Safety Rules.
MAY I USE MY TICKETS ON ANY NIGHT OF CANDY CANE LANE?
No, please attend on the date you purchased the tickets for.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON THE NIGHT I PURCHASED TICKETS FOR?
Due to being a drive-through, this event will remain open rain or shine. We promise our lights shine brighter in the rain.
HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE THROUGH EXPERIENCE?
The drive through experience is around 10 minutes long however, visitors can go around the lane as many times as they wish within their allocated time slot before the next batch of cars arrive.
IS THERE PARKING?
No, Candy Cane Lane is a drive-through experience, so no parking is provided.
You may park outside of the event space should you want to visit the Pavilion after you have seen the lights.
CAN I PURCHASE FOOD AT CANDY CANE LANE?
There are no food vendors based within the event space however you are most welcome to visit the Pavilion Shopping Centre before/after you have seen the lights. The Pavilion Shopping Centre has a variety of entertainment, food and shopping options available.
ARE PETS ALLOWED AT CANDY CANE LANE?
Yes, but pets must remain in your vehicle at all times.
WHAT IS PROHIBITED AT THE EVENT?
Alcohol, marijuana, firearms, or weapons of any kind are prohibited from the event.
WILL PHOTOGRAPHY BE ALLOWED?
Candy Cane Lane welcomes photographers who capture and film their experience on cameras and smart phones for personal use and sharing via social media. Please note that you must remain in your vehicle and not obstruct other vehicles. Stopping is only allowed in predefined areas as indicated by the Marshalls on duty. Please use the hashtag #CANDYCANELANESA