Always a crowd favourite, the annual al-fresco uMhlanga Carols under the Stars, takes place at the Granada Square in uMhlanga Rocks on Thursday 20 December from 6 pm in the courtyard of the favourite shopping and dining destinations on the uMhlanga Strip.
The evening has a strong charity focus – and carolers are invited to bring a toy that will be gifted to an under privileged-child co-ordinated by uMhlanga Rotary, supporting the theme of 2018: Its Cool to Care – with all aspects of the season aimed at caring for people and the planet.
This year special guests include the wonderful Haylea Hounsom Heyns who will be singing her new Christmas song: Feels Like Christmas, produced and arranged by Evan Roberts, which has been launched on digital platforms for the festive season – an old-school Hollywood style song with brass instruments.
Sharing the stage will be busy and community-spirited local song bird, Fazyln Naidoo; Shelley McLean’s Cowan House Carolers from Hilton; mentor, performer and teacher, Tory du Plessis and her Cherry Blossom Studio Singers and Dancers form nearby Durban North; and Mikey Mthaba AKA “The Human Voice Machine”.
Chairman of the uMhlanga Tourism Committee, Peter Rose said, “Being a part of a Carols Concert always is an uplifting way to start the festive season.” Rose urged, “We ask that everyone attending the carols, please bring a gift that will be donated to children less fortunate at Christmas time. This year, although many of the season events are formally free of charge, we encourage visitors and participants to please bring along a gift suitable to give to an underprivileged child for Christmas. Collection points are the Millennium Stage during the festival and at the Carols Under the Stars event. Our hard-working team at the uMhlanga Rotary have identified homes where the gifts will go to, hopefully adding some joy to their young lives.”
Getting the festive cheer rolling, the audience is invited to sing along to the ol’ favourites like Away in a Manger; Joy to the World; Silent Night; Once in Royal David’s City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Father Christmas will be arriving in style riding on the back of a shiny Harley Davidson.
The event is free to attend and starts at 6 pm with a session of Christmas crafting which is open to all young craft Christmas elves who love to get involved in making crackers and other Christmas goodies.
The concert will be from 6pm until 7.30pm
For more info please visit www.umhlangatourism.co.za or like the uMhlanga Tourism Facebook page.