Volmaanpiekniek met vader kersfees Taalmonument 2017

Father Christmas to visit iconic Language Monument on full moon

The end of the year may still be far off, but children who can no longer hold out to meet Father Christmas or Santa Claus can experience an early Christmas on Friday, 1 December 2017, during the Father Christmas Full Moon picnic at the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl.

These picnics are very popular with local residents and overseas visitors, who especially enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes. Visitors can join us between 17:00 and 22:00, but a free guided tour that explains among other things the symbolism of the monument, which is an exceptional sculpture, is offered at 18:30. Father Christmas should make his appearance by 19:00, therefore parents should bring their children’s clearly marked gifts to the Visitor Centre beforehand to be included in his bag.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or pre-order one (at R300 for two people, or R400 with a basket included) at the Volksmond Coffee Shop on 021 863 2800. Volksmond will be open for coffee and light refreshments. Please dress warmly and bring a torch.

These picnics are held in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Language Museum’s reading project for children, and visitors are encouraged to donate a new or second-hand children’s book.

Tickets are R30 per adult, R10 for SA students/pensioners and R5 for children (under six years enter for free). They are available from Computicket or at the gate, and no booking is required. Annual permits are available at the Language monument at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to Full Moon Picnics. For more information about events, concerts and courses at the Language Monument, call 021 863 0543/4809, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow us on Facebook.

The next Full Moon Picnics take place on 2 January 2018, 2 February and 2 March.

The Afrikaans Language Monument: culture, nature and pleasure. And playing an uplifting role in the community sphere.

{Saying of the day: ‘Elke dassie prys sy kwassie’ (literally ‘Every rock rabbit praises its own tail’), meaning self-love loves itself best or ‘Every cook praises its own broth’}