Spotlight on Father Christmas who will visit iconic Taalmonument during the full moon
Experience the cosmic show with a delicious picnic in the breathtaking scenery

To relieve some of the pressure on him, Father Christmas has decided to hand out some gifts in advance at the annual Father Christmas Full Moon Picnic at the Taalmonument on Saturday, 22 December 2018 – an evening also in aid of a good cause.

The picnics on Paarl Mountain are very popular with local residents and overseas visitors, who particularly enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes of the valleys, mountains and peninsula. Visitors can picnic between 17:00 and 22:00. A free guided tour that explains the symbolism of the Afrikaans language monument, an exceptional sculpture, is offered at 18:30. Visitors are encouraged to explore, and there are outdoor games and playgrounds for children. 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 (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, light refreshments and pizza. Please dress warmly and bring a torch.

The evenings are held in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Taalmuseum’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 and R5 for children (free under six years). They are available from Computicket or at the gate; no booking is required. Annual permits are available at the language monument at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all the Full Moon Picnics.

For more information about all the other exciting events at the Taalmonument, call 021 863 0543/4809, visit or follow them on Facebook. The next Full Moon Picnics take place on 19 January 2019, 22 February and 22 March.