Taalmonument shares the spirit of giving with puppets, balloons and gifts

To relieve the pressure on him, Father Christmas has decided to hand out a few presents in advance during a picnic at the beautiful Afrikaans Language Monument on Saturday, 19 December 2020 – an evening also in aid of a good cause.

The enjoyable programme will kick off at 17:00 with the puppet show ‘Hentie and the Christmas Crisis’ by Henties after which Mendl Lategan will entertain the children with balloon sculpturing. Around 19:00 Father Christmas will arrive and hand out presents before the sun goes down, after which the parents and children can continue enjoying a relaxed picnic until 22:00.

These picnics on Paarl Mountain are very popular with locals and visitors alike, who especially enjoy the sunset and beautiful night views of the valleys, mountains and peninsula. Guests are encouraged to explore the area and there are outdoor games and playgrounds for the children. The picnic series is also held in aid of ‘Let us Read!’, the monument’s literacy project for children, and guests are encouraged to donate a new or second-hand children’s book in support of it.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or order one in advance at the Oppi Berg Mobile Café on 060 382 9938 (R250 per couple, R450 per family of four). The kiosk will also be open for other food and drink. Remember warm clothing and bring a flashlight as well as a mask. See www.taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols. Ample, safe parking is available

Admission is only R40 per adult, R10 per pensioner/student and free for children under 18 years. Tickets are available at Computicket and, if there are any left, at the gate on the day itself from 16:00. The performances start at 17:00 and Santa should make his appearance at 19:00 to hand out presents, so parents must please deliver their children’s clearly marked gifts by 18:00 in his Christmas stocking in the Visitor Centre. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family (currently offered at a 20%-discount), which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.

For more information about all the other exciting events at the Taalmonument (which is celebrating 45 years), call 021 863 0543/4809, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook.