Moët & Chandon lights up Cape Town this festive season. Picture: Daniel Saaiman
As the countdown to the festive season begins, it's worth celebrating one of the season’s most iconic symbols: the Christmas tree. 

And while cities from Belgium to Brazil are famous for constructing trees made from porcelain to those that float, few are more awe-inspiring than Cape Town’s grand Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, created entirely from champagne bottles. 

Capetonians and visitors alike are invited to open the festive season at this year’s Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony – taking place tonight 7pm at Silo 7, adjacent to the Radisson Red at the V&A Waterfront Silo District.  

The evening includes performances by the acclaimed South African Youth Choir and the Cape Town City Ballet and is open to the public at no cost. 

Sitting at an impressive four-storeys high and built with over 1800 recycled champagne bottles collected from all over South Africa, the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is wrapped in a shimmering gold ribbon created using over 2000 discs.

Once the sun sets, visitors can look forward to an impressive lighting display, with the 230 metres of LED lights individually programmed to illuminate in sync with themed festive music that most attendees will most definitely recognise!

This year Moët & Chandon have also created the ‘Moët Music Box’ which will allow visitors the opportunity to personally interact with the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree – by simply turning the music box lever they’ll activate a magical 40-second lighting show, bringing the tree to life. 

So gather friends and family and make your way down to the Silo district and ring in the festive season in style! 

The Moët Golden Tree will be situated in the Silo District until Sunday 6 January.