There are also lights in the shape of animals and coloured lights back lighting the vegetation. All and all it is a spot well worth visiting during the summer season when there are lots of other families strolling through. Some people have safety concerns about the valley, but we found that there were lots of people strolling through on the Saturday night we went and adequate security personnel patrolling. Next December I'm sure we will be making our yearly journey to Happy Valley again and the kids will get all excited all over again. I can't wait... and that's not a sarcastic statement.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Situated on Port Elizabeth's main beachfront just across (or under, depending which way you choose to take) the road from Humewood Beach is a wonderland of kiddies characters and lights.
Happy Valley is situated in a natural valley through which the Shark River flows. Nothing more than just a little artificial stream these days, it used to be the main water supply for early Port Elizabeth. During the summer months Happy Valley is lit up with coloured lights and children's characters and has been for years. It is a very popular attraction for both young and old, locals and visitors, and doesn't cost anything to visit.
The walkway up the valley is so enclosed with vegetation that it is hard to imagine that you are anywhere other than a fairytale land, not to mention a city. We try to go every year and this year both Chaos Boy and Drama Princess had a ball naming all the characters on show.
The characters range from Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan to Shrek and Harry Potter. In between you'll find leprechauns, three blind mice and Superman and many others.