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NNot planning on leaving the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of Joburg life this December? Don’t worry, we have you covered with some great activities to enjoy with friends, family or even on your own. Jozi is a city worth exploring, and as it quietens down over Christmas it becomes a fantastic time to do just that.
Here are a couple of things you can get up to this festive season…
From the 1st to the 23rd, as well as on Christmas Eve, Sandton City extends their hours so you can enjoy your festive shopping and linger a little longer. Nelson Mandela Square has plenty of activities for kids to enjoy, so take them to meet Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him, enjoy a ride on the Hamley’s Train, see Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine or come marvel at a spectacular LEGO® Event.
Come feel the music, free your mind, and enjoy an awesome line-up of emerging talents. For 13 years this festival has been defining culture in the music world and is generally held in the city of gold on the 30th till the 31st of December. This music festival brings together a host of talented local and international musical artists in their first ever Johannesburg adventure. Mixing home-grown and global talent from the worlds of music, art, culture, food and style there will be plenty of entertainment for everyone.
Get your tickets to this awesome party festival which takes place at Constitution Hill. Tickets generally cost between R400 and R900 per person
The Joburg Cocktail Festival celebrates everything we love about cocktails, and what’s not to love? This day promises to be filled with plenty of cocktail sampling, featuring some unique and familiar spirits from some of the most innovative cocktail chefs in the city. Local bar pop-ups, master classes, a chocolate den, a fashion experience and even a man cave for the gents to unwind will all be on offer when you want to take a break from cocktail drinking. This is the perfect way to spend your lazy Sunday afternoon.
The event is generally held in mid-December at The Sands. Tickets cost between R200 and R600 per person.
The Crafters Fair is held at The Red Roman Shed at Emperors Palace. Expect loads of artistic exhibitors at this fun and exciting crafting event. You’ll find everything you need for your crafting hobbies, from scrapbooking goodies, jewellery and toys to decor items, gifts and much more. Live entertainment and The Garden of Lights will keep you entertained while you shop and explore this fun fair.
The Crafters Fair is generally held in mid-December.
Consider it a bird oasis in the urban jungle, and “the only bird park of its kind in Africa”. With over 100 unique and exotic bird species, reptiles, and small animals that range from pelicans and flamingos to iguanas and antelope. Get an eye-full of these magnificent creatures from the elevated wooden walkways overlooking the aviaries or take a leisurely stroll through the amazing gardens that boast “the largest, most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world”. After some exploring, settle down for lunch at the Flamingo Café and appreciate the sights and sounds around you.
Did You Know? There are over 500 plants from 37 species in the gardens, including the middelburgensis plant, which is said to be one of the oldest surviving plants
There is no reason for you to spend this December alone when plenty of entertainment can be found all around Johannesburg, all you have to do is take a Sho’t Left and have a memorable festive time.