10 Events to attend with Kids in Gauteng this December

1. Disney’s Dinosaur Activities – Killarney Mall

Date: 11 – 24 December 2015

Discover a new adventure! Create magic these holidays with Disney’s Good Dinosaur activities at Killarney Mall. Activities will take place from 10 am – 5:30 pm daily in the CNA court.

Visit the mall and see what surprises Disney has in store for you!

Source: http://www.killarneymall.co.za/

Killarney Mall

2. Garden of Lights – Emperors Palace

Date: 05 December – 3 January from 7pm – 10pm

The lights spectacle is a charming wonderland, light displays that will spread the holiday cheer and provide an unforgettable evening of fun and entertainment.

Entrance to the garden is free and everyone is welcome! In the event of overcast weather, please contact 011 928 1000 to enquire if the garden is open. Rides include Jump and Smile, Break Dancer, Freeway Fantasy, Helter Skelter and the all-time favourite, Ferris Wheel.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/860085317402701/

3. Christmas Village – Monte Casino

Dates: 4 – 13 December 2015

Shop for the perfect, handcrafted gift for family and friends, soak up the village atmosphere and sample traditional Christmas fare like hot roasted nuts, fruity Christmas cakes, mouth-watering biscuits, Gluwein and all the delectable tastes associated with this special time of the year. Kids will be entertained with movie screenings on the Piazza’s outdoor screen and the opportunity to whisper their wish list in Santa’s ear while Mom and Dad browse for gifts that will bring delight to the faces of loved ones.

Source: http://www.montecasino.co.za/whatson/Events/Pages/ChristmasVillage.aspx

Monte Casino

4. Holiday Fun – Menlyn Park

Various fun activities including Baking.

Date: 5 – 6 & 12 – 23 December 2015

Times: 11: 00, 13:00 and 15:00

Source: http://www.menlynpark.co.za/events.aspx

5. Hamleys Character Parade – Nelson Mandela Square

Date: 12 December 2015 at 12 pm.

The parade will feature a host of iconic Hamleys characters including; Hamley & Hattie Bear, Toy soldier, rag doll, Hamleys princess, Ringmaster and Pirates! They will kick off the celebrations, marching through the square handing out free flags and high fives, leading customers to the new Hamleys Toy Shop! The public is encouraged to dress up as their favourite character and stand in line to win amazing prizes!

For more information visit: http://www.hamleys.co.za


6. Brian Boswell`s Circus – Atlasville Boksburg

Date: 24 November – 16th December 2015

Great event for the entire family. The show includes jugglers, stunt horse riders, ponies, camels, tightrope walkers, acrobats, clowns and much more!

Source: http://www.boswell.co.za/tour-tickets

7. Paw Petrol and Lego Activation – Sandton City

Date: 4th December – 23rd December 2015

Three of the characters from Paw Petrol will be appearing in four shows a day, at 10h00, 13h00, 16h00 and 18h00, with meet-and-greet sessions at 11h00, 14h00 and 17h00. (On 24 December, the last show will be at 16h00 and there will be no meet-and-greet at 17h00.)

Lego fans will be kept busy with about 80 000 Lego bricks. There’ll also be Duplo Lego pit for younger children, as well as a Lego build kids can take part in, arts and crafts, face painting and more.

A snow globe in the Protea Court is also bound to enchant visitors to Sandton City. Customers will be able to stand behind the snow globe, have their photographs taken by a friend and it will appear as if the person is standing inside the snow globe. Santa Claus will also be back.

Source: http://www.sandtoncity.com

Paw Patrol

8. Barni Activation – The Zone, Rosebank

Date: 12 – 18 December 2015 and will be open daily from 10 am – 4 pm.

Step into a “giant pop-up book” themed play area, and explore a world of adventure and learning with Barni the Bear. Let your children, aged 3 – 7 years, explore Barni’s art, music and play areas, assisted by a team of friendly helpers.

Catch the Barni show on the hour every hour – a fun musical adventure with a life-sized Barni Bear. Finally, treat yourself and your little ones to a delicious Barni bear-shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre.



9. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr – People’s Theatre

Date: 02 – 24 December 2015

Take your little one for a journey under the sea with Sebastian, ‎Ursula ‪and Ariel.

Source: http://www.peoplestheatre.co.za

Little Mermaid

10. Holiday Fun – Joburg Zoo

Date: 14 – 15 & 17 – 18 December 2015

Range of fun activities including animal feeding.


Jhb ZooEvents you might like:

1. Randridge Mall Christmas Market

Randridge Mall will host its first ever Christmas Market on the rooftop parking area. More than 45 stalls will be up and running for all to enjoy. From Art, Crafts, delectable foods and so much will be on offer. Check the full programme for an action packed kids calendar including a talent competition, Meeting Santa and fun craft activities.

Source: www.facebook.com/RandridgeMallShoppingCentre

Randridge Mall Christmas Market

2. Christmas Photo Fun at Hamleys Greenstone

Date: 13 December  2015 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hamleys wants you to strike a pose and have your Christmas photo taken with the Hamleys elves or Hamley and Hattie bear. You will get a FREE photo to take home and remember the 2015 holidays when you visited Hamleys!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/HamleysSouthAfrica

3. Transformers at Hamleys Greenstone and Nelson Mandela Square.

Greenstone Mall: 16 December 2015 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

Nelson Mandela Square: 17 December 2015 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

Hamleys are bringing the Transformers time challenge to life!
The challenge is on and you need to convert your favourite transformer hero from autobot to vehicle mode as fast as you can! Time scores are kept and the quickest time of the day wins a Transformer prize! PLUS, meet Transformer Bumblebee himself!  Remember to post your pic and use the #HamleysSA

Additional Information: Hamleys customers should expect queues at all FREE evets held in their local Hamleys Toy Shop. Queues will be cut to ensure the event finishes at the time advertised. Hamleys standard Ts&Cs apply

Source: www.facebook.com/HamleysSouthAfrica

4. Star Wars at Hamleys Greenstone

Date: 17 December 2015 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

To celebrate the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Hamleys are bringing you a day of Star Wars fun! Come along and have your photograph taken in front of the Star Wars green screen!

Pose with your favourite characters and take home a FREE photograph to show all your friends! Make sure you come along in fancy dress so you look the part for your starring role!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/HamleysSouthAfrica

Star wars

5. Littlest Pet Shop Face Painting at Hamleys Nelson Mandela Square

Date: 19 December 2015 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

Have your face painted at Hamleys!

Choose a Littlest Pet Shop pet as inspiration and have your face painted to match your pet.

Learn more about all the Littlest Pet Shop characters and playsets! There will be special promotions on Littlest Pet Shop toys and a chance to meet Zoe Trent, doggie from LPS!
Coma & Play!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/HamleysSouthAfrica

6. A Christmas Festival with the Lipizzaners

Date: Till 23 December 2015

Venue: Lipizzaner Centre, Kyalami – Midrand, Gauteng

A wonderful outing for the whole family, including a visit from Father Christmas!

Source: Computicket

7. Sleeping Beauty at Johannesburg Theatre

Date: Till 30 December 2015

Source: www.joburgtheatre.com

8. Dainfern Square | Christmas Night Market

Dainfern Square Christmas Market

Source: www.facebook.com/DainfernSquare

9. Pop-up playground


Source: www.facebook.com/lifestyleonlocation

10.‘Fairy Dust’ – a family magic show

Date: Till 15 December 2015.

A Family Magic Show.

Source: www.radicalmagic.com

11. Swan Lake on Ice

Date: Till 10 January 2016

Performed in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage, to Tchaikovsky’s famous and well-loved score, this production of Swan Lake on Ice introduces a new prologue to the classic tale, humanising the legend of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The show features exhilarating new choreography and some of the world’s most stylish dancing on ice from Artistic Director Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice.

Source: www.montecasino.co.za/whatson

12. Winter Ice Holiday at the Glen Shopping Mall

Glen Shopping Mall

Source: The Glen Shopping Centre

13. Christmas weekend celebration at Brightwater Commons

Date: 11 December 2015 from 4pm till 13 December 2015 till 9pm.

This year Brightwater Commons promises to get all our visitors in the Christmas spirit by having a full weekend celebration!

Gather the family, bring a picnic blanket and celebrate Christmas with Brightwater.

Source: www.brightwatercommons.co.za

14. Skating ring at Cradlestone Mall

Cradlestone mall

Source: www.cradlestonemall.co.za

15. Kids Wonderland Workshop at Cradlestone Mall

Cradlestone mall

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  1. 2015-12-03 / 09:50

    Hi Shan, I just have to add The Glen has a winter Ice Holiday Program. Thank you so much for sharing all of these fantastic events. 🙂

    • 2015-12-04 / 09:13

      Thanks for letting me know. Sounds awesome. 😀

  2. 2015-12-11 / 21:00

    Wow super ideas, now my kids will not be bored in December as we are not going on holiday but will be in jhb through the festive season

    • 2015-12-15 / 22:30

      So glad I could help. You must take them to see the lights. 🙂

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