The holidays are around the corner! Can you believe it?

2018 flew by… but I’m not complaining because Christmas is my favourite time of the year!

Many people assume that Gauteng is a graveyard during the December holidays but that’s not true… We have a lot going on especially when it comes to events for the entire family!

Events you don’t want to miss in Gauteng this December Holidays:

1. Beach Festival at Silverstar Casino


Till Saturday, 22 December 2016

Time: 10h00 – 22h00
Venue: The Square
Tickets: Free Entry

Get ready for sand, sun and plenty of fun at the Silverstar Beach Festival from 8 to 22 December 2016, with delicious seafood, cocktails and beach activities perfect for the holiday season!

It’s not every day that Joburg residents can enjoy the carefree beach feeling – soft sand between your toes, an excuse to wear a bikini in public, sipping cocktails while relaxing in the sun…. but for a few special days this December, you can do just that as Silverstar Square is transformed into a tropical beach playground, with children’s activities by day and a beach paradise for adults by night.

Daytime kiddies activities

  • Sand castle building competitions
  • Tug of war competitions
  • Hoola hoop competitions
  • Ice-cream eating competitions
  • Inflatable waterslide
  • Face painting
    • All beach activities to be run, managed & co-ordinated by child minders

Evening activities

  • Beach bar – serving alcoholic & non-alcoholic slush
  • Calypso bands & DJ
  • Limbo competitions
  • Fire poi

As part of the Beach Festival, a range of seafood specials will be on offer from restaurants on the Square, with Billy G doing a seafood paella, Publicity doing prawn baskets, seafood pizza from Vigour & Verve, as well as calamari, fish and chips, and more of your favourites. A beach bar will be available throughout the day and evening offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic slush.

2. Garden Of Lights – Emperors Palace

emperors palace

Gauteng’s biggest Christmas festive celebration is back! Garden of Lights is an epic celebration of all things Christmas. It’s a winter wonderland, light extravaganza and yuletide adventure all rolled into one. Packed with festive fun activities for the whole family, you’ll be spellbound and filled with the spirit to mingle and jingle. All in the picturesque gardens at Emperors Palace’s 5-star D’oreale Grande hotel.

Open daily from 19h00 – 22h00
(Weather Dependent and tickets sold by time slot, at half-hour intervals and are subject to availability)

R25 per person*
Festive Family Package – R100 for a family of 5
Proceeds go to charity.


3. Holiday Fun at Joburg Zoo

December holidays 4. Montecasino Piazza Music Vibes

Gather your family and friends and head to Montecasino for the coolest ending to the year, with Montecasino’s Piazza Music Vibes ( Get into the holiday spirit, vibe to the tunes of Majozi, Watershed, Monark, LLoyd Cele, Lady Zamar and Mi Casa when they take to the stage, at Montecasino’s beautiful Piazza. Your summer sunset should be enjoyed at Montecasino from 21 and 29 December.

‘Piazza Music Vibes’ features six well-known South African bands at the giveaway price of only R50 per person per concert.

The line-up features Majozi on 21 December, Watershed on 22nd, Mi Casa on 23rd; Monark on 27th, Lloyd Cele on 28th, and Lady Zamar on 29th.

Gates open at 5 pm, with DJs playing from 5 to 6.30pm and the band taking centre stage from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Food and beverage will be available, and guests can use their ticket stubs to redeem R30 in free play casino vouchers from the Montecasino’s Guest Relations desk.

Tickets are available from the Montecasino Box Office or

5. Gold Reef City Theme Park – Netflix Activation


This December Holiday we invite you to bring your children along to the Running family experience.

Come along to discover whether you and the family have what it takes to be part of Mowgli’s pack.

Date: Until 24th December 2018

This is an open invitation to visit the obstacle course at any time between 10 am and 5 pm.

6. The Nutcracker Winter Circus at Sandton City

Everyone has been talking about this musical so it is definitely a must see!

Date: Till 06 January 2019

Show Times: 10h30 ;12h30: 15h30 :18h00.
Tickets available at Ticketpro for R15 and R20 at the door.

I highly suggest you buy your ticket online –

7. Melrose Arch Lights

Till Dec 24 2018

Entrance is free.

8. Walter Sisulu Picnic & Market under the STARS

Date: 22 December 2018

Ticket prices: Adults R80, Scholars R40 and Kids under 6 are free.

More info here.

9. Carols On The Square

Date: 23 December 2018

Venue: Nelson Mandela Square

Starts at 5 pm.

10. Billions Bubble Show

Bring the whole family to watch this breathtakingly beautiful bubble magic show!

The Billions Bubble Show is true family entertainment! The show involves spectacular displays of lights, lasers, smoke and bubbles thousands of tiny bubbles and enormous ones, bubbles within bubbles, as well as bouncing, floating and mega bubbles, to name a few.

This 80-minute show will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end!

Children 3 and under are FREE and will have to sit on their parents’ laps.

Duration: 80 minutes, with 15 minutes interval.

Parking: Pay at venue parking available at R20.00 per car.

Bubble Wubble Play Area
On show days, between 09h00 and 18h00, kids can come and experience the magic and make their own giant bubbles. Each session is 20 minutes long and costs R60 per child.

Date: 21 December 2018

Venue: Sun Arena | Time Square

Price: R120 per ticket

Book here.

11. Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella

Until 23 December 2018

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Venue: Teatro


Wednesday and Thursday: 15h00
Friday: 19h30
Saturday: 15h00
Sunday: 14h00
Tickets: R150 – R450

More info here.

12. A Christmas Carol – Montecasino

Date: Until 07 January 2019

Venue: Studio Theatre At Montecasino – Pieter Toeriens Theatre

Price: Between R130 to R180.

More info here.

13. The Grinch movie

In cinemas countrywide.

14. Mall of Africa Beach Festival

15. The boy who cried Ninja

In the show, Tim witnesses some strange happenings around his house, but no one believes his explanations. In fact, no matter what Tim says, his parents just punish him with chores. To save himself, he hatches a clever plan to expose the truth. Will it work, or will Tim have to spend the rest of his life raking the yard?

Bubbling with and humour from start to finish will have children and parents laughing out loud.

This magical show directed and adapted by JENINE COLLOCOTT is the perfect show for kiddies aged between 4 and 10 years old.

16. The Adventure Park – Cradlestone Mall


In cinemas countrywide.

When one of Santa’s reindeer suddenly announces his retirement, he needs to find a replacement and fast! Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend Hazel set out to prove that he is the horse for the job. As Elliot and Hazel take on the North Pole reindeer try-outs, Hazel learns that Christmas as we know it may be headed for disaster. Meanwhile, back at the farm a potential new owner has plans that threaten the lives of their friends. Elliot is faced with the biggest decision of his life: save his friends, or follow his dreams and save Christmas. Maybe he doesn’t have to choose; after all, big dreamers dream big!

So much to do… and so little time! 😉

What are you planning for the holidays?

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