Events you don’t want to miss in Gauteng this December holidays!

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

2016 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. Beautiful Creatures – The Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace 

Beautiful Creatures show

Date: 8 – 18 December 2016


The musical tells the story of the shy and quiet Imvubu the Happiest Hippo and how he got to be so happy.  We join him on his journey of self-discovery as he befriends Mafutha the Elephant, learns dance steps from Tallulah the Tortoise and finds his “inner roar” with the help of Lucas the Lazy Lion. This popular South African children’s brand was created in 2004 by Alan Glass, Ed Jordan and Paul Choritz. 

Price: R85 per person.

Purchase at Computicket ( and various Computicket outlets.

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2. OREO Wonder-Selfie activation – The Zone at Rosebank


Date: 2 – 4 December 2016


Oreo fans will be able to get their hands on a one-of-a-kind Oreo Golden Selfie.

Back by popular demand, the larger than life ‘Wonder-Selfie machine’ will give fans the opportunity to go through the Oreo journey where, at the end of the rainbow, they will receive a digital print out of their face, impressed into the cream side of an image of an open OREO cookie. In addition to the previous Chocolate or Original flavour options, fans will now also get the chance to create their unique Oreo Golden Selfie, which they can also share with their friends on social media.

Price: Free

Time: 10h30 till 18h30 at the Food Court.

For more information, visit

3. Blu Blood Bollywood Experience – Sandton Convention Centre

blu blood

Date: 2 – 4 December 2016


The weekend kicks off with the Mela (taking place over the 3 days) – a shopper’s delight – featuring around 200 unique exhibitors with everything from fashion, jewellery, home appliances, décor, henna art, food, music, a kiddies entertainment centre, a full days’ entertainment stage with over two hundred local entertainers and so much more.

Price: Differs. Starting at R50 for entrance to Mela. To book, visit

4. Fantasy of Light – Mall of Africa

Mall of Africa

Date: 25 November – 24 December 2016


This festive spectacular offers a fun-filled, once in a lifetime experience for young and old. Guests will be amazed by a 70-minute show, transporting them to a gripping wonderland full of holiday cheer.

Price: Tickets can be booked through Computicket at R120 per adult entry, while kids under eighteen years of age and seniors will only pay R80.

For more information, visit

5. Seussical The Musical – Peoples Theatre, Joburg Theatre Complex.

30 Events you might want to attend in Gauteng this December

Date: 1 November – 24 December 2016


This fantastical, magical musical is fun for all ages and follows the adventures of Horton The Elephant and introduces all your favourite Dr Seuss characters such as The Cat In The Hat who spring’s to life onstage, after all nobody has forgotten Green Eggs and Ham!

Enjoy end of year festive fun with a great cast, sets, costumes and, of course, great doses of laughter!

Price: R135 per person.

For more information, visit

6. Beach Festival at Silverstar Casino


Date: 8 – 22 December 2016


Get ready for sand, sun and plenty of fun at the Silverstar Beach Festival. Delicious seafood, cocktails and beach activities perfect for the holiday season!

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.

Carols on the Beach:

An extra treat is planned for Friday 16 December 2016, where you can join the young talented children & teens from “Born to Perfom” as they lead you in sunset Christmas carols on the beach from 18h30 – 19h30.

Price: Free

For more information, visit

7. Festive factory – The Glen shopping mall

the glen


8. Holiday Carnival – Cradlestone Mall


9. Garden Of Lights – Emperors Palace

emperors palace

Date: 2 December – 8 January 2017


Step into a festive season wonderland at the spellbinding Garden of Lights, featuring dazzling lights and colourful Christmas characters, in the perfectly manicured gardens at the 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel, at Emperors Palace.
The lights spectacle is the perfect night out for families, complimented by a variety of exciting funfair rides.

Price: R25 per person.

For more information, visit

10. Holiday Fun – Rosebank Mall

rosebank mall

11. MamaMagic Baby Expo – Ticketpro Dome

mama magic expo

Date: 1 – 4 December 2016


Retail outlet Baby City and Toy Zone will have a pop-up store within the exhibition filled with all things baby and toys Children can shake the pram fatigue and enjoy play time in the Huggies and Lego Duplo play areas. Parents can capture special moments with the father of Christmas at Santa’s Grotto.  The exhibition also offers exclusive pregnancy and parenting talks by experienced and respected industry specialists at the Huggies Experts Lounge. The learning opportunities do not end there, BeSafe will also share imperative care safety tips from the experts in the BeSafe Car Safety.

Parents can rest easy knowing that their child’s favourite purple dinosaur Barney will also be on stage four times daily. This year he will be accompanied by Fireman Sam as his opening act! Pampers Premium Care will be giving away a pregnancy starter pack valued at over R 100 000, so expectant moms do not want to miss this one.

Price: R40.00 – R85.00

For more information and to book tickets, visit

12. Holiday Fun at Joburg Zoo


13. Virgin Active’s Club-V – Virgin Active countrywide

Date: 12-15 December 2016.


Virgin Active’s Club-V and Club-V Max can help moms and dads to do both of those things at the same time. They offer fun-filled ways for children to be cared for and engaged while the parents do their work out. They also provide holiday camps and, in the case of Club-V Max, an excellent venue for birthday parties. Club-V and Club-V Max can be found inside participating Virgin Active Health Clubs and provide age
appropriate care and facilities from 6 weeks old to tweens.

The school holiday camps run for three hours per day in Club-V and four hours in Club-V Max and will be held from 12-15 December with bookings open on 5 December. This year’s camps are Summer & Beach themed and include games, activities, arts and crafts. And on 17 December Club-V offers something for the whole family with a combined fun exercise class for mum, dad and the kids.

For more information, visit:

14. Jacaranda FM Carols by Candlelight


Date: 1 December 2016 (Pretoria) & 3 December 2016 (Johannesburg)

Time: Gates open 16h00, event starts 19h00 – 21h00

Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria & Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.


A stellar cast – including Lloyd Cele, Kurt Darren, Elvis Blue, Charlize Berg and Swing City in Pretoria, and ChianoSky, Lloyd Cele, Richard Stirton, Ross from Prime Circle, Kahn from the Parlotones, Charlize Berg and Swing City in Johannesburg – will join voices with the Soweto Gospel Choir for the 2016 Jacaranda FM and SPAR Carols by Candlelight.

Entry is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a toy (not wrapped) which will be delivered to three selected charity organisations – Child Welfare Tshwane, Heartbeat and Hanna Charities.

15. Christmas Village – Montecasino


Date: 30 November – 4 December 2016


Picture enchanting stalls colourfully crammed with gifts, decorations, and edible treats, set against an authentic Tuscan backdrop amidst the festive atmosphere of a traditional European Christmas market. Imagine the sight of real Christmas trees, the sound of carols, the smell of freshly baked mince pies and much more – and you’ve got the Montecasino Christmas Village!

Come along and shop for the perfect, handcrafted gift for family and friends, soak up the atmosphere and sample traditional Christmas fare like hot roasted nuts, fruity Christmas cakes, mouth-watering biscuits and all the delectable tastes associated with this special time of the year. Kids will be entertained with a dedicated kiddies area 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.

Outdoor movies line-up on the Piazza:

30 November – Jingle All The Way at 18h00
1 December – All I Want For Christmas at 18h00
2 December – The Santa Clause at 18h00
3 December – Rise Of The Guardians at 18h00
4 December – Surviving Christmas at 19h00

Carols by Swing City on Sunday at 17h00

Price: Free Entry

For more information, visit

16. Cirque Éloize iD – Montecasino

Cirque Éloize iD - Montecasino

Date: 30 November – 24 December 2016


A high-energy blend of circus arts and urban dance, iD is a production for the young at heart featuring an inspiring soundtrack and innovative video projections. Acrobats, aerialists, a trial biker, and hip hop and break dancers come together to create a microcosmic society where two groups celebrate everyone’s distinct identity.

There’s speed, power and a cacophony of sounds as everything comes together in the unprecedented spectacular trampoline-finale. The show’s energy and poetry will surpass the expectations of audiences and is guaranteed to leave them in awe.

Price: Depends on day.

For more information, visit

17. Open Water with Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge

Date: 3 December 2016


The event will consist of a themed Picnic, with activities for you and the kids, a Food Market, a big Screen and The #PiPBar. Just bring yourself and a picnic basket, or purchase from their vendors and sit back, relax and enjoy a day in the Park!


Adults : R150
Children 13 – 18 : R20
Children under 12 : Free

For more info, visit

18. Bounce Fourways Opening Weekend

Bounce South Africa

Date: 2 – 4 December 2016


BOUNCE is spreading the Revolution throughout Joburg!

Experience the biggest and most insane BOUNCE trampoline park yet! With more than 4800sqm of space, over 100 trampolines, an X-Park Adventure Challenge course and a brand new first for SA… Clip ‘n Climb, BOUNCE Fourways will blow your mind!!!

For more information, visit

19. The Fun Zone, Powered by Hasbro

Events to attend with kids

Date: Eastgate – 29th November – 4th December, Edgars Court (main mall court next to Edgars)
Mall of Africa – 9th December – 15th December, Forest Walk Court (main food court next to McDonalds)


The Fun Zone is giving your kids the chance to play with some of the latest and greatest My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Transformers and Nerf toys.

20. Change Colours Kiddies Beach Experience – Spruitview Multipurpose Park

events you don't want to miss in Gauteng this December holidays!

Date: 10 December 2016


Change Colours Kiddies Beach Experience is a beach party for children between the ages of 4 and 15 (guided by parents). The park will be revamped into a beach setting with beach sand, inflatable palm trees and pools. There will be other fun activities to explore on-site including jumping castles and a beach soccer game.

For more information, visit

21. Gold Reef City Theme Park

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The most exhilarating amusement park in the Southern Hemisphere with something for every member of the family – it`s more than you can do in a day! Entertainment includes a range of rides from the tame, to the truly terrifying, a 4D Theatre, live entertainment, as well plenty kiddies entertainment including rides and a variety of furry friendly friends in the Farmyard.

For more information, visit

22. The Great Moscow Circus – Montecasino

The Great Moscow Circus - Montecasino

Date: 22 December 2016 – 14 January 2017


With the funniest clowns, most-daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, jugglers and much much more all under the mighty Great Moscow Circus Big Top tent.

Don`t miss this breathtaking, affordable, once in a generation family entertainment, capturing all the thrills and fun of traditional circus with the skill and daring of today`s circus heroes.

For more information, visit

23. Mr Popper’s Penguins – National Children’s Theatre

mr poppers musical

Date: 8 November – 23 December 2016


The family-friendly show features singing, dancing, comedy and lessons. Mr Popper teaches to never give up on a dream, no matter how old you are.

Price: R120

For more information, visit

24. Big Bad Musical – Roodepoort Theatre

the big bad musical


The Big Bad Musical is a smart, wickedly funny and interactive musical for the youngsters as well as the young-at-heart.!

There is non-stop fun in this 60-minute musical delight, including fantastic original songs and hilarious audience participation for the children, making it an end-of-year experience not to be missed.

Age Restriction:
No under 4’s purely due to the comfort of other patrons.

For more information, visit

25.  The AQUA PARK – Midrand

aqua park

Date: 3 September 2016 – 30 April 2017


The AQUA PARK is a floating obstacle course with a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large, clean and refreshing lake. It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more. There is a great variety of different shapes, sizes and functions, making the activity exciting and entertaining for everyone.

Price: R150 per person

For more information, visit

26. Kids Cookie Baking & Decorating – Mugg & Bean Broadacres

vents you don't want to miss in Gauteng this December holidays!

Date: 12 – 13 December 2016


For children 5 years and older. Younger children need to be assisted by a parent/guardian.

Email [email protected] to book.

Price: R190 per child

27. Christmas Day & Night Market – Fourways Farmers Market


Date: 10 & 17 December from 13h00-21h00 and on Sunday 11 & 18 December from 09h00-16h00


  • Carols by Candle Light ( Night market )
  • Father Christmas ( Night market )
  • Christmas Inspired Live Music Entertainment
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Artisanal Crafts and Christmas Gifting
  • Gourmet Street Food
  • Designer Christmas Cakes and Sweet Treats Craft Beer, Craft Beer, Gin&Pimms bar , Wine and Champagne

R10.00 per adult, Children and pets under 12yrs are free.

28. Meet Fireman Sam – Eastgate Shopping centre

vents you don't want to miss in Gauteng this December holidays!

Date: 10 December 2016


Visit Toys R Us Eastgate branch between 10am-12noon on Saturday, 10 December 2016 so your little one can have a chance of meeting Fireman Sam in person.

29. Christmas at Clearwater Mall

events you don't want to miss in Gauteng this December holidays!

Date: 2 – 24 December 2016


  • Toy Kingdom is now open at Clearwater Mall and they have an amazing holiday programme planned including Character visits, colouring in, face painting and loads more!
  • You can also stand a chance to win a LEGO hamper at the mall worth R5 000!
  • Meet Santa from 9 – 24 December and get your photo taken (10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm).

For more information, visit

30. Snake & Reptile Show with Wild Magazine – Mall of Africa

Date: 10 December 2016


Feeling brave? Join Cape Union Mart for an interactive experience with snakes and reptiles from Croc City – they will provide a platform for touch, sight and sound. This is a fun event for the whole family!

RSVP here: [email protected] (Subject line – Kids Event JHB)

For more info, visit

31. Soweto Family Market – Soweto Equestrian Centre

Date: 16 December 2016


Come celebrate with local brands, music, food, fashion, games & entertainment at the Soweto Family Market. Invite your entire family & friends to this exciting event & let’s make it memorable.

Price: Free.

For more info, email [email protected] or call 078-593-7975.

32. Nickelodeon in the City – Sandton City

Date: 9-24 December 2016


Thousands of kids and families will get a chance to enjoy fun festive singalongs with their favourite Nickelodeon characters at this year’s spectacular Nickelodeon in the City celebration. With live performances from Dora and Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) and the pups from Paw Patrol, Nickelodeon in the City takes over Sandton City’s Checker’s Court in the perfect countdown to the big day.

Paw Patrol stars Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Skype and Rubble will get the show started with live stage shows from 9 to 13 December while Dora, Kate and Pablo from Dora and Friends will be entertaining youngsters from December 14 to 18 December. Finally, those pizza loving ninjas Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Rafael from TMNT will be in action from 19 to 24 December. Booyakasha!!!

Nickelodeon in the City singalongs take place daily at Sandton City Checkers Court at 10 am, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm.  Visitors can also join in three daily meet-and–greet sessions, where youngsters can take a picture with their favourite TV character and entrance is free.

So much to do… and so little time! 😉

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