Family Events to attend in Johannesburg this December

Are you looking for family events to attend this December holidays in Johannesburg?

Don’t worry, I got you covered!


1. The beach at Mall of Africa

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2. Manhattan #RealSweetMoments Family Pop-up Experience

Manhattan Sweets is bringing the sweetest experience to Johannesburg! An exciting and colourful space, where kids and their parents can come along to share delightful, real sweet moments together.

There will be fun and interactive activities such as Mount Marshmallow – a ‘volcano’ where kids can imagine the impossible and roast Manhattan Marshmallows on the lava until they are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. There will be arts and crafts stations for kids and grown-ups, such as the creation of helium hot air balloons with a basket filled with the delicious range of Manhattan Gums and Jellies to float home with their creators. Paint by numbers, ball-throwing games, story-time and fun photosets will also be part of this fantastic experience filled with many precious Real Sweet Moments!

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Date: 09 December 2017

Venue: Fourways Farmers Market

3. Garden of Lights

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.

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
All proceeds go CANSA and the Peermont Children’s and Education Funds.

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Date: 8 December 2017 – 03 January 2018

Venue: Emperors Palace

4. A Christmas Carol

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Date: Until 14 January 2018

Venue: Pieter Toeriens Theatre at Montecasino

5. Silverstar beach festival

Silverstar will be bringing beach life to the West Rand for the third time this December. By day, The Square will be a sandy paradise for kids of all ages (even the grown-up kind!) and by night, The Square will transform into a Calypso paradise with live music and summery cocktails. Silverstar’s Beach Festival will make your staycation spectacular!

Entry is absolutely free with great food and drinks specials on sale around the beach and at selected restaurants on property.

Daytime kiddies activities:

  • Sandcastle building competitions
  • Tug of war competitions
  • Hoola hoop competitions
  • Ice-cream eating competitions
  • Inflatable waterslide
  • Face painting
  • Beach volleyball

All beach activities to be run, managed & co-ordinated by childminders

Evening activities:

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

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Date: 07 December 2017 – 22 December 2017

Venue: Silverstar casino

6. The Story of The Moon

From the creative minds that brought you Madame Zingara, The Story of The Moon is an animal-free circus experience with acrobatics, songs, drumming, Argentinian boladeros, contortionists, slapstick comedy and a mesmerizing quick change act.

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Date: 08 December 2017 – 15 January 2018

Venue: Emperors Palace

7. Melrose Arch Christmas lights

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This is a must-see and the best part is it is absolutely free!

Date: Until 08 January 2018

8. Cinderella on Ice

Date: Until 07 January 2018

Venue: Montecasino

9. Mistletoe and Magic

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10. Pinocchio

The story tells of Geppetto’s son Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who is desperate to become a real boy.

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Credit: Joburg Theatre Facebook Page

On his journey of discovery, he encounters a cat and a fox (who are definitely crooks), the Blue Fairy (who operates from a Wishing Star), Jiminy Cricket (who becomes Pinocchio’s conscience figure), as well as many other weird and wacky characters. It’s a cautionary tale of a child’s journey and a father’s unconditional love.

Veteran stage, television and film actor TOBIE CRONJÉ returns to the panto, this time as the gentle woodcarver Geppetto. Popular theatre and television actor ANDRE SCHWARTZ also returns to panto, as the mischievous Fox.

Date: Until 30 December 2017

Venue: Joburg Theatre

11. SPCA Movies under Moonlight and Christmas Market

Date: 08 December – 09 December 2017

Venue: Morninghill Country Club

Friday 8 December: Doors open 4 pm movie starts 7 pm. Movie showing: The Holiday

Saturday 9 December: Doors open at 2 pm movie starts 7 pm. Movie showing: The Grinch who stole Christmas

Bring your camp chairs, picnic blanket and family, join the team laughing your tail off at a fundraiser for the Fur kids.

They will be collecting dog food at the venue if you would like to extend your generosity a little further.

Great Christmas presents and food stalls. A full-service bar and watering station to pour for your paws.

For more info, visit

12. Christmas Night Market

Date: 21 December 2017

Venue: Rosebank

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13. Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square are once again bringing you a full festive line-up of spectacular Christmas attractions, with the most anticipated events and activities of the season.

From 8 December, the festive family fun hits full-swing throughout Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. There’s plenty to enjoy, watch and create from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday, until 6 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays and until 12-midday on 24 December.

Add sparkle to the festive season with twins Shimmer and Shine, who will be at Nelson Mandela Square for spectacular live shows and to meet and greet their fans. Shimmer and Shine is one of the most popular series on Nickelodeon Junior, and meeting the twins will certainly make many little ones’ wishes come true this holiday. Show times are 10 am, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm and meet-and-greets are at 11 am, 1 pm and 5 pm, and all events are free.

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Date: 08 – 24 December 2017

Venue: Sandton City

14. LEGO Activation

The most spectacular LEGO® event in the country will transform the Sandton City Centre Court into a magical world of LEGO. SA’s biggest LEGO attraction includes Duplo, City, Star Wars, Friends, Ninjago, and Christmas. Play in the giant LEGO pit or take part in the free building, show building, and speed building activities. Interact with robotic displays or take a snap at the LEGO photo wall. Entry is free and everything is awesome!

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Create festive memories to treasure forever. Santa Claus will once again take his position posing for photographs with customers in his sleigh at the Centre Court. You can also have your photograph taken inside our real Snow Globe near the Sandton City Food Court (now to 27 Dec).

All aboard for fun! The Hamleys Train is offering kids’ rides around Sandton City’s lower level from its pop-up store. The City’s also got your gift-wrapping covered (1 to 24 December) with proceeds going to the Sandton SPCA.

Giving you more time to enjoy all this and much more, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square are extending their trading hours. Shop from 9 am to 9 pm every day from 1 to 23 December (yes, including public holidays) and until 6 pm on Christmas Eve.

15. The Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club

The Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club will be hosting its next holiday club from 11 – 15 December at GardenShop Bryanston and the REEA Vegetable Gardens in Craighall Park. The three-hour long classes include lots of gardening and environment-focused conversations, making nature-themed crafts, story time, and healthy snack time.

Gardening is a great way to get children to engage with nature and spend more time outdoors, and the Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club focuses on making it both fun and relaxing for them.

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“Many physical extra murals are competitive or involve serious concentration from children” says Nicola Brown, co-founder of the Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club. “Gardening is an enjoyable way for children to spend time outside, exercising, learning at their own pace, and in a small group where they can engage with others and make new friends”.

Other benefits of gardening include encouraging healthier eating, appreciating the journey of food from the garden to the table, and developing important life skills like patience, responsibility and collaboration.

Classes are kept small as the teachers focus on engaging with children individually, following their thoughts and observations and weaving them into the overall lesson.

Dates: 11 – 15 December 2017
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: R1000 for the week or R300 per day
Ages: 4 -9

Each class is limited to 12 children and will have two teachers.

To book email: [email protected] or send a message to the Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club Facebook page.

16. Montecasino Bird Garden

One of my favorite places to visit with my kids. There’s so much to see at this beautiful park which is filled with all different types of birds.

For more info, visit

17. Gold Reef City

A theme park filled with adventure for the entire day!

18. Ben 10

Shoppers at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Johannesburg can expect a Cartoon Network pop-up event area to celebrate creativity from the 8th to the 24th of December.

Families can look forward to interacting with Cartoon Network characters, watching non-stop entertainment on and off the stage, participating in a Ben 10 obstacle course, creating their own avatar at The Powerpuff Girl “create and print” station, drawing in a dedicated craft area with iPads and interactive walls as well as getting digital with a special augmented reality experience that will have you wanting more and MORE!

19. A Seussified Christmas Carol

The National Children’s Theatre (NCT) presents a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas Carol.


Date: Until 23 December 2017

Venue: National Children’s Theatre 


For those of you who cannot make it out to the malls this December, not to worry, Cartoon Network has you covered! The channel will be airing some fresh new content including a new Game Show: Ben 10 Challenge, along with a special episode, where for the first time ever, a new alien will be revealed! The live game show, based on the animated series, will follow two teams of fans – two children up against one adult as they are put through the ultimate physical and psychological Ben 10 challenge!

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It’s a Magical December on Disney, with a fun-filled festive block packed with episodes of top series such as Sofia the First, PJ Masks, and Vampirina. The fun begins on Wednesday 6th December at 14:30 CAT and continues every day until Friday 29th December.

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