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!

Please note that this post has been updated for 2019.



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Until Saturday, 11 January 2020
Venue: Outdoor Event Area
Time: 10h00 – 22h00
Tickets: Children: R10 (up to 12 years old)
Adults: R35 (from 13 years old and up)
Pensioners: R20

From beach fun for the kids to sunset cocktails for the grown-ups, sizzling food specials, crazy carnival rides, and live entertainment, there really is something to appeal to every single member of the family’s sense of holiday fun. Just remember – NO food, beverages and cooler boxes allowed in!

2. The Nutcracker

Sandton City is proud to present the return of a wonderfully whimsical theatrical adventure with The Nutcracker’s Winter Circus. Bigger, better and back for another spectacular season, this year’s adventure includes creative master puppetry, set to bring a host of fun and fantastical characters to life, with the Parade of the Animals, adding a captivating new dimension to the show.

Exclusive to Sandton City and enchanting children and adults alike, the mysterious and magical Nutcracker’s Winter Circus Parade of The Animals is a fairy tale fit for the whole family, set in an extravagant circus tent in the Centre Court, from Wednesday, the 11th of December 2019 to Sunday, the 5th of January 2020.

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There are four performances daily at 10h30, 12h30, 15h30 and 17h30, seven days a week, (excl. Christmas Day, Day of Goodwill and New Year’s Day). Tickets are available from at a cost R20 online (with no charge for children under three years) or by visiting selected Edgars, CNA, Jet, POSTNET stores. Tickets are also available at the door for a R30 fee. Sandton City is passionate about Christmas with a cause, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sandton SPCA.


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.

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8 December 2017 – 3 January 2018
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.

4. Peppa Pig at Fourways Mall

Peppa & George will be stopping by The Marketplace in Fourways Mall for a Spectacular Sing-Along Surprise!! Free shows run daily at 11am and 2pm. Kids will also have the very special opportunity to meet Peppa after each show from 11.30am – 12.30pm and again from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

5. A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, to get us into the festive spirit – and to remind us what the season is truly about? Jason Ralph (Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare in Love) portrays Scrooge in this timeless tale of warmth and redemption from Thursday, 5 December to Sunday, 5 January 2020. Catch the action at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre for only R130 to R180 per person. Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.


SEUSSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza featuring music by Tony Award-winning team, Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Aherns, book by Lynn Aherns and Stephen Flaherty, co-conceived by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, this “Theatre For Young Audiences” version is presented by special arrangement with DALRO, based on the numerous works of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

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With tickets only at R100 and a stage time of just over an hour, Seussical is suitable for the whole family ages four and up! Remember that Rewards members enjoy up to 20% off the full ticket price. Not a rewards cardholder? The good news is if you visit Gold Reef City Theme Park you get 10% off the full ticket price when you produce your armband (valid for bookings at Gold Reef City’s Box Office only).

7. Walk with Dinosaurs at Mall of Africa

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8. Peter Pan on Ice

The world’s premier theatrical ice-skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to South Africa with a brand-new show Peter Pan on Ice this December. Take a journey to Neverland in this classic tale of magic and make-believe, spectacularly staged on real ice at The Teatro from Friday, 6 December till Saturday, 11 January. Book your tickets at or Computicket – shows are from Tuesday to Friday at 19h30, Saturday at 15h00 and 19h30, Sunday at 14h00 and 17h30. A dazzling performance – not to be missed! Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.

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9. Melrose Arch Lights

Lights will be turned on at 18h30, daily until 6 January 2020.

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10. Land Rover Experience

Enjoy all the ups, downs and side tilts that Land Rover has to offer. See the festive lights, count how many animals you can spot, roast marshmallows after you’ve driven through a beautifully lit waterhole and have an amazing culinary dinner at the TLC On the Track restaurant, complete with a kids area to keep the young fans happy.

The kids’ Defender track will also be lit up for the kiddies to enjoy some extended driving pleasure as they navigate the route.

Date:               Night drives are running from 9 – 15 December. 

Time:               18:00 – 21:00

Venue:            EXPERIENCE Johannesburg in Lonehill

11. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to Town this festive season at Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre from Thursday, 5 December to Sunday, 5 January 2020. Bring the whole family along for a fun-filled musical theatre experience featuring all your favourite Christmas songs, including Winter Wonderland, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, White Christmas and many more. Tickets are from R100 to R350 per person. Get yours online on Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.


The Goldfish Outdoor Experience on Saturday 14 December, will bring a truly unique music festival to the outdoor event area. You can expect a fun-filled day with over 20 of Joburg’s best street food vendors, great live music and a kid’s entertainment zone. The proudly South African line-up includes some of SA’s best bands and DJs, such as December Streets, Easy Freak, Kyle Cassim, Ricardo Da Costa, MS Cosmo, Roger Goode and a whole lot more! Ticket prices range from R50 for children under 13 to R400 for VIP entrance. Remember, your event ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.


Until December 22 – 10:30 am & 14:30 pm at the National Children’s Theatre.

14. Joburg Zoo

Joburg Zoo in association with the City of Johannesburg entities; Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, and City Power are excited to announce the annual Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights featuring an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters featuring classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft market for visitors to the Joburg Zoo.

Open from 19:00 – 22:00 daily in the evenings except on Mondays. Patrons can enjoy a tranquil walk in the zoo on a designated lit route away from the animals under trees decorated in enchanting lights.
The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will kick off with a classical performance of The Nutcracker by Joburg Ballet at the Bandstand in the zoo. The entertainment will vary on a daily basis, offering a night out in the zoo for all ages. Tickets are available at R60 for kids and R120 for adults.

15. Kids’ Bikes At Melrose Arch

Bring the kiddos to enjoy electric bike rides on the Square!
Times of operation: 6.00 pm – 23.00pm daily from 6th December -31st December (excluding Christmas day)
Cost: R50p/p per 10min ride

16. Christmas Night Market at Cradlestone Mall

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