It’s Destination Christmas 2023 At Melrose Arch


Exciting news, Joburg! Melrose Arch is lighting up the city once again this silly season. Destination Christmas returns for its 2023 instalment! Not only will there be stunning light displays and family fun for all ages over the next few weeks, but they are also extending their trading hours to ensure you get all your Christmas shopping done in time. Happy holidays!

Melrose Arch Lights Up This Festive Season

Christmas is always a special time of the year – a season in which to rejoice and spend precious time with family and friends, enjoy festive fun and create lasting memories.

When it comes to creating unforgettable times with family and friends, no one does it better than Melrose Arch, which, in addition to its famous Christmas lights, has a host of exciting events lined up for the festive season.

The Christmas lights will be switched on on Friday, 24 November 2023, following which a number of other festive season activities will be taking place, including performances by the Drakensberg Boys Choir and Jeppe Pipe Band, children’s entertainment, a Christmas market and more.

What To Expect At Destination Christmas This Year

From 24 November 2023 – 07 January 2024, the precinct will come to life with an exciting festive entertainment programme, perfect for the whole family.

This is what you can look forward to at Destination Christmas 2023.

Christmas Lights

Date: 24 November 2023 – 07 January 2024

The Christmas lights will be turned on from Friday, 24 November 2023 in High Street at Melrose Arch. This officially marks the start of the festive season at this ever-popular shopping destination.

Drakensberg Boys Choir

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023

After a spectacular sold-out performance last year, Melrose Arch is thrilled to announce the return of the renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir, bringing their special brand of festive cheer to Johannesburg. The magical musical extravaganza – Carols on the Piazza – will start Melrose Arch’s highly-anticipated Destination Christmas festive season with a musical bang and proceeds benefitting SA Harvest and the Drakensberg Boys Choir. Get your tickets now.

Johnny Walker Blue Label Umami Elusive Pop-Up Experience

  • Date: 22 November 2023 – 15 December 2023
  • 11:00 – 21:00 daily
  • Shop H27D, Slip Street

Johnny Walker Blue Label will host an exclusive Umami pop up, where you can shop JW SDLX favourites and the limited edition Blue Label Reserve. Customise JW bottles with bespoke engravings. You can add a name, date, symbol or initials to the bottle and create a cherished keepsake.

Pringles x Fanta Playground

  • Date: 11 – 31 December 2023

The Pringles x Fanta Playground promises plenty of flavours to savour and loads of fun! Explore a vibrant, larger-than-life installation that combines Pringles cans with Fanta, where the holiday spirit comes to life one chip and sip at a time.

Sweets, Treats & Toys

  • Date: 08 – 11 December 2023

Enjoy a selection of snacks, sweet treats and drinks while strolling through the Christmas lights. From 18:30 to 22:00 daily, a selection of delights – candyfloss, popcorn, sweets, cold drinks, ice cream and doughnuts – will be available to purchase from stalls lining the top of the High Street.

The Jeppe Pipe Band

  • Date: Friday, 15 December 2023 at 19:00

The Jeppe Pipe Band will return to Melrose Arch to add to the festivities with a bespoke festive performance. This unique presentation will blend Carols with all-time pipe band favourites in a musical fusion. While there’s no fee to attend the concert, visitors are invited to make a contribution to CHOC with donation boxes available on the High Street that evening.

Christmas Market on The Piazza

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023 – Saturday, 02 December 2023

A merry Christmas market will be unveiled on the Piazza, open daily between 15:00 – 21:00. Enjoy shopping an additional variety of Christmas décor and gifting. Expect a wide range of items, including handcrafted pieces, delicious food and treats, bespoke jewellery, clothing, toys, homeware, accessories and more.

The Melrose Arch Festive Market

  • Date: 15 – 16 December 2023 from 11:00 – 19:00

Don’t forget the Melrose Arch Market held in the retail Galleria, who will be hosting a special festive themed market offering delicious foods, arts and crafts, organic vegetables and more.

Destination Christmas Roaming Characters

  • Date: 15 – 17 and 22 – 25 December 2023 between 18:30 and 20:00

Christmas is not complete without a visit from Santa and his elves. The jolly man and his troupe of Christmas elves, together with a snowman from the North Pole, will make an appearance in the precinct. Be sure to get photos taken and get your last-minute gift requests to them upon their visit.

Check out Melrose Arch or visit Melrose Arch’s Facebook page for the entertainment schedule. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas at Melrose Arch indeed!

Extended Trading Hours

Expect to enjoy extended trading hours will apply from Friday, 01 December 2023 to Saturday, 23 December 2023. The trading hours will be as follows:

Retailers on the High Street

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Public Holiday (16 December): 10:00 – 19:00

Other Retail Tenants

  • Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Sundays and Public Holiday (16 December): 09:00 – 18:00

When Is It?

Friday, 24 November 2023 to Sunday, 07 January 2024. 

Where Is It?

Melrose Arch Precinct, Corlett Drive, Melrose North, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry to Destination Christmas is FREE. However, do take cash along with you to do some shopping, indulge at one of the many restaurants throughout the precinct and to pay for parking.

Also, some activities and performances may have an entrance fee.

For More Information

For more information about Melrose Arch or Destination Christmas, visit

You can also contact them on 011 684 0000.

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest events, news, offers and more.

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