Monday, 16 December 2019, the Day of Reconciliation, is a public holiday all about unity and togetherness. Also known as the 'biggest day in retail', this national holiday offers the chance to catch up on all you have been missing while managing the year-end rush. Take advantage of this long weekend to get out and about in the city. Whether it's family fun you are after, a couple of drinks or a little sophistication at the theatre, there is a ton happening over this long weekend.

Joburg Zoo Festival Of Lights

Joburg Zoo have partnered with the Joburg Theatre to bring you a merry Christmas light festival. Come and see all your favourite animals lit up in brilliant colours. There will also be classical live entertainment, food and craft stalls. This is perfect for the whole family!

The Festival of Lights will run over the long weekend, between 07:00 - 22:00 daily.

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Fourways Farmers Market Christmas Edition

The Fourways Farmers Market is one of the most popular foodie markets in the city. Their final series of markets for the year takes place over the Reconciliation Day weekend, bringing you awesome food, live music and Christmas festivities for all ages. This will be the final Fourways Farmers Market held at their current location, as they will be moving to a bigger premises in March 2020. Don't miss out!

Visit the FFM Christmas edition on Friday, 13 December 2019, Saturday, 14 December 2019 or Sunday, 15 December 2019.

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The 12 Pubs Of Xmas

Silly season is officially open! Come through to the 1 Fox Precinct for the epic 12 Pubs of Xmas event. This is Joburg's most outrageous drinking event of the year, so you don't want to miss out on the fun. There are a number of group activities which you must complete, including drinking while standing on one foot, crawling your way to the pub and wearing your shoe as a glove!

The 12 Pubs of Xmas event will take place on Saturday, 14 December 2019.

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Maboneng Pride Art Festival

Celebrate your pride at the inaugural Maboneng Pride Art Festival. Bringing together queer-indentifying artists, tattooists, fashionistas, sculptors and gamers, this event aims to encourage queer visibility in the arts. There will be a number of participating venues around the Maboneng Precinct, where you can mingle, dance and express your authentic self. It's the perfect way to kick off the long weekend, so don't miss it.

The Maboneng Pride Art Festival will take place on Saturday, 14 December 2019.

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A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale returns to the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino this December. With the refrain of Bah, Humbug! from Jason Ralph as Ebenezer Scrooge, you will be transported to a world of Christmas past, present and future. Bring older kids to see this heart-warming story of redemption.

Show times:

Friday, 13 December 2019 at 19:30.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 16:00 and 19:30.

Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 15:00 and 18:00.

Monday, 16 December 2019 at 15:00.

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I Love Soweto Festival 

Soweto Theatre is the place to be this long weekend. Hosting the I Love Soweto Festival, they bring you a feast of live music, food, entertainment and much more, kicking things off with an outdoor movie screening for the kids and cheese and wine for the older folk. The following evening sees the I Love Soweto Night Market set up their stalls, offering you handcrafted goods and a magical performance by the Soweto String Quartet. To wrap things up, the Seven Colours Sunday food market will fill your belly with delicious South African treats.

This event is not to be missed, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

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The Crafters Fair

The Crafters Fair is an East Rand must-visit. Taking place alongside the Emperors Palace Garden of Lights, this Christmas market is the ideal place to pick up handmade gifts and stocking fillers. Bring the little ones to visit Santa's Village and see the merry elves in action. Afterwards, you can take them on a thrilling carnival ride or for some delicious ice cream melts. All in all, it's a family fun affair, so make sure to head on over this long weekend.

The Crafters Fair takes place from 09:00 - 21:00 daily.

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Lazy Days And Lawn Blankets 

Finally, we have the Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets event at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. For a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the summer sun, free welcome drinks, gourmet finger snacks and live entertainment, get your tickets to the final Lazy Days event of the year. Dress up in your best Christmas attire to stand a chance to win a prize for best dressed! Kiddies are welcome too, so bring the whole family along.

The Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets event takes place on Sunday, 15 December 2019.

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It's A Stay-Cation

Sometimes all you need over a long weekend is a little rest and relaxation in the comfort of your own home. It's also a perfect excuse to host a family braai. Check out our Braai Essentials Guide for tips and tricks on perfecting your braai skills. Or, bond with the kids by getting into the spirit of Christmas baking.

Whatever you choose to get up to over this weekend, we hope it's fun, refreshing and all that you need to get through the final stretch of 2019. Happy holidays! 

Christmas Baking

One of the best things about Christmas is all the delightful treats! From mince pies and sugar cookies to gingerbread and trifle, Christmas baking makes our hearts, and tummies, happy. The fun and delicacies makes all the mess worth it. So grab the kiddos, put on those aprons and get baking! And, don't forget the best part - licking out the mixing bowl!

To see our favourite festive baking recipes, click here.

Christmas Treats

If baking isn't your thing, we don't blame you. It's hard work baking up a storm in the sweltering Joburg summer. But that doesn't mean you'll miss out on the delightful Christmas treats and snacks! Instead, have festive-themed confections like popcorn snowmen and strawberry Santas. Or, why not let the kids decorate ready-made cupcakes, brownies or cookies in the festive spirit?

To see our tastiest Christmas treats, click here.

Christmas Decorations

Store-bought Christmas decorations aren't only expensive, they're also low quality. For more affordable and special decorations, why not DIY them? The kids will have a blast crafting their own creations. Snowflakes, mini Christmas trees, ornaments, garlands and wreaths can all be made with items already around your home. And the kids will sure be thrilled when they see their crafts proudly displayed on the tree.

To see our great Christmas craft guide, click here.

Christmas Movies

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a few classic family Christmas movies? Not only are these enjoyable for the whole family, but it will get mom, dad, the kids and the grandparents spending quality time together. With the likes of Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Nutcracker, your family will be in the spirit of the season humming Christmas carols in no time.

To see our most beloved Christmas movies, click here.

Christmas Villages

There is nothing that's sure to delight the little ones quite as much as a Christmas village, complete with merry music, sparkly lights, sweet indulgences and a visit from Santa Claus himself! Luckily, Joburg is packed with villages offering all this and more. Delight your whole family with these magnificent light displays, giant Christmas trees, a visit to Santa's Workshop or even a magical carnival, Christmas style.

To see our list of Christmas villages to take the kids to this December, click here.

Christmas Events

It's Christmas. And no one wants to be cooped up in the house all December long. So, pack up the family and head to one of these joyous events. The kids can give Santa their Christmas wish lists or spend an evening marveling at enchanting light displays. While they're occupied, you can finish all your shopping for the holiday season without stepping foot inside an overcrowded mall!

To see our top Christmas events for kids, click here. 

Christmas Stocking Fillers

Speaking of Christmas shopping, what are you getting the kids for Christmas? No idea? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We took a sneak peek inside Santa's Workshop and found the best stocking fillers for the little ones. What kid wouldn't love a bubble gun, gooey slime, water balloons or chalk bombs? Gift the children with these, and they'll be set for a summer of fun.

To see what Santa has hidden in his bag of toys, click here.

We at wish you and your family a safe and merry Christmas.