This year, bring the kids to Montecasino to experience the festive magic of the season. Visit the magical village of lights, the largest indoor Christmas lights display in Joburg, or marvel at the stories told through the state-of-the-art 3D projection on Montecasino's Tuscan facade. If that wasn't enough festive cheer for you, kids will be enthralled with the tons of free entertainment on offer at the Piazza.
Joburg's favourite shopping destination, Sandton City, is the home of a spectacular Christmas market this year. Reminiscent of a typical European market, the stalls will be housed under custom-built wooden huts. Selling an array of African-inspired Christmas gifts, the vendors will be towered by a 6m tall Christmas tree! So, come and join in for some caroling, feasting and the spirit of family at the Sandton City Christmas Village.
The Emperors Palace Garden of Lights is back! Bigger and better than ever before, the Christmas festivities will be in full swing here. Bring the little ones to Santa's Village, where the elves will be tolling away, preparing all the gifts for the big day. Or, pop into the Crafters Fair Market to find the best artisan toys and trinkets. Round things off at the adjoining carnival, which features fun rides and tasty treats, including Frosty Melts and Chip Twisters.
Cradlestone Mall presents Santa's World of Wonder this December. There will be a range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a bauble making factory, baking workshops, Toy Town, Santa’s Post Office and Santa’s Village. Kiddies will also be delighted by the main attraction at the village - a super-sized inflatable polar bear! It's a must-visit for sure.
Melrose Arch invites you and the kids to take a stroll through their electric Christmas light display this December. With an all new Fantasy Garden on the Piazza, this is one of the most popular Christmas villages in the city. Santa Claus will also be making surprise visits, so be sure to have your wishlists at the ready. Destination Christmas is the ultimate family fun experience.
Joburg Zoo have partnered with Joburg Theatre to bring you their annual festival of lights this December. Come and see an array of life-sized light displays, featuring all your favourite animals. The magnificent tree of lights, which sparkles from the centre of the zoo, will take centre stage while live performances keep you and kids entertained. You can also expect a number of food and craft stalls. See you there.
Do you know of any other merry Christmas villages in the city? Let us know about them!