Brrr - Winter's Here!

Date: Friday, 21 June 2019 at 14:30 - 16:30

Let's get creative this winter and craft the cold away at this amazing event. Bring the kids and whole family or even maybe your friends who are into crafts. Those hands won't be freezing because there is plenty to do around the city. The Brr - Winter's event is just something all of us should attend. See you there!

Take To The Avalanche Slope

For skiing, bum-boarding, snowboarding and tubing, minus the freezing temperatures and slushy snow, make sure you head to Avalanche, situated at Cedar Square in Fourways. Visitors of all ages will have a blast sliding down their 65m ski slope, and you can even take a few skiing or snowboarding lessons if you're planning a visit to the Alps anytime soon. Avalanche is open every day from 08:30 until late and sometimes hosts special events in the evenings. The facility also offers a kids' jungle gym and activity centre, a restaurant filled with snacks and good food and expert ski instructors. Call ahead to find out about availability, specials, events and more.

Snowy Activities

Visit The Ice Rink!

Winter activities are not complete without a visit to an ice rink. While there are rinks all over the city, the most popular one in Joburg has to be the Northgate Ice Rink. Plus, they're offering a winter holiday club for the kids during the winter school holidays, as well as half-price Tuesday nights, Family Day Sundays and more. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for upcoming events, specials and more.

Snowy Activities

Take Skiing Lessons @ The Ski Deck

You don't need snow to learn how to ski, bum-board or snowboard – all you need are experienced instructors, 20-40m of ski slope, patience and the Ski Deck in Ferndale. They've been around for years and offer the opportunity for all ages to learn how to ski. Choose from casual bum-boarding from R100* per person (two-hour session), skiing lessons from R1 140* per person (three lessons) or lessons with their fully computerised ski and snowboard simulator, The Sky Tek® Power Carver (from R2 450* for six lessons, by appointment only).

Snowy Activities

Enjoy Sweet Sounds This Winter Season

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 - Thursday, 13 June 2019

When is it ever a bad idea to enjoy amazing classical musical sounds? Never, right! And we think is exactly what you will enjoy this winter, warming up your soul with incredible music. Equally at home in the opera pit, Moody began his career as apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linza, Austria. So you know your ears are in safe hands, because violinist Ye-Eun Choi is defined by her dynamic sound, rich with vibrant timbre and sensitive nuance. Her colourful, expressive lyricism and virtuosity has earned her acclaim for her engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician.

Enjoy Sweet Sounds This Winter Season

Warm Up by the Fire at Churchills Bar

When we think of a snowy winter, we think of stepping into a British pub, grabbing a pint, heading to the fireplace and warming up after being out in the cold a tad too long. If that's also your vibe, Churchills Bar at Melrose Arch is just the place to experience it without spending a fortune on a ticket to London. Just imagine sinking onto one of their stuffed leather sofas, warming yourself by the fire with a whisky in your right hand and a cigar in your left. Sounds about right! They have a varied list of cognacs and cigars for you to choose from and, as for food, they do a scrumptious fish and chips.

Snowy Activities

Beat The Cold This Winter

We thought let's just let you in on a secret on how to keep warm this winter. We all want be warm this winter especially when we decide to go out and explore amazing places to have dinner at. This time around there is no way winter is going to hold us back from doing amazing activities in the city. So we've compiled a list of Top Restaurants With Fireplaces In Joburg, check it out!

Christmas In July Lunch

Date: Sunday, 07 July 2019 at 12:00 - 16:00

Since it's Christmas in July, we have an excuse to feast as if it's the festive season! So, if this is how you want to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year (in July), then make sure you book your spot at the Christmas in July Lunch at Randpark Golf Club. The cost is R265 per person and there will be live entertainment to get the festivities going. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 011 215 8600.

Weekend Market's Xmas in July 2019

Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019 - Sunday, 14 July 2019 

If you're looking to get into the festive spirit, make sure you don't miss out on the family friendly, fun-filled Xmas in July event at the Weekend Market JHB! Here, you can experience everything from snow machines and an early visit from the beloved Santa Claus, to music from amazing local artists, go-karting, carnival rides, good food and much more. This is the perfect day out for the whole family, so get your tickets now! Tickets cost R70 per person at Computicket or R90 per person at the gate.

Christmas Markets

Vintage Nouveau Burlesque Present Misfits XXXMas In July

Date: 19 and 20 July 2019

PLEASE NOTE: this show is not suitable for those younger than 18! If you're feeling a bit cheeky and looking for something a little risqué, then make sure you book your seat at the hottest show in town this winter – XXXMas In July! For two nights only, Vintage Cheek Burlesque Revue is back to warm the cockles of your heart and make sure you end up on Santa's naughty list. Other than the hot entertainment, they'll also have gluhwein to keep temperatures raised. This is a kitsch Christmas-themed burlesque XXXtravaganza you don't want to miss. Tickets cost R120 per person at the door or R140 per person online.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Merry Christmas in July

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 11:00 - 15:00

Make sure you join in for a lunch party with a twist. It's Oh! Oh! Oh! Christmas in July time and we are truly excited. So, get your tickets now and book your spot, which includes two bottles of your choice of the Oh, so delicious range to take home with you, giving you a full tasting of the Oh so incredible range of 6 wines and a selection of canapés. For more information about the estate and exquisite wines visit

12 Pubs of Christmas in July

Christmas In July Dinner Dance

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 20:00 - 23:00

Celebrate the mid-year silly season with good food, great company, a lot of dancing and loads of fun at the Christmas in July Dinner Dance at Glenburn Lodge and Spa. You can take your pick from just enjoying the dinner dance at R1 690 per person or incorporating a night's stay at the venue with the dinner dance (there are only suite sharing rooms left, at R3 020 per couple, DBB). If you want the kids to join in on the fun, request children's rates when you enquire. To find out more or book your spot, email [email protected] or call 011 668 1600.

Christmas In July: A Ballet And Music Celebration

Date: Thursday, 04 July 2019 - Friday, 05 July 2019

Oh what a time to be alive, if you are a die-hard fan of ballet and amazing music, then this is just up your street. Join in on the Christmas In July, A Ballet & Music Celebration which will bring you nothing but the best! Giving you these world class performances taking place with scenes from The Nutcracker (the snow scene) and other major ballets, all celebrating Christmas. They will be staged with new choreographic performances. This one will sure be a delight to the whole family. See you there, get your tickets here!

Christmas in July

A Christmas In July Festival With The Lipizzaners

Date: Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 14:30

This being their first ever Christmas in July Festival performance, they are excited to bring you nothing but an incredible time. Inspired by the cold, snowy winters of the Northern Hemisphere, the Lipizzaners will definitely dazzle and leave you in awe. Featuring the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa, this Christmas in July Festival will be a true delight. So, make sure you are there, you wouldn't want to miss it for the world.

Christmas In July At Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2019 - Sunday, 04 August 2019

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens invites families, couples and groups to come and experience a magical garden and a wonderland with rainbow lights, never seen in South Africa. Visitors will walk though a 500m trail of the botanical gardens lit up with thousands of lights. It will feel like Christmas indeed, the event will also exhibit various Christmas statues, enchanted forests of magnificent lights, artificial snow flakes, music and family fun activities for groups and families. Click here for more information on this event.

Christmas In July


Pop all ingredients – except for the wine – into a big pot. Get this to boil for 10 minutes. Switch off the heat, either test the temperature, which we should get to at least 70°C, or wait a couple of minutes. Now, stir in the wine. The reason we take this route, by adding the wine after the boil, is to ensure that the alcohol does not evaporate… trust us on this.

Recipe inspired by Hurry the Food Up.


By Shawn Greyling