Where To See The 2023 Festive Season Lights


Christmas is a magical time of the year, it’s a time for delicious feasts, time spent with family, Christmas carols and festive lights. To get you in the festive spirit, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas light displays around the city. Keep an eye out on this list as we will be adding more venues as they are announced. 

Montecasino’s Magical Italian Village Of Lights

  • Date: 01 December 2023 to 07 January 2024

‘Tis the season for festive lights and unforgettable thrills! And the #MonteMagic experience will be more spectacular than ever. They have an incredible line-up of events, displays, and productions to keep your family entertained.

Celebrate and enjoy the magic of the holiday season with the largest indoor lights display in Joburg! Montecasino will have over 285 300 LED lights illuminating their beautiful and exhilarating Tuscan village. It’s the ideal place to see some festive season lights.

Destination Christmas 2023 At Melrose Arch

  • Date: December 2023

Destination Christmas at Melrose Arch is a firm favourite for both young and old. Every year, the precinct puts on a dazzling display of festive Christmas lights, lots of family entertainment that’s sure to thrill, as well as a cheerful market where you can shop for gift ideas before the holiday season rush begins. Take your whole family to the precinct for the enchanting light display, a little bit of retail therapy, and even some fabulous dining. Click here for their full Destination Christmas lineup. You can expect everything from thrilling kids entertainment, cheerful markets, joyful Christmas carols, and much more.

Joburg Zoo’s Festival Of Lights

  • Date: Friday, 01 December 2023 – Sunday, 07 January 2024

Joburg Zoo, The City of Johannesburg and Joburg Theatre proudly present their annual Festival Of Lights. Open from 19:00 to 22:00 from Thursday to Sunday, visitors will get to enjoy the magic and beauty of enchanting, illuminated life-size animal characters that are sure to delight guests of all ages.

The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will also offers exciting entertainment, delicious nibbles and craft night market perfect for some festive shopping. Tickets to this stunning event costs R175 per person, R75 per child aged between 3 to 12 years, children under 3 years of age enter for free, and R100 per pensioner. Click here to get your tickets now.

The Christmas Village at Emperors Palace

  • Date: Friday, 01 December 2023 – Sunday, 31 December 2023 between 16:00 and 22:00 daily.

Emperors Palace has something special in store for Joburg this holiday season. Don’t miss their oh-so festive Christmas Village! Expect a Bavarian-themed holiday experience perfect for the whole family. The size of this Christmas extravaganza spans over two rugby fields! Stroll through this authentic Christmas wonderland that offers three different areas to explore, namely Snow Town, The Village Square, and the Tunnel of Lights and Winter Wonderland, where guests can enjoy a beautiful light display featuring fairies, elves, gnomes, goblins, and reindeers peeking out from their fantasy forest. Click here for more information about this joyful event.

LiggieFees 2023

Dates: Friday, 01 December 2023 – Saturday, 30 December 2023

Support the Jakaranda Children’s Home, a non-profit organisation, as they host their biggest annual fundraising event – LiggieFees. You’ll find these dazzling lights in Pretoria. Visitors will be able to experience a magical display of the most beautiful Christmas lights. Bring some cash along as you can support the various food and market stalls that will be available at the venue. Also, children can look forward to activities in the carnival area. Take a couple photos with Santa, ride an onsite train and carousel, and do some skating at their ice rink. Ticket prices for adults are R50 per person. Kids between 3 and 17 years old pay R30 pay person. Under 3s enter the festival free of charge. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.

Time Square

  • Date: 01 December 2023 – 01 January 2024

Visit Time Square Casino in Pretoria for a dazzling Christmas Light Extravaganza! Enjoy the enchanting glow of their light displays as their garden comes alive with thousands of sparkling lights. There will also be food stalls and photo opportunities to explore and experience during the holiday season, under the stars.

Gold Reef City

We don’t have further information yet, but it seems Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park will also be lighting up the city with festive lights! Pay them a visit, take some photos to capture those festive memories and have a jolly old time with your loved ones this holiday season.

Moray Drive

Don’t forget to extend your joyous journey to Moray Drive, Bryanston, where more dazzling Christmas lights await to brighten your holiday spirit! The festive spectacle spans approximately three to four blocks, enchanting the area from Cumberland Avenue to Logan Avenue with the magical glow of Christmas lights.

Click here for more Christmas thrills in Johannesburg.

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