December is here, so don your very best holly-jolly outfit and make the most of this merry time of the year! From Christmas markets and carols to gorgeous light shows, we’ve selected our top five activities you and your family can enjoy to get into that joyful feeling this festive season.
1. Montecasino’s Christmas Village
Visit Montecasino’s annual Christmas Market to get your hands on bespoke Christmas gifts. With over 60 exhibitors this year, there’ll be plenty of meandering to do amongst the stalls. Feeling hungry? There’ll be a selection of craft food stands selling gourmet burgers and tasty churros, too! Entry fee is R10 (free entrance for kids under 12 and pensioners).
On at Montecasino’s Piazza in Joburg from 12 till 17 December 2018; click here for more info.
2. Spier Light Art Show
Gather your brood for a family visit to Spier this Christmas. The celebrated wine farm in Stellenbosch is hosting its first ever light art show during this festive season. Here, visitors will be able to experience an iridescent exhibition of interactive light and sound artworks. You’ll feel whimsical as you move from one display to another!
On at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch from 8 December until 31 January 2019. Entrance is free; see spier.co.za for more info.
3. A Christmas Celebration at The Playhouse
Create a spectacular memory with your family by attending this year’s Christmas showcase starring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Playhouse Chorale. This family-fun event will help you celebrate the end of the year in song – expect a dazzling medley of festive classics and hymns.
On at The Playhouse Company’s Drama Theatre in Durban on 22 and 23 December 2019; see playhousecompany.com for more info.
4. Baakens Food Truck Funday
Enjoy a fun outing with the kids to this year’s special Christmas edition of Baakens Food Truck Funday, a community-driven food market in Port Elizabeth. Apart from a stunning outdoor setting and delicious food, expect laidback live music and a play park just for the little ones! Pets are welcome to tag along, too, so feel free to bring the whole clan.
On at the Baakens Valley in Port Elizabeth on 23 December 2018; click here for more info.
5. Matilda: The Musical
What about a little fairy tale magic at the theatre? This top production is a must-see this month. It’s a brilliant adaptation of the classic Children’s novel by Roald Dahl. And with musical numbers arranged by famed Australian composer Tim Minchin, you’ll be dancing in your seat!
On at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre from 11 December till 13 January 2019; see computicket.com.