Deck the malls with boughs of fairy lights

2017-12-17 18:55 - Grethe Kemp
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Massive wreaths, reams of fairy lights lavishly strung, twinkling baubles a metre high – the world of mall decorations is dazzling and over the top.

The glittering motive, of course, is to spur you on to shop, shop and shop.

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Even the grouchiest among us can’t help but marvel at it all. City Press spoke to some of Joburg’s best-decorated malls to find out how they made it all happen.

Cresta Shopping Centre

Cresta always dresses to the nines for the festive season, and this year is no different. With royal purple, white and silver, they turned their space into a great place for selfies.

Marketing manager Elena Yiallouris said: “We aim to create an engaging environment for our shoppers, and some of the pieces are perfect for selfies and photos with families and friends, like the coach and reindeer piece, as people can get into the coach for photos.”

The Magical Christmas Company (TMCC) is responsible for their décor, and the colours were chosen to “echo the lighting and decorative cladding throughout the centre”. Marvellous!

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Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch’s spectacular light display has been on everyone’s lips this year, with parents taking their kids there just to go see the decorations.

According to managing director Mike Vermaak, the aim was to recreate the excitement of Christmas in years gone by.

“Remember the days when families used to pile into their cars and drive through the streets of Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, admiring the beautiful Christmas lights on display?”

Baubles, fairies, a giant teddy bear, stars, reindeer, toys and gifts light up the area.

“Christmas lights were ordered from TMCC and imported from Poland,” said Vermaak.

“Part of the High Street was closed off to make a pedestrian walkway for the public, and a Christmas wonderland was created with lights, much to the delight of many families visiting Melrose Arch, as well as the diners at the restaurants in High Street and The Square.”

Be sure to go see it for yourself.

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Sandton City

It’s where Joburg’s well-heeled go to shop, so the decorations had to match the patrons. The mall is decorated with sophisticated baubles and warm fairy lights.

To start the month off, Nelson Mandela Square hosted a spectacular evening of Christmas carols called Carols on the Square – Under the African Sky with legendary conductor Richard Cock.

The space is now occupied by an authentically South African wire and fairy light baobab tree that you just have to see for yourself. They even have their very own Santa Claus in the Centre Court.

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