Activities and festive season fun for the holidays

2017-12-17 00:00 - Phumlani S Langa
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Celebrate the festive season with everything from cocktail festivals to baking classes for kids – and even get some last-minute shopping in. Phumlani S Langa sorts out your schedule in the gig guide like no other.


Bright Young Chefs – Xmas Tree Brownies

You’re invited to join a holiday baking club. The little chefs in the family will dig this, and they’re sure to pick up loads of helpful baking tips to delight their friends and family. Check out the other Bright Young Chefs events on Quicket for details on gingerbread, cupcakes and fruit mince pie classes.

Where: 123 Kessel Street, Fairland

22 December 

Cost: R150 at

Joburg Cocktail Festival

It’s time to unwind with everything refreshing, tasty, cold and adorned with an umbrella. Innovative chefs will also delight your taste buds with delicious appetisers.

Where: The Sands, Sandton

December 17, from 12pm

Cost: R200 to R600 at

A Christmas Carol

“Bah, humbug!” Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous exclamation will be heard this Christmas season as Crewworks brings this classic holiday story to life.

Where: Pieter Toerien’s Upstairs Studio Theatre, Montecasino 

When: Runs until 14 January 

Cost: R130 to R180 at


Tshwane Christmas Festival

Staying in Gauteng for Christmas and need somewhere to take the kids? The Tshwane Christmas Market offers a beautiful evening outside with lights, a market and a Clamber Club playground for the kids. Picnic on the grass in the amphitheatre and be sure to join the Christmas Angel as she leads the carols by candlelight on a spectacular stage.

Where: Freedom Park

Until December 30 (except December 25)

Cost: R80 at

Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu

Catch these two living legends in concert. They have made more than 20 albums over a shared career spanning 52 years.

Where: SA State Theatre

December 17, 3pm

Cost: R150 to R300 at

Daddy Take a Child to Picnic

This event is aimed at strengthening the bond between father and child. The theme is white and denim, and there’ll be music, free food for the kids and fun activities for daddy and the young ones to do together. Check the Facebook events page for more details.

Where: Marapyane

23 December 

Cost: R60 to R100 at Spar (Marapyane)


Colour Fest Reloaded

Community group We Love Eldos presents this electronic music festival. Twins on Decks and a host of other beat conductors are on hand to hit you with some vibrant and memorable tunes. 

Where: Klippies Corner, Eldorado Park

When: 17 December 

Cost: R50 at the door

SoCo Show Block Party Sellout Season

This will be a block party like no other. Expect a huge amount of fun at the Endiginouse & Arcade & Game Zone. Take a bicycle tour and check out the graffiti walls, food market, clothing stalls and a beer garden. To get your dance on, there’ll be deejays and live bands.

Where: Meadowlands, Zone 9 Terminus

17 December 

Cost: R50 at the gate

Namela Saturdays

If you’re looking for a little family fun, try out Namela Saturdays. Bring your picnic basket, blankets, folding chairs and have a braai while the kids get involved with fossil-digging, face-painting, pony rides and a mobile train.

Where: Soweto Equestrian Centre, Elkha Stadium, Rockville

When: Every Saturday

Cost: R50 to R60 at the gate; cooler box R50


Carols at Kirstenbosch Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Bring the whole family and a picnic basket for a magical evening in a beautiful garden setting. The melodious sound of Christmas carols presented by the Cape Town Concert Brass band and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir will delight you and yours. What’s more festive than that?

Where: Kirstenbosch Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

When: 17 December 

Cost: R30 to R125 at 


The Port Elizabeth Christmas Expo

Do you have some last-minute shopping to do? Browse all things bright and beautiful to fill up those Christmas stockings. There’ll be unique jewellery, craft stalls, ceramics, décor, kids’ stuff, entertainment and a whole lot more.

Where: Walmer Town Hall

When: 17 December 

Cost: Free entrance


Christmas Lights in the Park

Bring the family and delight in a garden of lights, festive sounds and entertainment, including live performances and shows for the whole family.

Where: Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga

When: Until December 30 (except December 25)

Cost: R50 at

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