The best way to get into the Christmas spirit around this time of year is actually partaking in the silliness. Decorate your tree, go out and buy outdoor lights that blink rapidly giving your neighbours epilepsy, make way too much eggnog and of course the annual carolling celebrations around Joburg.
Bryanston Carols by Candlelight
As one of my favourite markets there is very little I find wrong with this place. The Bryanston Organic Market makes for a nice trip regardless of there being any events on but with something as special as their Carols by Candlelight you are bound to have a great time. Find unique Christmas gifts as well as a nativity parade at 19h00 followed by the Carols by Candlelight ceremony.
Venue: Culross road, off Main Road, Bryanston
Date: Tuesday, 7th, 14th and 21st December, 2010 from 17h00 to 21h00
The Joburg Zoo is hosting two very special events this year. The first is the big tree of lights being switched on taking place on the Saturday, 28th of November and the second being the Carols by Candlelight hosted by Khaya FM taking place on the Sunday, 5th of December, 2010. The tree of lights is truly spectacular, you buy a bulb and place it on the tree with all the profits going to charity. Call +27 11 646 2000 for more info.
Venue: Johannesburg Zoo, Upper Park Drive, Parkview
Date: Saturday, 28th of November and Sunday, 5th of December, 2010
Cost: R30 to R50
Carols at Montecasino
Gauteng’s number 1 tourist destination brings you a carols by candlelight to remember with Jacaranda 94.2 DJ’s as well as the sounds of Kurt Darren; Nianell, Romanz and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Venue: Outdoor Piazza, Montecasino, Fourways
Date: Thursday, 9th of December, 2010. Gates open 16h00 to 17h00
Cost: Free (first come first serve)
Carols in the Botanical Gardens
Join The Mzansi Youth Choir and Band in singing traditional Christmas carols at the beautiful Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. The programme includes Marimba Kids, Festival Pipes and Drum band as well as the arrival of Santa Claus. Candles will be on sale in aid of the Botanical Society of SA.
Venue: Concert Lawn, Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden, Roodepoort
Date: Saturday, 4th of December, 2010
Cost: R15 to R50
Christmas Carols in Lonehill Park
The Lonehill Residents’ Association are hosting a Carols by Candlelight in Lonehill Park directed by Ralf Schmitt and featuring the Mzansi Choir. Bring your own blankets and picnic basket for a great night out picnicking with the family to get you in that Christmas mood.
Venue: Lonehill Park, Lonehill
Date: Sunday, 28th of November, 2010 at 17h00
Cost: R20 to R50
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