To be honest we just cannot wait for the festive season!! Melrose Arch is bringing the magic back to Christmas this festive season with an amazing array of Christmas lights throughout the precinct and plenty of fun for the whole family – can we get a yay, Hello Joburgers!!
From 16 November to 3 January, families will be able to visit Melrose Arch and walk through the streets and Retail Galleria, which will be decorated with Christmas lights galore. Baubles, fairies, a giant teddy bear, stars, reindeer, toys, gifts and more – everything children love and associate with Christmas will be up in lights.
The Christmas lights will be turned on at a special ceremony in Melrose Arch’s High Street on Thursday, 16 November at 6.30pm. The public is invited to attend and watch as the lights are turned on. From 6.30pm to 8pm, there’ll be plenty of entertainment, including performances by the Smile Foundation ambassadors Harry Sideropoulos, Loyiso Bala and Tshedi Mholo of Malaika.
At 7.30pm, when the lights are switched on, the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will start singing Christmas carols and the public is welcome to join in. Candles will be on sale for a nominal fee and all proceeds will be donated to Melrose Arch’s CSI partner, the Smile Foundation.
The Smile Foundation is a South African NGO that assists children with any type of treatable facial abnormality, such as cleft palate and lip, burn victims and Moebius syndrome, to receive corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Hedley Lewis, Smile Foundation Executive Director – Finance and Fundraising, says the foundation is grateful for this incredible support from Melrose Arch. “Christmas is such a special time for children; they are captivated by its magic, which illicits such a sense of wonder in them. Through festive initiatives like this with Melrose Arch – which children absolutely love – we are able to help hundreds more South African children, and give them the gift of a smile. By correcting facial anomalies and burn scarring, we help give these children a shot at a normal life, so they too may experience everyday joys, like the magic of Christmas,” he says.
Every weekend, from 17 November to 24 December, there will be a host of family fun, including choirs, Christmas carols, street entertainment, Santa Claus, magicians and more.
The end of the year is a busy time for everyone so to make life easier, extended shopping hours will help customers get all their shopping done in time. From 16 November to 16 December, all stores will stay open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday and public holidays (and remember, 24 November is Black Friday, so there will be amazing bargains up for grabs, as well as free parking at Melrose Arch for the day upon presentation of a till slip at the Concierge Desk).
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