Mayday… mayday… Anything open on the 25th of December 2019?

Dec 9, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

You ate all the Christmas pies and opened all the presents … and now you’re keen for a little downtime or some Jozi fresh air. Or you’re just looking for a fun day out because it’s holiday time. We phoned ahead for you to check what’s open in and around Mzansi and P-town on Christmas Day. 


Drinks with a view 

Being in Joburg over the festive season (Christmas day or not) shouldn’t feel like any old day. How about sipping some bubbles looking over a mostly sleepy Joburg from one of the city’s most sought after decks? Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff will be serving a Christmas Day Champagne Brunch from 12h00. After all the formalities are done, you’ll get to enjoy the rest of Christmas Day from the hotel’s vantage point. In the event that drinks go on all day and you get hungry, an à la carte menu will be served from 18h00. 

67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg 

011 481 6000 

Movie time 

That’s right – Ster Kinekor movie theatres across the country are open on Christmas Day! There’s a lot of family time over the festive period isn’t there? So, by the time Christmas Day actually rolls around, it may have all been a little too much. Nonetheless, the big fat Christmas dinner was a hit: No one argued, complained about the food or stormed out over an old family feud and, really, you want to quit while you’re ahead. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend the rest of the day together as a family but with significantly less engagement, a movie is just the thing. 


Feeling lucky? 

You may not have got what you really wanted for Christmas, but maybe Santa left a little luck in your stocking this year. Whether you’re a blackjack pro or just keen to throw some dice and squeal when it goes your way, you’ll be pleased to know that the slots and tables at Montecasino and Time Square in Pretoria are open on Christmas Day. And when the budget for your casino outing is all done (#responsiblegambling), you and your mates can grab a bite and a beer as most of the restaurants at the shopping complex are open as well. 

Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg 

011 510 7000 

209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria 

0860 846 377 

lekker lunch 

Not in the mood to spend hours in the kitchen prepping lunch for the family? Don’t worry – we don’t blame you! The good news is that not all kitchens will be closed on Christmas Day. Here are some really delicious options to consider: 

LeSi Singing RestaurantQuick disclaimer: As the performers will be on their annual holiday, there won’t be singing, but there will there be a menu to write home about. And, of course, there’s the whole of 2020 to come back and enjoy the singing waiters 

5 Darlington Road, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria 

012 348 8820 


De Kloof Restaurant: This upscale restaurant is a really special place. You can look forward to creative European-style cuisine with local influencers, fantastic service plus great pictures for Instagram. Book a table out on the terrace if possible. 

Waterkloof Golf Estate, corner of Johan Rissik Drive & Eclipse Road, Pretoria 

073 092 8562 

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