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Revel in the magic – see the city at its most sparkly

Dec 2, 2019, Author: Candice May

Around November, the City of Gold transforms into a magical wonderland with all the Christmas lights. Joburg displays range from over-the-top à la inflatable Santas and reindeer to simpler (but just as festive) versions. Get ready to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at these landmarks that create the most picturesque holiday light displays during the festive season. 


Destination Christmas 

To usher in the festive season, Melrose Arch undergoes a transformation, as the shopping precinct festoons High Street with elaborate Christmas lights. And we’re not talking about a simple Christmas tree: Among the spectacular pieces you’ll see are a life-size Santa Claus, reindeer, teddy bear and gifts. The Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir graces the stage and at the very sound of their voices, the gorgeously crafted decorations come to life and light up the streets. Yes, Melrose Arch is a major tourist trap during the holidays, but you can’t deny its beauty. You can still be a jaded Joburger without being a total Grinch! Our advice is to wait until the out-of-towners have gone to bed so you can view the décor free of crowds. 

Melrose Arch, corner of Corlett Drive & M1 Highway, Melrose 


Garden of Lights

Get your camera ready for this one! Emperors Palace is one of the most cheerful and well-lit landmarks during the merriest time of year. It’s no shock, since the venue is known for its always-packed The Magic of Christmas show featuring Ryan Sharp. The light displays, funfair rides and Santa’s workshops in the gardens of the Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel is just another seasonal signifier that Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa Claus, the Enchanted Fairy, Gift the Present, the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Special Elves and Emperors Palace’s very own Garden Princess are certainly captivating enough to make us want to stop and take a photo or two. The best part? Proceeds from entrance fees are donated to Reach for a Dream and the Peermont Children’s and Education Trusts. 

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park 


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