Ditch the coast and celebrate Christmas in the city - here’s why

When December arrives, most Joburgers pack their bags and head for the coast, leaving behind a city buzzing with festive spirit. But what if we told you that Joburg has plenty of reasons to celebrate Christmas right here? We're about to give you five fantastic reasons to stay in the city this December.  


Unique festive markets

Experience the joy of Christmas shopping at some of the best markets Joburg has to offer. Bryanston Organic Market, Fourways Farmers Market, Rosebank Sunday Market and the Neighbourgoods Market are just a few of the top spots that transform into a winter wonderland with festive decorations, artisanal gifts, and mouthwatering food stalls. You can shop for handmade crafts, locally designed fashion, and one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying live music and the festive atmosphere. It's the perfect place to find those special presents for your loved ones. More importantly you can enjoy the holiday spirit while supporting local artisans and vendors – a true win-win. 

Spectacular light displays

Joburg may not have the ocean to set the backdrop, but it more than makes up for it with its dazzling light displays. The city streets, malls and neighbourhoods come alive with enchanting illuminations, transforming the city into a Christmas wonderland. Melrose Arch and Sandton City are especially known for their extravagant displays. The dazzling Christmas trees and colourful ornaments create a magical, fairy-tale atmosphere that serve as the perfect backdrop for memorable holiday selfies and family photos. 

Culinary delights

Christmas is a time for feasting, and you can’t go wrong with Joburg’s incredible culinary scene. Many restaurants in the city offer special Christmas menus that showcase the diverse flavours of South Africa. From traditional braais to gourmet fine dining experiences, there's something for every taste. Radisson RED Rosebank, for example, will be hosting a Christmas lunch that’s perfect for the whole family! For just R795 per person, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, a delightful buffet, live entertainment, and a kids' play area, making it a festive feast that'll bring smiles to every family member's face. To reserve your spot, email info.rosebank@radissonred.com.  

Outdoor adventures

While the coastal cities might offer beachfront relaxation, Joburg has its own unique outdoor adventures to offer. Take a day trip to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden where you can start your day with an accelerating hike, followed by a picnic. For those who crave more adventure, take a sho’t left into Soweto and get your adrenaline pumping with either bungee jumping or rock climbing at Soweto Towers. Continue the fun with a quad-biking adventure tour to Vilakazi Street. Joburg's proximity to various outdoor attractions means you can have an action-packed and memorable Christmas. 

Less congestion, more relaxation

One of the biggest advantages of celebrating Christmas in Joburg is the significantly reduced congestion compared to coastal cities. While Durban and Cape Town are inundated with holidaymakers, Joburg remains relatively peaceful and stress-free. You won't have to endure endless traffic jams or crowded beaches, which means more relaxation and less hassle. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city's attractions without the overwhelming crowds.  So, this Christmas season don't be quick to hop on a plane to the coast. The City of Gold offers a unique and exciting Christmas experience.