The 947 Holiday Gig Guide

The holiday season is upon us and if you're going to be hanging around our beautiful city, we've got you covered with what's happening in Joburg.

It’s finally December and of course, as 947; we’ve got you covered in terms of what you can get up to this holiday. Our beautiful city is full of fun, simple and even cost effective things to get up to. Whether you’re on a tight budget, or you’ve got a money tree growing this December, here are the things that are totally worth your time and money this festive in the City of Gold.

Ultra Glow Colour Cruz

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and enjoy bursts of colour powder, then the Ultra Glow Colour Cruz is just for you! A Sunday packed with exciting challenges like a 10km colour cycle or 5km colour Cruz that is sure to get your heart racing. Grab your packets of coloured powder and paint the town any colour you wish, as the final phase of the Cruz takes place from 1-8th of December at Reitvlei Zoo Farm, with tickets ranging from R210 and are available at Quicket.

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Hint Hunt

We can firmly put the amazing live escape game forward as the perfect place to have your yearend function at work. However, they don’t only offer their services to companies, but to friends and family too. One usually leaves Hint Hunt ready to come back with family and friends because of how much fun is had. On the website, the exciting game is explained: “Players are locked in a themed room in groups of 2-6 and must put together the hidden clues they find to overcome various mental tasks in order to escape the room before the 60 minute timer hits 0!” It’s an unforgettable experience and you can choose to spend an afternoon or a cocktail night with the enthusiastic Hint Hunt team. They provide delicious eats and drinks and they customize all their packages according to your needs as a family or a group of friends. Find out more about them here.

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Silverstar Casino Beach Fest

The West Rand’s favourite entertainment spot is doing the incredible service of making sure that Joburg doesn’t miss out on any of the coastal fun this festive with their beach festival. They are turning the Silverstar square into a beach paradise this festive season. It starts on the 13th of December and it’s going until the 6th of January. They’ve promised beach fun for the kids, sunset cocktails for the grownups, sizzling food specials and live entertainment. Holiday fun awaits and it’s perfect for the whole family. For more information about this event, click here.

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Deep In The City

The King of Deep House decided it was imperative that deep house be celebrated throughout December in the beautiful city of gold and we’re here for it. Every Sunday, Black Coffee and DJs such as Euphonik bring a whole vibe to the Republic of 94 in Braamfontein. It’s nothing but good music, yummy drinks and great company. With sets from the like of Euphonik, De Capo and Euphonik, it’s the perfect way to wind down any weekend. It’s happening until the 6th of January.

Christmas Carol At Monte Casino

Any and every Christmas is made by the Charles Dickens classic: A Christmas Carol. It’s showing at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Monte Casino from the 28th of November until the 6th of January 2019. It’s the production that is said to get you into festive sprirt and remind us what the season is all about. For more information, click here.

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Christmas Village At Monte

From 12-17 December, Monte Casino is turning the Piazza and Grassy Area into an enchanting Christmas market and it’s not only cost effective, but it also sounds like all the right kind of fun for the whole family. It’s their 5th annual Christmas Village where over 60 exhibitors will be showcasing all-things-Christmas. The kids will be able to enjoy their favourite movies, such as; The Incredibles 2 and Over the Hedge at 6PM daily. The shopping I nonstop with unique gifts and festive décor on sale. Entry fee is only R10 and kids under 12 years and pensioners get free entry. For more information click here.

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Friends Summer Market 2018

If you’re up for a little bit of a drive with the destination of a fun market, them the Friends Summer Market is where you need to make your way to on the 1st of December. Entry is R10 and you’ll get to enjoy the ‘transformed shed in the tranquil countryside’ where fine food and designed goods are promised. For more information, check out their Facebook Page.

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Dave Chapelle In SA

When it comes to comedy shows this festive, the comedy show that you can’t afford to miss is brought to us courtesy of Live Nation Comedy and Real Comedy. The American stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle will be bringing his brash brand of comedy to the continent for the first time with three shows in South Africa. His Joburg show is happening on the 5th of December at Monte Casino and this is definitely a first that we trust will be more than enjoyable. To get more information about this event, click here.

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Queen – It’s a Kind Of Magic

Emperor’s Palace is bringing us ‘Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic!’ to their Theatre of Marcellus from 30 November – 31 December 2018. The production comes all the way from Australia and it recreates the famous band’s 1986 World Tour concert and you get to be entertained by over 20 of the greatest hits. It’s said to be the closest you’ll get to the real thing. For more information, click here.

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Abantu Book Festival 2018

The 6-9 of December, the Abantu Book Festival sets out to celebrate the rich and diverse African literary heritage. Poetry, musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, dance, photography, local literature and so much more will be in the spotlight and it is said to be suitable for the whole family. Over 4 days, the day events will be held at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo and the night sessions will be at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani. For more information, click here.

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The Stables Village Vintage Christmas Market

Throughout the year, the Stables Village Market has many different themes for their markets. Their Christmas themed market is bringing us a vintage festive feeling. It will be featuring antiques, collectables, and a variety of unique stalls, good food and craft beer. It’s suitable for the whole family and its taking place in Fourways. For more information, click here.

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Joburg Ballet

Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella is going to be showing at the Monte Casino Teatro from 14 to 23 December. “Cinderella offers and unmissable chance for Teatro audiences to enjoy Joburg’s World-Class Ballet Company as it expands its reach this holiday season.” From the kids to Granny and Grandpa, it’s a treat for the whole family when it comes to this beautiful production brimming with charm and magic. To book your tickets, click here.

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Black Coffee – Music Is King

The first-ever ‘Music Is King’ is an international concert experience brought to us by internationally acclaimed DJ & producer, Black Coffee, who was recently crowned Best Deep House DJ 3rd year in a row at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain

The line-up is packed with both local international superstars: Swizz Beatz with an exclusively curated set for his SA fans; &ME, whose hit track ‘Muye’ remixed by Black Coffee is on high rotation in SA right now; Nasty C; Burna Boy; Riky Rick; Burna Boy; Kenzhero; DJ China and Lady Zamar; PLUS an Epic Black Coffee set featuring an orchestra, a choir and special guest artists.

Get your tickets now at Webtickets or Pick n Pay. ‘Music Is King’ is in association with 947 and Channel O.

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12 Pubs of Christmas

We’re always here for some silly fun and 13 Pubs of xmas is definitely bringing the fun side of the festive season to life. It’s been dubbed: “Jozi’s most outrageous Christmas-themed pub crawl”. On the 15th of December, you’ll get to dress up in your most interesting Christmas outfit and make your way to 12 pubs in the 1Fox Precint. You grab a drink at each pub and have some fun for the time that you’re there. However, please do remember to stay safe and drink responsibly. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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Soweto Ink Festival

The Soweto Ink Festival is definitely a must for all tattoo lovers. The best tattoo artists in Joburg will be showcasing their works of art, there’ll be 10 000 tattoo voucher giveaways and a hot line-up for the day. It’s taking place on the 16th of December at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto. Tickets are R100 per person on Soweto Ink Festival.

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Honeydew A-MAZE-ing Mazes

There are many ways to test ones character and to reveal who they truly are. It is even more fun when doing it as a family in a different and adventurous way, more especially this festive season. Honeydew has an exciting range of incredible games and mazes, such as wobblers , rope maze and giant maze, to name a few ,just to challenge friends and families of all ages in the most competitive, yet fun way. No groups are too small or too large to complete the challenges and children are not allowed to into the maze without an adult. The maze takes at least 90 minutes to complete and has a 3.5km pathway to keep you guessing. Everyone who completes the challenge gets an ice-cream from coffee Shop. This is a perfect way to spend time with the whole family. For more information, click here.

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Lion Park

A fun filled adventure for the whole family to see Africa’s most incredible wildlife in the most surreal way. The Lion Park offers guided game drives to educate and give the best Safari experience. They offer different tours and attractions at the Lion Park, for example, they have the Lion & Wild Dog Tour, Night Feeding Tour, Cub Interaction, Cheetah walk. These are just some of the activities one can get up to, as they have plenty more in stores for visitors. Visit their website for more information.

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Battlezone Paintball

Catering for different and a wide range of events such as birthday parties; both adults and kids, bachelor parties, corporate functions and many more, Battlezone paintball should definitely be in your itinerary for places to visit this festive season , for a little down time with either family , friends or even colleagues. They promise to be a place for great team building, stress relief, communication and interaction. It is just plain fun for all. If this is for you, more information is found on their website.

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Art Gallery

Johannesburg is known for its creativity and very talented people. With that, there are many must see or must visit art galleries in the beautiful city. There are renowned and contemporary art galleries in Johannesburg that showcase local and international artwork. Some of those incredible art galleries include Absa Art Gallery, Circa on Jellicoe Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Ngwenya Arts and Craft Gallery. There is something incredible about the weekend strolls through excellent art galleries and exhibitions.

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Gold Reef City

One of the best and most loved amusement and theme park in Johannesburg in Gold Reef City. They have over 16 thrill rides for adults and 14 dedicated rides for kiddies. Their prices are affordable and is a perfect place to spend a fun filed day with family and friends. Gold Reef City has something for everyone. If you are not into the theme park , they have a casino that constantly is alive with excitement and energy , you can also watch live shows at the barnyard theatre or you can enjoy and have fun in their action packed ten-pin bowling alley. Fr more information, visit their website.

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Action Sports - Meyersdal

Their motto is Action speaks louder than words, which in their terms means providing an environment where groups of friends, family and workmates can enjoy playing social sports and participate in recreational pursuits all year round. They offer indoor sports such action cricket, netball, hockey , action soccer and action sandball. They received a nomination in 2012 for Best Soccer Arena. They also offer a kids play area and restaurant. A place suitable for the whole family. Visit their website for more information.

Goliath Comedy Club

Goliath & Goliath have become one of the most renowned entertainment agency. They are award winning and praised for creating new platforms for comedy in South Africa. They agency was established in 2014 ad since then, they seem to be loved nationwide. Goliath and Goliath have shows all over the country, on a weekly basis, making everyone laugh. They have provided for new and experienced comedians. They are also developing and educating audiences and helping corporates discover the power of comedy. Attending one of their shows in the month of December would definitely be a great idea to unwind and have a good laugh with loved ones.

Soweto Towers

For the adrenaline lovers, Soweto towers brings nothing but that , as they offer bungee jump, which is a 100m high , straight jacket bungee, paintballing, scad freefall( world’s highest) & base jump. Their experiences are very affordable and lead by jumpmasters that are handpicked and trained by the owner himself, who has 20 years of bungee and extreme sports experience. To visit and to know more about the fun activities at Soweto towers, visit their website.

Northgate Ice Rink

This is a fun activity to partake in with the whole family. Both kids and adults are helped and taught to skate, if trying it for the first time, also by holding on to the rail. Different genres of music is played at the ice rink to keep everyone entertained while they skate. Snacks ,hot food and beverages are available at their kiosk and they offer party and corporate functions, as well. Visit Northgate Mall this festive season and try out their ice rink.

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All Night Jozi Inner City Festival

All Night is Jozi’s most immersive Inner-City Festival that brings together lovers of House and Hip Hop music on the most mind-altering stage production ever put together. This festival headlined by Timo ODV takes place on 16 December, Carfax Newton and tickets are available at Webtickets from R40-R800 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here..

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Matilda - The Musical

The multi-award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. A musical and theatrical experience that is suitable for the entire family, taking place from the 1st-2nd of December. Tickets are available at Computickets for only R260

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Bounce - Fourways

Bounce Fourways is a massive indoor trampoline park in Johannesburg that provides an adrenaline rush and excitement for all ages. Taste the rush of extreme sports and freestyle gymnastics with more than 100 interconnected trampolines, slam-dunk arenas and dodgeball courts. If you need to host a birthday party or would like to book the arena for some fun time out with family, then Bounce in Fourways is the place just for you! For more of their service offerings visit their them at Bounce.

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Uncle Merv's - Maboneng

If there are two things that are a match made in heaven-its freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked croissants. Uncle Merv’s In Maboneng is the perfect place to get your day started with tasty smoothies, home-made muesli, sandwiches and more. A sidewalk kiosk situated in Maboneng that has a variety of additional offerings such as bike hire-for the adventurous.

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Zoo Lake - Feed The Ducks & Take a Boat Ride

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to enjoy to an afternoon on a row boat while feeding ducks and geese, then the Feed The Ducks and Take A Boat Out on Zoo Lake is the place for you. If feeding ducks and geese is not what you're interested in, you can simply enjoy a picnic out with friends or a special ‘someone’. The boat club is open from 09:30 - 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday, a minimum charge of R15 will get you a boat and adults are charged R10 per hour.

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Views From The Tallest Skyscraper

Take a ride on an elevator up 50 floors to see the awe-inspiring view from the top of the Carlton Centre. Whether you enjoy adventurous rides or have always wanted to conquer your fear of Acrophobia- this view from the tallest skyscraper will suffice. Admission fees to the ‘Top of Africa’ will cost adults R15 and R10 for children under 12 years old.

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Zorb @ Jozi-X

Jozi X has the longest zorb ride in South Africa. Climb into the 3-metre diameter inflatable ball and roll down the 200-metre long slope. Apart from the Zorb rides, Jozi X has more activities such as bubble soccer and slacklining. Get ahead of all fun activities to do at Jozi X by booking a session from Wednesday - Sunday

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