Where To See Christmas Light Displays This Year

Christmas is a magical time and to get you in the festive spirit, we've compiled a list of the best Christmas light displays that will be taking place this year.

Please note: Ensure that you wear your face masks at all times at these destinations and stick to the social distancing protocols. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various Christmas light display events may be cancelled for 2020. The events below have been confirmed. Please contact the event organisers for more information. 

Joburg Zoo’s Festival Of Lights

  • Date: Sunday, 22 November 2020 – Sunday, 03 January 2021.
  • Where: Joburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Ave and Upper Park Drive, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Joburg Zoo, The City of Johannesburg and Joburg Theatre proudly present the second annual Festival Of Lights. Open daily from 19:00 to 22:00 (except on Mondays), visitors will get to enjoy the magic and beauty of enchanting, illuminated life-size animal characters that are sure to delight guests of all ages. The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will also offers exciting entertainment, delicious nibbles and craft night market perfect for some festive shopping. Tickets to this stunning event costs R150 per person and children under 3 years of age enter for free. Click here to get your tickets now.

Destination Christmas 2020 At Melrose Arch

  • Date: Friday, 06 November 2020 – Sunday, 10 January 2021.
  • Where: Melrose Arch Precinct, Corlett Drive, Melrose North, Birnam, Johannesburg.

Destination Christmas at Melrose Arch is a firm favourite for both young and old. Every year, the precinct puts on a dazzling display of festive Christmas lights, featuring a golden carriage, a Chinese dragon, a picturesque snow scene and all your favourite Christmas characters, all coming together to create a magical atmosphere. Bring your whole family to the precinct for the enchanting light display. Please remember that when you visit Destination Christmas, you are required to wear face masks at all times and adhere to social distancing protocols. Click here for more information.

Melrose Arch

Wonderland Of Lights 2020

  • Date: Friday, 04 December 2020 to Thursday, 24 December 2020 from 18:00 to 22:00
  • Venue: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Gather the family and make your way to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden this December for their beautiful display of Christmas lights. The Wonderland of Lights will be showcasing a mesmerising festive lights display complete with Christmas carols chanting in the background to create just that cheerful and relaxed vibe we deserve after such a challenging year. Entrance costs R80 per adult, R70 per pensioner, R50 per child aged between 6 and 18, and a ticket for a family of four is R220. Click here to get your tickets.