Christmas in South Africa is synonymous with pool parties, outdoor picnics and trips to the beach, including braai (barbecue).

And even if a vacation to South Africa means forgetting the snowman, reindeer and Christmas sweaters, blooming trees, bright colors, white sand beaches and long baths that characterize the country during these dates, you will not be disappointed.


What to do in South Africa at Christmas


-Visit a South African Christmas market

In early December, concerts fill the afternoons, lights illuminate the streets, and Christmas markets are held throughout the country, in both small villages and large cities.


-Johannesburg and its surroundings: living in a fairy tale

The largest city in South Africa hosts many events during the festive season.

Those held at Melrose Arch are known to be particularly popular with early risers who start looking for Christmas gifts as early as November. To bring back the true magic of Christmas, Melrose Arch organizes a series of events for all tastes this year: from Moonlight markets dedicated to children, to vintage markets and festivals, there is no time to be bored. Families who enjoy theater performances will love Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol, on stage at Montecasino’s Pieter Toerien Theater until January 6. Another must-see is The Stables Village market (December 8), with more than 90 stalls selling art, toys, antiques, books, homemade jams and cakes.