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Guys, the festive season is literally around the corner. As some of you might know we have 3 biiiiiig markets during December to cater for all your Christmas shopping needs. Not only is this a great place to buy handmade, one of a kind and beautiful gifts but it’s also a festive get together of friends, family, locals and out-of-towners.
OCEAN HEROS SURF SWIM
Be part of the 2016 Ocean Heroes Surf Swim. Start at North Beach. Swim approximately 100 metres out around a buoy then head south for approximately 650 metres and return back to North Beach. The course is designed to be inclusive therefore you will start further South if the surf is considered rough by management.
- When: 04 December 2016
THE SAVANNA DURBAN SUMMER COMEDY FESTIVAL
As if Durban didn’t have a lot going for it already, the city can now add “Funniest Place to be This Summer” to its credentials. That’s what happens when 32 top South African comedians are booked to perform six shows over four days in and around Durban, for the second annual Savanna Durban Summer Comedy Festival from 14 to 17 December.
NEW YEAR EVE PARTY | FACT DURBAN ROCK 2016
Fact Durban Rocks is back with a BANG! For some, this annual event is the highlight of the festive season, for others, the highlight of the entire year! Over 15 000 people from all over SA gather to bring in the new year not only in the coolest city in the country, but at its most iconic venue too.
#FDR, as it’s referred by its thousands of fans and ambassadors, boasts the biggest artist line-up in South African House, Hip Hop and Kwaito over two massive stages and several other entertainment areas. The main stage goes live with SABC1’s Come Duze show from 9pm till 1am with a new act performing every 20 to 30 minutes. This high rotation of only the best artists is what keeps 3 million people glued to their seats, watching the action and performances as they unfold live from Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Of course, nothing compares to the feeling of being there on the night, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, dancing with friends, watching the spectacular fireworks show at midnight and making lifelong memories under the stars. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the hottest event of the year.
- Date: Thursday 31 December 2015
- Venue: People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium
- Time: 18h00 – 06h00
- Tickets: General – R200, thereafter R250, VIP – Early bird R650, thereafter R750, V-VIP – R1800.
FRANSCHHOEK CAP CLASSIQUE & CHAMPAGNE FESTIVAL
With gourmet nibbles to die for and bubbles that make you sing. This is the place to be. Drink your way through this delightful affair so that the only difference you’d find between Methode Cap Classique and Champagne will be the different pitch of your happy laughter.
- Where: Out of town – locations, Franschhoek
- When: Early Dec
These are just about everywhere and can make Christmas gift shopping a little more of a pleasant experience rather than trying to navigate around crowded malls alive with the sound of screaming kiddies and frustrated parents. This year we’re looking forward to : Stellenbosch Slow Market Christmas On Fire 2-3 December.
This is one that caught my eye and may appeal to foodies or anyone interested to know just what is edible and how to prepare it once you’ve picked it off the rocks and take it home. It is a half day course which starts off with a snack on the rocks and an introduction to local edible seaweed.
THE KAAPSA KLOPSE
Although the annual march will take place on 30th & 31 December, the musical celebration will take place on 2 Jan 2017. Also know as Die Tweede Nuwe Jaar the colourful Cape Minstrels (also known as the Kaapse Klopse) take over the streets of the Mother City to put on a dazzling show for locals and visitors alike.
The biggest Afrosoul event of the year brought to you by Thikho Events and powered by #AfroGoesEast. The biggest Afrosoul event for all family members featuring activities such as a picnic, food court, refreshments garden, kids playground, exhibition and music. The inaugural lineup for the festival is headlined by a trio of Afrosoul, multi-award winning songstresses and vocalists, Zonke Dikana, Lira and Zahara.
- Venue: Carnival City
- Date:3 December 2016
- Cost : R200 – R350, and R150 for Kids.
BLACK COFFEE, SOUND OF IBIZA
After much anticipation and a 5 year break – One Productions heads back to the East Rand and man oh man have they pulled out all the stops to make this the most memorable comeback possible. The event takes place at the beautiful Ciello Resto-Lounge ar The Lakes Hotel in Benoni which plays host to this party of epic proportions with the enourmous Black Coffee as the headliner.
- Venue: Cielo Resto-Lounge 1 Country Lane, Lakefield, Benoni, Lakesid
- Date: 3 December 2016
- Cost: R199 to R299
BRYANSTON ORGANIC CHRISTMAS MOONLIGHT MARKET
Established in 1976 the Bryanston Organic Moonlight Market is Johannesburg’s oldest outdoor market . Along with organic fruit and veg, there are over 140 stalls offering delicious deli foods; crafts, gifts, jewellery & clothing made from only natural materials.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE 99 HITS PARTY
Get ready for the most daring 99 Hits rock show ever to hit the Barnyard Theatre stage. Featuring a colourful versatile cast that will rewind to synth pop, new wave and arena rock in the most authentic style. Watch how Elvis takes on Cliff Richard and Cher takes on Mick Jagger, and how Katy Perry takes on Miley Cyrus.
BRYANT PARK WINTER VILLAGE
There is always so much to do in NYC yet the one thing everyone looks forward to is the return of the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the big green space behind the NYC Post Office. With the 1580 square metre ice rink and more than 100 shopping and food kiosks, it can only mean one thing. The holidays have arrived. And yes, entry to the ice rink is free.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has become a worldwide symbol of the holidays in New York City. This year the tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, 30 November with live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The tree will remain lit until 7th January 2017.
A Bronx Tale, The Musical – Opens 01 December. Directed by Robert de Niro and Jerry Zaks. Based on the one man musical which inspired the classic movie. This is one not to be missed if you’re in the Big Apple. Produced by Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers with Tribeca Productions.
NEW YEARS EVE
Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year’s Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration – it’s a global tradition.
HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND
Indulge in the annual gathering of winter markets, festive fairground rides , ice skating and gluwein galore. The closest tube stations are Marble Arch, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria and Knightsbridge. Entry to the Winter Wonderland is free and tickets for ice skating, The Sooty Christmas Show and others can be booked in advance.
These are just about everywhere but our picks are: Leicester Square, Southbank Centre and the Real Food Christmas Market. Whether it’s a gift you’re looking for or just something to bring home for a friend, you’re bound to find it at any of these markets plus mch more, like, special festive events, foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and a spot of glüwein to keep you warm and in the merry spirit of the season.
Sleeping Beauty – With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame and budget East End prices, Hackney’s panto is typically one of the best out there. This year, panto-writing dream team Susie McKenna and Steve Edis are spinning the yarn of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle and sends everyone into an enchanted slumber.
NEW YEARS EVE
The magnificent fireworks display which showers the Thames with light each New Year’s Eve is now ticketed due to the huge numbers of people who crowd the riverbank to get a good view. The mighty New Year’s Eve fireworks display over the river is not to be misses if you’re in the city.
Yes, in Paris, it’s a must. From Galeries Lafayette to Printemps to Bon Marche Rive Gauche, in keeping with tradition, window displays at big department stores become veritable works of art. Shop windows put on a show with amazing theatre sets featuring animated figures and magical decor in an interactive world. These are awe inspiring for both young and old.
DRINK THE STARS
If you have time, book yourself a trip outside the city to Champpagne and spend a day ‘drinking the stars’. Wander through the Roman chalk caves, see how champagne is made, and taste the bubbly in elegant salons of Grand Maisons de Champagne.
From The Craftsmens Village on the Champs Elysees to the market at La Defense markets abound in the city. Our favourite is the Trocadero at near the Eiffel Tower, with an ice rink and plenty of fun for the kids. There are two additional markets at the Eiffel Tower this year, one in front of the Quai Branly museum and the other at the foot of the Eiffel tower. Make sure you have plenty of Euros, there is plenty to buy!
NEW YEARS EVE:
Official Firework shows have been all but absent in Paris on the 31st in recent years, so don’t get your hopes up for seeing any on the skyline for New Year’s eve. You’ll probably see a few small ones launched by private groups. The Champs Elysee sees the biggest crowd of people on New Years Eve where you can get a good view of The Eiffel Tower which displays a sparkling dance of light at the stroke of midnight. The Arc de Triomphe will be the site of a grand event this year, so be there. If clubbing is more your scene then check out: Batofar, Nouveau Casino or La Fleche d’Or
***A common Paris treat for the New Year are papillottes, chocolates or other confections that pop like small firecrackers when you tear off the wrapping.***
The worlds winter capital has so much to do in the snow but our number one is a toboggan run down Korktrekkeren which starts at Frognerseteren and ends at Midtstuen metro station. The ride is 2000 metres long, and the elevation drop is 255 metres. One non-stop ride takes 8-10 minutes. (NOTE: The ride is only open when there is enough snow)
The Spikersuppa Ice Rink is free to the public but if you want to experience real snow fun get over to the Oslo Winter Park for a spot of skiing. The park is just 30 minutes from the city and has slopes for beginners and experienced skiers alike.
Hadeland Glassverk, Margaretakyrkan, Spikersuppa, Bogstad manor…yes, there are markets aplenty at this time of the year. Norway is very traditional in their Christmas celebrations so not only will you find traditional foods but also great traditional entertainment and a real feeling that “Santa is close” at any of the many markets in the city.
NEW YEARS EVE
Oslo’s official New Year’s Eve fireworks will be sent up from Furuset sports park and the harbor by City Hall. The NYE fireworks starts at midnight and last for about 10 minutes. But locals tend to enjoy the private pyrotechnics extravaganzas of their own backyards accompanied by house parties, so best make yourself a local friend and hopefully ‘crack the nod’ to their New Year celebration at home.
***Christmas in Norway is based on Christian traditions, with elements of old pagan as well as Jewish Hannukah. New traditions are added every year. The ‘main event’ is Christmas Eve with presents being opened after dinner. Traditional meals include, ribbe (pork ribs or pork belly, bone in), but lutefisk (cod cured in lye), pinnekjøtt (dry-cured ribs of lamb), boiled cod, ham roast and turkey accompanied by beer.***
GOURMET IN THE GARDENS
Hamilton gardens, Waikato An outdoor Gourmet Food market with food from around the Globe.There is something for everyone, with Jamaican Jerk chicken, Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese Baguettes, Fresh Fruit Ice Cream and so much more. Bring the whole family and your favourite deck chair, been bag or picnic rug. Sit and enjoy some great local musicians in the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. The kids will love the entertainment we provide while you get to relax and enjoy some great local entertainers on a Sunday evening. You can always take a walk around the amazing gardens and enjoy the views over Turtle Lake.
Every sunny Saturday join the Sweet Sounz All-stars and the awesome crew at Karaka Cafe for an afternoon of great food and music.Hosted by Awa, Beez & DJ Mikki Dee and with a rotating lineup of musical guests including Wellington’s number 1 R&B cover bands Boutique, Tyna Keelan, Tuari, Ihaka & Amber. It’s your chance to chance to have a beach party at the Wellington waterfront with the kids or even take a swim in the lagoon.
Underground Christmas Market in Wellington is the place to go for crafty, creative treats and gifts. Just Good Stuff, also in Wellington is a great place to pick up some real indie items, from jewellery to homeware and accessories, there are some great gift ideas to be found here. But don’t forget the Tapawera Christmas Fair in Nelson. This country fair has a $2 entry fee but you’re bound to find some unique gifts here. Check out the “gift barn”
Reggae By The River – Lake Taupo – headlined this year by UB40. The award-winning Modern Maori Quartet will also join the bill with a special ‘reggae’ set they are developing especially for this show. This suave Maori showband are in the same vein as forebears such as the Quin Tikis and the Howard Morrison Quartet. The concert will finish in time for fans to walk down to the waterfront for the spectacle of fireworks over the lake. Fun for the whole family.
BANPAE BEACH AND KOH SAMET FESTIVAL
This 6 day festival featuring a variety of competitions and performances such as boating around koh samet, seafood festival, entertainment from comedians, singers, celebrities etc. Always popular with locals and visitors alike.
- When: 6 – 10 December 2016
- Where: Koh Samet, Rayong
BANGKOK STREET SHOW
A successful and much anticipated outdoor festival with the event spanning a weekend in December. More than 30 performers from around the world, Street Shows with mimes, clowns, jugglers and acrobats are everywhere. These shows are spectacular and include fire eating, sword swallowing, and many other death defying antics.
- When: December 2016
- Where: Lumpini Park, Bangkok
CHRISTMAS STAR PARADE
The Santa Claus Parade includes more than 200 cars, Santa Claus and even angels. There is a nativity play. You can even catch a tram to Tha Rae village to visit a colonial style building that was influenced architecturally by the French.
- When: 23 – 25 December 2016
- Where: Sakhon Nakhon
One of the prettiest places in Asia to see in the New Year. The atmosphere heats up as day turns to night with live music festivals before the crowd counts down to the start of a new year. Massive fireworks light the night sky kicking it off in an explosion of colour. New Years Eve on Phuket beach has been one my best experiences ever. You can even get a chance to buy a Chinese lantern to make a wish with and send it up into the sky with your wishes for a great year ahead.
**Thailand is a Buddhist country but there are observations of the holidays even though schools and businesses do not close for Christmas. I have not made mention of any markets because as anyone who has ever been there will tell you :Markets are just about everywhere, on any day. ***
As the island is predominantly Christian and over Yuletide it comes alive with festive energy. The giant churches are beautifully decorated, there are countless markets selling everything from homemade cakes and chocolates to pretty little knick-knacks. There is a general feeling of fun and happiness in the air and it really is contagious.
SUNBURN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The beaches of Vagator will be transformed as Asia’s biggest music festival hits the sand. The music extravaganza showcases the talents of prominent international and Indian musicians. The festival runs for three days, what better place to be to “dance like no one is watching’.
- 27-30 December 2016
No visit to Goa is complete without enjoying its bounty of seafood. Indulge in the variety of dishes made with the most closely guarded and cherished recipes on any corner of the island. Viva Goa, Boom Shankar and Simply Fish are legendary but you can have dishes just as delicious for a fraction of the cost at any of the shacks on the beaches. Seafood is a staple here so almost everyone has their own unique preparation secrets and you can hardly ever go wrong. Find your favourite beach side shack and rest your sun kissed self down while you savour the delicious harvests from the sea.
Make your way to the beaches early enough to get your favourite spot from where you can sit back and enjoy the fireworks display that lights up the night sky. Fireworks take to the skies on both Christmas and New Years eve so no worries if you’re only there for one of the occasions. Baga and Calangute beaches in the North and Colva and Bogmalo in the south are where it’s at. Join in on any of the parties that spring up on the sand or start your own and welcome other revellers to join yours.
**The tradition of burning the “Old Man” on New Year’s Eve is an age-old practice kept alive by native Goans. As the name suggests, several effigies resembling old men, made of hay and old clothes, are set on fire to signify the destruction of the worries and ills of the previous year. Children go around collecting money to save for the next year’s celebrations.
RIVIERA MAYA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The annual festival in Playa del Carmen is always highly anticipated. The event takes place at Mamitas Beach Club and if you’re in Cozumel for the holidays, you won’t want to miss this. Book in advance as the event is becoming more and more popular every year and tickets are hard to come by. Expect to be entertained by the best of the best in the Jazz industry from around the world.
- December 1-3 2016
DAY OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE
Thousands of people join processions in Cozumel for this event, as they celebrate one of Mexico’s largest religious events.The pilgrims honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, an icon of the Catholic Virgin Mary who is said to have appeared near Mexico City over 470 years ago.Islanders walk, run, cycle or drive right around the island, before completing their pilgrimage back downtown at Corpus Christi church.The groups in the parades are mostly organized into families, clubs, unions or company employees, and many make the journey in the form of a relay.
- 12 December 2016
Is the name given to these 9 nights when the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is marked. And these nights are celebrated in song, while children recite their own carols and carry decorated branches in a similar custome called cantando la rama.
- 16 – 24 December
Children brightly decorate leafy branches from trees, then carry them house to house as they sing Christmas songs in return for money or treats. Each night in Cozumel, songs fill the air in residential areas as families and other groups walk from house to house reciting festive ditties.
COZUMEL NEW YEARS EVE CUSTOMS
**At the stroke of midnight homes will ring a bell to symbolize joy and happiness in the home. As the bells are ringing, people will eat twelve grapes, one for each month of the year and make a wish for each month. A sweet grape means it will be a good month and a sour grape, a bad month. Should you be fortunate enough to be invited to some one’s home for a New Year’s Eve celebration, just remember it is tradition to eat a meal AFTER midnight so keep this in mind and perhaps snack on something before you go to the party**