Johannesburg in December is really quite fantastic and you will
have your work cut out for you trying to fit everything in. Here in
Joburg, they certainly know how to celebrate the New Year, so seeing
in 2019 will be quite the night!
Get yourself into the festive spirit by going to the Panto! Pinocchio is playing at the Joburg Theatre, Civic Blvd which is fun for all the family, or how about Cinderella on Ice at the The Teatro at Montecasino. A Christmas Carol is on at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre & Studio and A Seussified Christmas Carol is on at the National Children's Theatre.
If you happen to be in Johannesburg on 21st December, venture to Rosebank Mall for the Rosebank Christmas Night Market on between 5 & 9pm.
But really, if you are in this great city, then just get out there and explore! Take a tour around the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. This is where Nelson Mandela had his last office and holds exhibitions from his life throughout the year. You must make a reservation before visiting (Admission is free).
Get some amazing views from the Top of Africa, Carlton Centre. This is the highest rooftop in Africa and has viewing platforms for an amazing panoramic experience.
For those who are used to jumping on and off buses, then Johannesburg has the Red Bus Tour that will take you around the city's landmarks and places of interest, including the Apartheid Museum, The Zone, Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer, Military Museum, Gold Reef City, The Origins Centre at WITS and quite a few more stops!
Seek out Hell's Kitchen in Melville for a 1920 New York Vibe. With live music at the weekend, this is a great place to grab a drink or a bite to eat!
Every Saturday you'll find the Neighbourgoods Market in Gauteng, just off Juta Street. This market has an outstanding selection of foods, crafts and live music and is well worth a visit.
For some firework action, head along to Mary Fitzgerald Square,
Newtown. This is a free annual family event with an eclectic mix of
music, dancing and entertainment where you can celebrate all the way
through to the early hours of New Years Day!
The larger hotels of Johannesburg plan their own fabulous New Years Eve parties, like the Four Seasons, The Clico Boutique Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Misty Hills Country Hotel and Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre!
If you happen to be in Johannesburg for the New Year weekend, then you might want to see if you can nab some tickets to Afropunk 2018 on the 30th and 31st December at Constitution Hill. This year line up includes: Solange, Laura Mvula, Petite Noir, Andersin .Pakk and the free nationals, King Tha Vs BLK JKS, Spoek Mathambo, DOOKOOM, The Brother Moves On, Urban Village, Radio 123, Gods Sons & Daughters, Nonku Phiri, TCIYF, Nakhane, Blitz the Ambassador, Okzharp and Manthe Ribane and many more!
Head to Soweto Cricket Oval for their NYE Countdown with great music performances and fun for all the family (tickets available at Shoprite and Checkers).
There is a Carnival Masquerade Ball on at Chicago's Piano Bar this year which will have a live band and champagne!
For those diva lovers out there, you might want to check out "Divas Who Rock New Year's Eve" at the Barnyard Theatre, Gold Reef City. Great entertainment with a countdown to New Year.
For more fantastic music entertainment see if you can find some tickets for Soweto in Colours Countdown to 2019! Held at Soweto Theatre with lots of stalls, local bands, DJs and dancers.
DJ Fresh will be spinning the decks at Tilt Resto Bar for their New Years Eve bash, make sure to grab your tickets!
The bars, clubs and restaurants of Johannesburg will have special events planned for NYE, so make your reservations, purchase your tickets and have a great night! Check out places like One Up - The Hip Hop and RNB Lounge, The Generator Parkmore, Living Room, Madison Avenue and Truth.
Restaurants will fill up quickly on New Years Eve, so make sure you make your reservations as soon as you can. There are some amazing places out there to try:
Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel
I can't find any useful webcams at the moment, but we'll keep checking!
Some fantastic NYE events await you at many of Johannesburg's
Hotels so booking in advance is recommended:
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch
African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
The Winston Hotel
To check availability and make reservations at these and all the top hotels in the area, you can make online bookings here.
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