With the sun out and festive spirits high, it’s about time we got out there and spread that festive cheer! Make use of those extended shopping hours and head out into the sunshine!
Here are some of our top picks:
1. SUMMER FEVER FESTIVAL – UMHLANGA
If you’re looking for some fun in the sun that doesn’t involve being battered around by waves, make sure the Summer Fever Festival is your first stop! Beach goers will enjoy live professional beach volleyball, touch rugby and even join in if that’s their cup of tea! There are also chill zones and kiddies activities galore!
2. THEATRE IN DURBAN
Adult Panto – Once Upon a Fairy – NOT!
Durban’s annual Adult Panto is a firm festive favourite for all who’ve attended! It’s a night of fun and laughter with plenty of double entendre, well known songs and a light easy to follow plot! Bring a picnic basket, but leave the kids at home! The series runs from 15th November to 14th January at On Stage Attitude in Windemere.
Sound of Music
Visit the beautiful Playhouse Theatre to be transported into the well known tale, interpreted in a traditional, yet fresh and vibrant manner. The Sound of Music will be playing until the 30th of December, and tickets can be purchased from Computicket.
Hollywood Walk of Fame – Barnyard
Bowing out in style, the Barnyard has curated musical hours that pays tribute to the greatest music from the greatest movies. Be prepared to sing Along!
A classic holiday trip to Ushaka is a must, the sweltering Durban Days definitely call for a trip down the lazy river or ten! If you’re more of an adrenalin seeker, try one of the many terrific or terrifying slides! For those who’d rather stay out of the sun, the Sea World, Dangerous Creatures and the Village Walk are calling your name! You will not regret this day of family fun!
4.THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Hop aboard the adventure train! Enjoy a memorable Christmas themed train ride experience for the whole family! The train leaves from both Scottburgh and Shongweni Stations and booking is essential!
5. TRAIL WALK AND YOGA
For those looking to find their zen and replenish before the new year why not try a delightful morning of nature, yoga and relaxation at Bluff Eco Park on the 21st December.
6. ABSA PREMIERSHIP – GOLDEN ARROWS vs. KAIZER CHIEFS
Watch as these two heavyweights battle it out. Feel the heartbeat of South African spirit from the crowd and cheer on your favourite team! Match starts at 6pm on the 21st December at Moses Mabhida Staduim.
7. LEGO PLAYZONE AT GATEWAY
Visit the ‘Imagination Station’ where dreams come true! Gateway has partnered with Lego to provide a massive interactive kids area! The creative play zone aims to encourage learning by developing the builders of the future! You can also get your photo taken with Santa for a great holiday momento! There are tons of prizes up for grabs and you can rest assured that you won’t hear a single ‘I’m boooored’ while your kids are entertained for hours!
8. ICE SKATING AT GALLERIA MALL
Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas? Here’s your chance to experience a small bit of snowy Christmas culture! Head over to the Galleria Ice Rink for an afternoon of chilly fun! It will be a welcome reprieve from the heat, and you’re certainly in for a laugh as you attempt to skate, or watch those first timers cling to the walls! While you’re at it, drop by Santas Grotto to take a picture with the man in red and frolic in the snow!
9. 8 MORRISON & THE RIVERTOWN TRIANGLE
Visit Durban’s most hip precinct! There are always markets, art shows, local shopping, craft beer and great coffee! Drop by the Sunday Morning Market for farm fresh produce, the best artisan cuisine and the laid back Durban vibe!
10. CYCLE ALONG THE GOLEN MILE
If you’re trying to offset the holiday goodies, or just love the morning beach air, take a trip down to South Beach and cycle along the perfect gilded stretch of sun and sea! Bikes are available to hire if you don’t feel like lugging your own along!