December staycation ideas

December staycation ideas

If you haven’t had the time or money to arrange a great getaway for your family this December, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to become a tourist in your own backyard!

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When it comes to Gauteng, there are a number of fun, family-friendly activities that will entertain everyone this holiday period.

Here are some places you can visit in and around Johannesburg this holiday season...

The Maboneng Precinct, meaning the place of light, has great food and entertainment that the whole family can experience. The area is so diverse and features a cinema at the Bioscope, great food at The Market on Main or The Neighbour Goods Market, and a fantastic park for kids to have fun at.

For an unforgettable view of Joburg be sure to visit the Roof of Africa, situated on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre. The tower stands 223m tall and offers incredible 360-degree views from its observation deck – well worth paying the R15 fee for.

If you are more of a history buff there are a number of great museums that you can visit such as the James Hall Transport Museum - which has over 2,500 items of transport on display.


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Museum Africa - the only museum which tells the story of life in Southern Africa from the Stone Age to nuclear age and beyond.

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The City Sightseeing tours offer a unique perspective and you experience an entirely different side of the city of Johannesburg – memorable sightseeing that the entire family will love.

However, if the above does not appeal then try these nifty ideas to make things a little more interesting:

  • sleep in another room of the house (not an activity as such, but the change in perspective immediately brings on the holiday feeling)
  • go to the beach, or to a local swimming pool 
  • get on your bike – find out if your city has dedicated bike trails
  • go to the movies – nothing like the 3D experience and popcorn to give you the holiday feeling; otherwise rent a couple and hold a movie evening for friends
  • take a hike – summer is a wonderful time to get up really early and head for the hills, back in time so that you’re out of the heat of the day
  • read a book – head for the local park and find a bench, or a spot in your garden where you might not usually sit
  • see a show – theatres at this time of year are filled with opportunity to see operas, ballets, pantomimes, and musicals; indulge
  • host a braai – invite your friends and neighbours over, string up the fairy lights, and hit the carols button

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