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From Christmas markets to beach fun, the holiday season is upon us, which means there are things to do, places to go and fun to be had! Here’s our round up of some of the best festive season events taking place on the North Coast this December.


SPCA Tree of Love
The Durban SPCA will again host their annual Tree of Love, which has become something of a tradition in shopping centres over the festive season. Christmas trees will be set up at Ballito Bay Mall, La Lucia Mall and The Crescent from 8 December and shoppers are encouraged to make a donation towards the care of our furry orphans. In return, they are invited to hang a beautifully wrapped miniature Christmas box on the tree, and write a dedication to their pet – past or present – on the attached card.

Fine Young Cooks
Fine Young Cooks will be hosting a holiday cooking club for kids on 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 December as well as 8 and 10 January. Details: Lewaine – 082 378 1912.

LIV Christmas Celebration
LIV Village will host their Christmas celebration on 2 December at their village. The morning will include a Christmas play by the village’s kids and there will be food for sale. Their shop will also be open and it promises to be a fun day for the whole family. Details:

Flag Animal Farm
The North Coast’s favourite animal farm will offer an exciting holiday program for kids, including wolf interaction at 11am and 3.45pm, a Barney, Dora and Marshall Show at 11:30, a milking show at 12:30, a Mickey and Minnie meet-and-greet at 1:15, a reptile show at 2pm and an Elsa, Sofia and Chase show at 3pm. Details:

Sugar Rush Park
There are loads of fun and exciting events lined up at Sugar Rush Park this season, including their weekly Saturday morning market from 8am to 1pm. There will be a kiddie’s themed market on 2 December and Santa will be at the park from 9 to 16 December. The North Coast Craft Festival will take place on 16 December, showcasing some of SA’s favourite brands in beer, gin and wine gardens. There will also be pop-up stores and a kid play zone. Details:


I heart Market
Durban’s iconic I heart Market has expanded to the Northern Suburbs. Taking place on 30 December (the last Saturday of the month thereafter) from 9am to 3pm. I heart Market North is nestled in a natural amphitheatre of Blythedale Event Bowl with a view of indigenous foliage and the Indian Ocean. At the market you will find a wide range of locally-designed products, which have been carefully selected for their quality, originality and design appeal. Expect fashion, jewellery, home décor, kiddies wear, plants, natural skin care, deli goods, accessories, vintage collectibles, art, ceramics and delicious foods. Details:

Umhlanga Night Market
The Umhlanga Night Market at the Wavepark, Gateway Theatre of Shopping will take place on 15 December from 4pm to 10pm. The market will include a well-thought-out variety of exciting artisanal food and beverage craft vendors and arts and crafts, chosen specially for the Umhlanga community to thoroughly enjoy. The event includes the best local musicians and fun for kids including jumping castles and other entertainment for the whole family. Details:

Wonder Market
If you’re into all things local as well as well-crafted and pleasing to look at and wear, then the Wonder Market is the place to be this December. Fast becoming one of the most popular markets in Durban, Wonder Market offers the best in food, craft and design. This season the market takes place on 10 and 17 December from 9am to 2pm at Chris Saunders Park, opposite Gateway. Look forward to beautiful artwork, unusual jewellery, bespoke fashion, farm fresh produce, home décor and lots of incredibly good food! Details:


The Crescent
The Crescent in Umhlanga is celebrating the festive season with exciting creative workshops for your kids to enjoy while you shop. Some of the workshops include decorating Christmas biscuits with icing sugar, sprinkles and sweets, Christmas cards, Christmas tree ornaments, handcrafted wreaths, Christmas crackers and even a special appearance of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Details:

La Lucia Mall
Events at La Lucia Mall include festive sidewalk fayre and a chance to take a photo with Santa from 12 to 24 December. CHOC will be offer a Christmas wrapping service from 16 to 24 December. Contact:

Tiffany’s Centre
Tiffany’s Centre will host a ‘Santa Day’ on 16 December from 9am to 1pm. There will also be kids’ activities, free candyfloss and popcorn, a stilt walker, face painters, balloon animals and each child will be able to make their own Christmas decorations. Details: 032 525 8030 /

Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Get a taste of a real ‘white Christmas’ with Gateway Theatre of Shopping’s amazing Snow World, which is open from 1 December to 7 January, from 10am to 6pm daily. The beautifully created area will include a snow play area, real ice slides, arctic chamber and a snow ramp! There will also be an expo by the animals from Ice Age! Details: Tickets are between R30 and R80 for a 45 minute session. Kids under 2 years are free. Tickets at

Lifestyle Centre
Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre will host free and fun activities from 15 to 24 December between 10am and 2pm daily. Children can meet Santa from 11am to 2pm daily and shoppers can also get their gifts wrapped while they shop. Contact:


Dolphins by Starlight
It’s time to get festive again at uShaka Marine World with the much-anticipated Dolphins by Starlight between 7 and 13 December. This firm favourite on the Durban Christmas calendar is sure to put stars in the eyes of young and old alike. The magnificent uShaka Sea World dolphins will perform their dazzling aquatic aerobatics to Christmas soundtracks inspired by love, hope and family. Details: Tickets at Computicket or, R170 for adults and R140 for children. 0313288000

Christmas Lights in the Park
The new-look WavePark will be transformed after dark with Christmas Lights in the Park this December. A festive sight and sound extravaganza for the whole family, tickets are R50 and there are will be live performances and loads of shows for both kids and parents. Details: Tickets WebTickets / 031 584 9400.


Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Celebrate Christmas with family and friends and experience the warmth and festivity of the season at Fairmont Zimbali Resort. Their bounteous buffet is laden with sumptuous traditional fare and tantalizing modern favourites that will leave you spoilt for choice. Christmas Eve dinner is R295 per adult and Christmas Day lunch R925 per adult. Kids under six dine for free and under 12’s at half price. Details: 032 538 5000.

Oyster Box
Gather family and friends for dinner, music and magic at the Oyster Box’s annual Carols by Candlelight on 21 December. Enjoy a plated starter, buffet main course and plated dessert at R490 per adult and R250 per child. The Oyster Box is also hosting their Christmas Eve Dinner and Dance at R2200 per person. Or, once Father Christmas has visited and the presents have been opened, why not complete the perfect Christmas morning with a traditional Christmas lunch at one of the hotel’s three dining venues (The Pearl Room and Ocean Terrace is R2200 per person and in The Grill Room R2500 per person). Details: 031 514 5000.


Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Fairmont Zimbali Resort invite you to enjoy ‘one night in Vegas’ as they bring in the New Year with their New Year’s Eve dinner and entertainment spectacular. The evening costs R1350 per person, which includes complimentary entrance to their sought-after New Year’s Eve after party. Details: 032 538 5000.

Oyster Box
Party the night away at the Oyster Box’s year’s New Year’s Eve party, which promises to enthrall with an ‘Out of Africa’ theme, entertainment and extravagant buffet. Price is R2500 per person. Details: 031 514 5000.

Ballito New Year’s Eve Street Party
Party hard at the legendary Ballito New Year’s Eve Street party, which is back for its thirteenth year! Sure to top all others, this party starts at 6pm and boasts three dance floors, drink specials and some of the hottest SA deejays, including headline acts who have taken the party scene by storm! Details:

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Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport



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