Reasons to stay in Pretoria this December 2017

Stuck in Pretoria over December? Same. It feels like such a bummer when everyone is leaving, bragging about all the holiday fun to be had. But maybe being in Pretoria during the holiday season isn’t all that bad. Less traffic, emptier malls, a higher chance of getting that sought-after restaurant booking. You’ll find a bright side to being at home during December. Let’s make the best of things, shall we? We’ve found some cool reasons to stay in Pretoria that’ll to quell your holiday blues.

Hazel Food Market + Potjiekos Demo

Feeling some weekend blues coming on? Head down to Hazel Food Market on Saturday and dig into all the comfort food your heart desires. And there’s a bonus to the food market on 16 December from 8am to 11am. Actor and potjiekos pundit, Ben Kruger, is hosting a potjiekos demonstration. Maybe you can pick up some useful tips for a Christmas potjie? And even if potjies aren’t your thing, you’ll find a world of flavour to immerse yourself in at Hazel Food Market.

Where: Greenlyn Villae Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison & Mackenzie Streets, Menlo Park, Pretoria More Info: 078 593 7716 //

For the Kids - Cedar Junction

Unsure of how to entertain the kids in Pretoria over the holiday period? Take them down to Cedar Junction for a day of fun. It may be a little off the beaten track, but it’ll be well worth it as kid’s entertainment goes. Filled with various pools, waterslides, a mini-scale, 1.2km train track with three different trains, and other fun things, your kids will feel like you’ve taken them on holiday. The theme park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fees are R80 per adult, and R60 per child (2 – 12 years). The entrance fee includes train rides, pedal boats, jungle gyms, swimming pools and waterslides, trampolines, jumping castles, and more. Pack a picnic basket or book a venue and have a braai. Your kids will have a blast and you can kick back for an afternoon with friends or family.

Where: Plot 404, Graham Road (Lynnwood Extension), Zwavelpoort, Pretoria More Info: // 082 766 2748

Brooklyn Theatre – A Week of Italian Cinema

Whether you are a film buff, a culture crank, or you just want to try something new, this might just tickle your fancy. From 11 December to 16 December you get to enjoy a new Italian film every evening at Brooklyn Theatre. No need to worry if, like mine, your Italian is a little more than rusty – there will be English subtitles. Movie titles include ‘Women Drive Me Crazy’, ‘Easy!’, and ‘Do you see me’. Head down to Brooklyn Theatre for some Italian entertainment.

Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Shop 21/Theatre, C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets, Menlo Park More Info: // 012 460 6033

Isambulo – The Musical

Add something different to your usual December fare and check out Isambulo – The Musical at the South African State Theatre. This gospel musical runs from 1 December to 23 December at 8pm, and is sure to add some exciting flare to your December. This musical dramatises a typical Sunday Church Service in a South African Township. The musical encourages the audience to participate with the performers, and encourages people to embrace the diversity of African culture. Sure, your friends might be heading out of town on holiday, but they’ll be missing this beauty! Book your tickets here.

Where: The South Afr5ican State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria More Info:

Being in Pretoria for the December period needn’t be too bad. It’s what you make of it, after all. There’s no doubt a plethora of other goings-on in Pretoria. If you know of any other cool December happenings that other Pretoria-bound folks can enjoy, let us know in the comments. And check out our blog for more December-time fun, like cool places to have Christmas Meals in Pretoria and some New Year’s events in Pretoria. It’s always fun to stay in the loop, after all.

By Tilana de Wachter