Win tickets to top 10 family events in Joburg!
THE GREAT CITY PRESS holiday giveaway: If you’re staying in Joburg for the festive season, here are 10 events to scribble in the family diary – City Press is providing fistfuls of free tickets too!
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1. Mr Popper’s Penguins

The National Youth Theatre in Parktown, until December 23

Mr Poppers Penguins

Director Francois Theron delights with how he uses the space to create magic for the young audience, who sit cross-legged on the floor, mesmerised by the action on stage. When a penguin is unexpectedly delivered to Mr Popper and his family, the adventures begin. Lovely music and ridiculous good fun, with three casts of seven children as the penguins.

Two readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword PENGUINS to 34217.

2. Seussical Jr

The Children’s Theatre in Braamfontein, until December 23

Suissical Jr

Dr Seuss is easily the most wonderful children’s wordsmith of them all. This show blends a collection of Dr Seuss’ most beloved books, including The Cat in the Hat, to tell the story of how we should all celebrate the differences in those around us, as this is what makes the world go around.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword SEUSSICAL to 34217.

3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino, until January 29

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Back by popular demand, this bonsai version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice hit is a must-see musical event. It is a kaleidoscope of colour and song, transforming the rather alarming Biblical story of how Joseph’s brothers tried to get rid of him.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword JOSEPH to 34217.

4. Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

The Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex, until December 30

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Izak Davel is Robin Hood, Carmen Pretorius is Maid Marian, while LJ Urbani and Candida Mosoma cross-dress to get the laughs. Kate Normington and Desmond Dube round out the cast of this year’s pantomime. It’s a Joburg tradition. The songs are on the charts, and the costumes and moves are spot on.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword ROBIN to 34217.

5. Beautiful Creatures

Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, until December 18

Beautiful Creatures

If you haven’t yet enjoyed the wonderful home-grown stories and songs of Ed Jordan and Alan Glass, you are in for a treat. Children and parents alike will enjoy the tales of Lucas the Lazy Lion and Mafutha the Elephant.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword BEAUTIFUL to 34217.

6. IMAX screening of either Space Station 3D or Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

IMAX Eastgate, screening times to be confirmed

IMAX Space Station 3D Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Experience life in zero gravity as Space Station 3D, narrated by Tom Cruise, offers an inside look at what it’s like to launch into space and orbit 354 056km above the earth. Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, which tells the stories of these island castaways that have evolved into hundreds of diverse species.

Fifteen readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword IMAX to 34217.

7. Garden of Lights

Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace, from 7pm to 10pm every night until January 8

Garden of Lights

The lights spectacle makes a perfect night out for families, and younger visitors will be particularly pleased with a variety of exciting funfair rides. Stalls selling food and beverages will also be available, including festive season paraphernalia. As a keepsake, children can also have a photograph taken with Santa Claus at Santa’s Grotto, located in the Entertainment Emporium outside Nu Metro on select days.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword LIGHTS to 34217.

8. The Great Moscow Circus

Montecasino, from December 22 to January 14

The Great Moscow Circus

The world-famous Great Moscow Circus returns to South Africa this summer with an all-new, sensational, two-hour world premiere program. Featuring a myriad of circus superstars from Russia and the world in the most action-packed show to come to South Africa.

Five readers can win tickets for a family of four. To win, SMS the keyword MOSCOW to 34217.

9. 27 Boxes Night Market

Every Wednesday night in Melville from 5pm to 9pm

27 Boxes Night Market

With speciality stores as well as plenty of interesting food to eat, the night market – with live music – is a great place to finish up that Christmas shopping with an array of stuff, from clothes to macaroons.

Six readers can win a R350 voucher each. To win, SMS the keyword MARKET to 34217.

10. Happy Holidays from Disney

Hampers for rainy nights or family-movie nights

Disney Zootropolis The Incredibles Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book

Disney has put together a hamper of great films for you to win, including Zootropolis, The Incredibles, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book. Also included is a Sofia The First doll.

Three readers can win a hamper each. To win, SMS the keyword DISNEY to 34217.

– Gayle Edmunds

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