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Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Joburg


There’s no doubt that 2019 has been a trying year for many. But with bright moments like the Springboks bringing home the Rugby World Cup and our very own taking the Miss Universe crown, we’ve managed to push through with great events and fun times along the way. We here at What’s on in Joburg want you carrying happiness and positivity into 2020 and so we’ve compiled a selection of some of the best events and festivities to end the year on a positive note and ensure your vision for 2020 rolls in clear and bright.

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This is a venue famous for its Mediterranean cuisine and family way of life. Attributing their name to the malagueta pepper from Brazil, this venue is hot with fusions of local and international flavour, taste and culture. Come and experience the cuisine yourself with a delicious Christmas Buffet Menu on December 25th for R495 per person and bring in the new year surrounded by family and friends rife with life on the 31st of December with their special new year’s eve bash for R250 per person which includes a glass of bubbly at the countdown to midnight. Bookings are essential so don’t delay, get yours down today.
Malagueta: Bem Vindo! Taste how much they care! Minha Casa e’ Sua Casa e’ Familia

Where: 2 Main road, Eastleigh, Edenvale
When: Christmas Day: From 12:30pm | New Year’s Eve event: 6:30pm for 7pm
Costs: Christmas Buffet: R495pp |  | Children under 4: Free | Children 11 and up pay full price | Children 5-10 years of age: R150
New Year’s Eve bash: R250pp with a free glass of bubbly at the countdown
Tel: 011 609 4910/2793 | Email:
Facebook: @MalaguetaEdenvale | Instagram: @malaguetajoburg


If you want nothing more than to breeze into the new year with a bang (no pun intended, wink wink), then join model and UFC ring queen Naomi Das and the VIP Bunnies for Playboy magazine’s New Year’s Eve Party at Joburg’s number 1 party venue. DJs Lisa Jane, QD Up, and Greekboy is hitting the decks to get you into the groove for a naughty night out. Get your date or some mates and dance 2019 away surrounded by a sultry guise of perfume, patron and pretty people. Remember, no under 21s – ladies 22 years of age and above and gentlemen 24 years of age and above only. Advance booking is essential to secure your space, and VIP seating is also on offer.

Soirée is a chic space in Sandton’s buzzy nightlife and hosts regular themed events. In addition, the lounge is open every Friday and Saturday for cocktails, gourmet nibbles and epic parties with live performances and DJs. The space secured numerous Best in Joburg awards in the cocktail bar, nightclub and bachelorette party venue categories. Soirée is also available for private and corporate events with full exclusivity from Sunday to Thursday.

Where: Rivonia Crossing Phase 2, 3 Achter Street, Paulshof, Sandton
When: 31st December from 8pm
General: R250 pp | VIP: R500 pp. Book via email
 011 234 8000 | Email:
 @soireejhb | Instagram: @Soiree_Jhb

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Come visit Saigon Suzy at one of her 2 parties (Cedar Square or Parkwood) this new year’s eve and we guarantee your 2020 will start off anything but ordinary. You can expect bottomless drinks, bottomless bao and many a friend to be made as the crowd gets into the swing of things with karaoke and live DJ. Add that little “extra” and come dressed as the favourite song or singer you’d like to bust out to in karaoke and swoon around in ecstasy as you leave the old year behind. Under the red neon light, it’s time to let bygones be bygones with Saigon Suzy. With 2 seating options for the evening, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Both Cedar Square and Parkwood venues will be offering the same packages, consisting of food and drinks, and seating times. From 7.30pm 2 packages are on offer, ranging from R225 per person to R450 per person. The 9.30pm slot offers 3 packages ranging from R250 per person to R575 per person. Visit their website or event links to find out more about the packages and seating times.

Where: Saigon Suzy Cedar Square: Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Fourways | Saigon Suzy Parkwood: Parkwood Mansions
When: 31 December from 7:30pm until late
Tel: Saigon Suzy Cedar Square: (010) 001 2755 | Saigon Suzy Parkwood: (011) 327 6596
Email: | |
Website: @SaigonSuzyJHB | Instagram: @saigonsuzyjhb
Howler: NYE at Saigon Suzy Cedar Square | NYE at Saigon Suzy Parkwood


For those of you looking for a stylish night of all-inclusive festivities, the wine aficionados of Wine Not Events is ending off the year with some festive sparkle for their New Year’s Eve party. Dress to impress as you kickstart celebrations early with sundowners, and keeping them going all the way until 2am on January 1st, 2020. All food and drinks are included with your ticket price along with a host of live DJ’s and entertainment. Guests can look forward to the latest from top Cape wineries such as Boschendal and Leopard Leap, and an unlimited selection of premium shooter brands Don Julio, Tangueray, Ciroc Vodka, Johnny Walker Black Label, Jagermeister and Strawberry Lips amongst others.

The event is taking place at Levelthree Premium Venue in Sandton, which offers unobstructed rooftop views of the Jozi metropole.

Where: Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Johannesburg
From 6pm on 31st December 2019 until 2am on January 1st 2020
Costs: R900pp, book via Howler or email
Facebook: @winenotpopupbar | Instagram: @winenotevents


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They say good things come in threes which is why Social has got you covered this new year’s eve. If you’re in want of some great food, great company, and great music then Social’s new year’s eve parties at both their foot-tapping venues are the perfect choices to make. With their resident DJ at their Parkwood venue and none other than Ryan the DJ himself (5fm) on from 10:30pm at Social Bryanston, you can say cheers to the old year and Hoozit! to the new year with a smile on your face and a fat beat in your step.

What’s more, Social has 3 great packages to choose from, ranging from R750 to R1750, to keep you set for the night, each of which serves up to 6 people, so all you need to concentrate on is attracting good vibes and a positive spin for 2020. Be sure to check out the Social website or Event links below for detailed breakdowns of what is included in each package.

Where: Social Parkwood: Corner Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue | Social Bryanston: Corner Main and Posthouse Street
When: 31 December from 7pm until late
Tel: Social Parkwood: (011) 327 6104 | Social Bryanston: (011) 706 7115
Email: |
Website: | Facebook: @socialparkwood | @SocialBryanston
Howler: NYE at Social Parkwood | NYE at Social Bryanston

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In collaboration with Plaisir de Merle and Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Fairlawns Boutique and Spa invites you to countdown 2019 in style. Nestled in the heart of Sandton and surrounded by lush greenery and exquisite style, you can be sure you’re in for a luxurious treat when staying here. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa boasts 41 chic upscale suites, individually decorated with varying decor motifs from Eastern Influence to French Provincial. For the New Year’s Eve event, the team will meet you with a glass of bubbly as Chef Justin Maharaj promises to wow with a 3-course set menu at hand paired with serenades of song from The Voice SA’s Veronique Lalouette and Idols SA finalist, SiAnne Wilkins. This is one of the classier ways to countdown and toast in the new year with your loved ones.

Where: 1 Alma Road, Morningside, Johannesburg
When: Tuesday 31 December from 6pm – after midnight
R895pp, book via email
 011 808 7300 | Email:
 @FairlawnsBoutiqueHotel | Instagram: @fairlawnsboutiquehotel



If you’re still chasing after tickets for AFROPUNK, the hottest event on Jozi’s calendar, we’ve got you covered. What’s on in Joburg partnered with Once in Joburg for a special last-minute deal which includes tickets to the two-day fest, 4 nights accommodation, and access to the hotel’s own Rebirth Fest. Once Youth Hotels is one of the most affordable urban hotels in Joburg, and situated a mere 5 minutes from the festival venue by Uber. Make the most of your stay by working your way through all the cool and underrated spots of Braam like a tourist. You could be catching a pizza and art-house movie at The Bioscope, exploring hip coffee houses like Doubleshot or hit the floor at one of the many buzzing nightclubs. 

AFROPUNK is a global festival celebrating everything Afro-centric, from food, music, art, culture, and politics. The festival only takes place in Brooklyn, Atlanta, London, Paris, and our very own Jozi. The Rebirth Fest promises pop-up fashion market, art exhibition, and immersive tours in the Braamfontein precinct.


Where: Once in Joburg, 90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
When: 4 days between 28 December 2019 and 3 January 2020
Costs: R2420 – R4800pp, book via email
Tel: 010 599 0259 | Email:
Facebook: Once in Joburg | Instagram:


Forget the white parties and bring on the quirk because Chicago’s is reliving the roaring twenties this festive season with a variety of parties and events leading up to New Year’s Eve. The highlight of the season is glitzy 1920s themed NYE masquerade ball at their Fourways and Randpark Ridge venues. Dance into 2020 with live bands and DJs to keep the crowd on the floor, leading up to explosions and Auld Lang Syne sing-a-long as the clock strikes 12. 

The Wine-dine-Dance package secures your private table and a 3-course meal paired with party shooters. Make sure you bring the drama by dressing to impress because prizes will be handed out for the best mask and outfit.

Advance booking is essential, and a free bottle of bubbly will be thrown in for groups of 4 or more guests.


Where: Chicago’s Fourways, cnr Witkoppen & Nerine St, Fourways | Chicago’s Randpark Ridge, Honeycrest Centre, Beyers Naudé Dr, Randpark Ridge
When: 7pm to 2am
Costs: Wine-Dine-Dance tickets R490 | Dance tickets R250. Book via email
Tel: 011 658 0120 | 078 139 0064 | Email: |
Facebook: @ChicagosFourways


Babylon – The Joburg Bar is doing what they do well with a bucket-list bash to wrap up 2019. ‘The best gay bar in Joburg’ is ringing in the new year with DJs spinning the decks for a smashing tribute to all the decades of pop, so you can be assured it will be FAB.U.LOUS. Think everything from groovy 60’s tunes to disco beats from the Studio 54 era, and noughties pop hits from all your faves. Work a jaw-dropping drag look or leave your shirt at the door to score free entry to the gig.

Babylon – The Joburg Bar is a cool gay oasis in Sandton, famous for its vibey live performances from the likes of Tamara Dey, open-minded crowd, and inclusive atmosphere.

Where: Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Road, Sandton
From 8pm on 31 December
Costs: Happy Hour & Free Entry 20:00-22:00 | R80 22:00-00:00 | R100 after midnight | Free if you come dressed in Drag or shirtless. Book via email
Tel: 083 993 8205
Facebook: @BabylonTheJoburgBar | Instagram: @BabylonTheJoburgBar

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