Christmas in July in Johannesburg

In countries like New Zealand and South Africa, where it’s crazy hot summer season on Christmas Day itself, people like to celebrate Christmas in July. That’s when it’s icy cold here and feels more like Christmas.

Last year, our friends threw a Christmas party in June and we had a fabulous time drinking hot German Glühwein (mulled wine) in sub-zero temperatures. This year, I received an invitation to an entire street of Christmas partying on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Johannesburg!

We arrived on 4th Avenue to find almost all the shops opened and decorated with Christmas decorations and lights. It was so festive!

The street was a long stretch of gorgeous restaurants and elegant shops selling home decor and furniture, and other arty knick knacks. It was lovely to be out walking and shopping on a cold week day as if it was Christmas!

People were decked in Santa hats. The street was lined with bins of fire to keep visitors warm outside restaurants and bars. And charitable organisations set up street stalls to raise funds for the needy. All the restaurants were filled to the brim too!

It was a wonderful evening. There were some really good restaurants along that street and the hubby and I had our.. err.. Christmas dinner. I had a really great time and it really wasn’t a bad way to celebrate Christmas. I didn’t even have to do Christmas shopping! Haha..

Merry Christmas, everyone! =)



  1. oh how awesome!!! Dullstroom also have this tradition.

  2. Love the last picture, too cute!

  3. Your hubs and you look so cute together in that last pic…awww….

  4. Yes I came to know about it just two years ago. Christmas in our part of the world is really cold. Johannesburg is an ideal city to celebrate Christmas for a womanizer like me. In Norway, every girl is packed in sweaters from head to toe in that season. Whereas in Johannesburg, Christmas season allows you to wear whatever you like. Here you would see soothing (for eyes) beauties in mini tubes on Christmas. Another plus of Johannesburg is many airlines offer very cheapest flights to Johannesburg and other destinations (in Africa). That makes the trip affordable for everyone.

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