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Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights and night market: A treat for all ages

The brand-new, annual Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will feature a delightful collection of illuminated life-size animal characters offering classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft night market at the Joburg Zoo from 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights is presented by Joburg Theatre in association with Joburg City Parks and Zoo, and City Power.

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Visitors to the Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights can enjoy a tranquil walk in the Zoo along a designated lit route away from the animal enclosures, under trees decorated in captivating lights. ‘After attending the Garden of Lights in Berlin a few years back, and seeing the wildlife lights concept that happens annually at the Zoo, we thought we could make it a festive treat by using fascinating LED and energy-efficient lights to make our very own night market experience at the Joburg Zoo, a treat for all ages,’ says Xoliswa Nduneni–Ngema, CEO at Joburg City Theatres. The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will kick off with a classical performance of The Nutcracker by Joburg Ballet at the Bandstand at the Zoo from 1 to 8 December 2019. The entertainment thereafter will vary daily, offering entertainment and an outdoor nightlife experience for families by providing an upmarket festival of lights paired with exceptionally exquisite flavours of food and beverage offerings for all ages.
     ‘We are working closely with the animal welfare and conservation staff to ensure that the decibels for entertainment and lights are monitored to ensure that there is no discomfort to the animals at all times,’ says Nonhlanhla Sifumba, MMC of Community Development at The City of Johannesburg.

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‘Place-making in the City to afford residents a unique after-hours experience in the build-up to the festive season is vital to nurture healthy minds and vibrant communities,’ states the excited MD of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Bryne Maduka. Residents are invited to support the annual event but also to visit during the day to visit the 54-hectare Zoo, which boasts the Big Five and animals from across all continents, including rare species from the Amazon.The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights is open Tuesday to Sunday, 19:00 to 22:00, from 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. Tickets are available at R60 for kids and R120 for adults online at / 0861 670 670 or and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at Patrons can also buy tickets by visiting the Joburg Zoo – card transactions only.
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