The fes­tive spirit has ar­rived and #Trend­ing’s Phuti Matho­bela picks the best events of the week

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MAR­KET The Val­ley Christmas Mar­ket De­cem­ber 17 at 9am The Val­ley Mar­ket, Port El­iz­a­beth

Tick­ets R10 at the door Get your Christmas shop­ping done while brows­ing through tasty food stalls. Catch some of Port El­iz­a­beth’s top ar­ti­sanal food ven­dors in one of the city’s coolest old build­ings. You can also catch live per­for­mances from the East Coast’s fresh­est tal­ent while you’re there.

THE­ATRE Clif­fCen­tral Car­ols De­cem­ber 11 at 5pm The Lyric the­atre, Gold Reef City, Jo­han­nes­burg

Tick­ets R100 do­na­tion at the door What bet­ter way to kick off Christmas fes­tiv­i­ties than with a funky Cliff­mas carol sing-along? The cel­e­bra­tion dou­bles as a fundrais­ing event for Head­way Gaut­eng, which sup­ports brain in­jury sur­vivors. Gareth Cliff shares the stage with ProVerb, the award-win­ning Soweto Gospel Choir, Terra and Tebogo from Idols SA, Ti­mothy Moloi, Tu­misho Masha, Rami Chuene and the Clif­fCen­tral crew. It prom­ises to be a fun fam­ily night out.

KIDS Jacaranda Chil­dren’s Home Laser Shows De­cem­ber 14 and 15 at 6pm Jacaranda Chil­dren’s Home, Pre­to­ria

Tick­ets R20 at the door As part of its an­nual Lig­giefees fes­tiv­i­ties, Jacaranda Chil­dren’s home will treat au­di­ences to a spec­tac­u­lar laser show, pro­vided by LaserX, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dance de’Art, whose dancers will in­ter­pret the light ex­trav­a­ganza with thrilling moves. A wor­thy fundraiser for the chil­dren’s home, this event is ideal for fam­i­lies.

GOSPEL Fes­tive Wor­ship De­cem­ber 16 at 5pm Grace Per­form­ing Arts Centre, Cape Town

Tick­ets R350 at com­ This year, the Fes­tive Wor­ship con­cert stars Nqubeko Mbatha, Ntokozo Mbambo and Ayanda Ntanzi as the main acts, along with a full-on choir – a first for the Cape Town gospel com­mu­nity. Be­liev­ers, come and en­joy a night of praise and fel­low­ship.

PARTY The Town­house Rooftop at Rand­lords De­cem­ber 17 at 2pm Rand­lords, Jo­han­nes­burg

Tick­ets R150 at the door The rooftop party is back for the third year. Cel­e­brate the silly sea­son at Braam­fontein’s exclusive rooftop bar and lounge by hav­ing an epic time danc­ing to deep House mu­sic while min­gling with the city’s beau­ti­ful peo­ple and tak­ing in a breath­tak­ing 360-de­gree view of the Joburg sky­line.




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