Nelson Mandela Square Set To Sparkle This Festive Season

Shop, dine and unwind at the Square

Johannesburg, 12 December 2023: It’s time to put up the tree and turn on the festive lights, and Nelson Mandela Square is poised to host its prettiest festive season yet. The celebrated open-air piazza is where art and entertainment will merge beautifully for the whole family to enjoy this holiday.

A mesmerising 10-metre-long lighting tunnel has been illuminated, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for a festive-themed selfie or family photograph. This is complemented by the majestic 7,2-metre-tall Dior Christmas tree, adorned with bespoke craftsmanship and a touch of luxury. This magnificent creation is not just a tree. It’s a testament to the artistry and dedication that the couture brand brings to every aspect of its craftsmanship, featuring custom-made trinkets, PVC and gold vinyl flowers, and lighting that creates a play of light and shadows, all topped with the signature Dior logo and star.

The Anton Smit Urban Echoes exhibition, featuring 8 larger-than-life Easter Island-inspired sculptures with graffiti by artist Mars, is still available to enjoy, while live entertainment on selected dates during December will add to the festive ambience, completing a memorable day or night out.

There’s a signature dish for everyone at Nelson Mandela Square, which is the ultimate spot to shop, dine, and later unwind this holiday. Home to some of South Africa’s most celebrated and loved restaurants, including the brand new La Parada and recently renovated The Butchershop & Grill, all tastes are catered for. Calistos, Cilantros, Hard Rock Café, Just Teddy, Nonnas Italian Kitchen, Pappas on the Square, Shazmins, Tang, Tashas, The Big Mouth, The Raj or Trumps Grillhouse & Butchery will all be open this festive season for celebratory meals with family and friends. For those on the go, Strada and Roccomama offer delicious takeaways.

Of course, those who would like to shop for festive gifts will be spoiled for choice with new retailers Café Coton, Mario Casas, X-ceptions, and Lou Lou Boutique recently added to the Square’s already sumptuous assortment, as well as the newly renovated Aeronautica Militare.

“It really is the most wonderful time of the year and Nelson Mandela Square is ready to welcome visitors who would like to shop, dine, or simply unwind in this splendid space,” shares Brian Unsted, Nelson Mandela Square’s Asset Manager. “The festive tunnel and Dior tree will add extra extraordinary points of interest, complementing the Square’s prestigious retail and lifestyle offerings superbly,” he added.

*All promotional dates and details are subject to change. Kindly visit the Nelson Mandela Square website and social media feeds for regular updates.

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