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4 November 2021
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9 January 2022

Melrose Arch

If there&rsquo;s one thing we&rsquo;ve learnt in the last two years, it&rsquo;s to be grateful for both the big and small things, celebrate every achievement, and rejoice and enjoy the festivities whenever an occasion arises, and that&rsquo;s exactly what Melrose Arch is doing this Christmastime.<br /><br />Christmas wouldn&rsquo;t be Christmas without a visit to see Melrose Arch&rsquo;s famous lights, which are being turned on on Friday, 12 November at 7.30pm. Stroll through the precinct and take photos of the beautiful illuminated streets, and buy a hotdog, sweets, biltong or an ice cream on High Street or visit one of your favourite restaurants for dinner.<br /><br />The Christmas Market takes place from 2-4 December. It&rsquo;s where you&rsquo;ll find arts and crafts, festive decorations, fashion items, handy gadgets and more &ndash; in other words, the perfect Christmas present so don&rsquo;t miss it!<br /><br />While not a traditionally South African instrument, the bagpipes are very popular in South Africa, as the crowds show whenever the Jeppe Pipe Band plays at Melrose Arch. We're pleased to welcome this popular band back on Friday, 26 November at 6.45pm. Come meander through the precinct with them as they play seasonal favourites against the backdrop of our beautiful lights.<br /><br />Of course, this time of the year is all about children and Melrose Arch has entertainment lined up to keep the little ones busy. Santa&rsquo;s Corners, in the middle- and upper-level Galleria, have a host of fun activities lined up, including story hours, painting, toys and Santa Claus and his elves. Melrose Arch has also teamed up with Moove Motion Fitness Club&rsquo;s Kids Club and from 12 November to 9 January, young visitors aged between five and 13 will be able to enjoy basketball, action soccer, trampolines, table tennis, a jungle gym and a Playstation 5 arcade area between 3pm and 9.30pm. All proceeds from the Moove Motion Fitness Club&rsquo;s Kids Club will be donated to SA Harvest, Melrose Arch&rsquo;s selected charity for Destination Christmas.<br /><br />SA Harvest is a non-profit organisation on a mission to end hunger in South Africa. One of the ways in which they are doing this is by collecting perishable and non-perishable food that would otherwise have gone to waste, from farmers, manufacturers and the retail and hospitality sectors. The food is efficiently and safely collected by SA Harvest drivers using refrigerated trucks, transported to central warehouses in Joburg, Durban, Cape Town and George, and, once sorted into nutritious bundles, deliveries are made to more than 200 (and growing) approved beneficiary organisations that then prepare meals for thousands of hungry people every day. Visitors to Melrose Arch will find SA Harvest Christmas trees throughout the precinct and, using a QR code, will be able to donate to this worthwhile cause, which has delivered more than 11 million meals to hungry South Africans since its inception in October 2019.<br /><br />The Christmas celebrations come at the end of a remarkable year at Melrose Arch, which despite the pandemic and difficult financial times, has welcomed a number of new tenants to the precinct, including Turkish restaurant Istanbul Kebab, Swirl ice cream, Walkingpad, Premier Body and Health, fashion boutiques Opulence, Jo Matthys and Chiefs of Angels, and more.<br /><br />&ldquo;Now, more than ever, we&rsquo;ve realised the importance of sharing special times with special people, especially our families,&rdquo; says Mike Vermaak, MD of Melrose Arch. &ldquo;The festive season is always a memorable time of the year and here at Melrose Arch, we&rsquo;re pleased to be able to welcome people to our beautifully decorated, safe precinct and help them create memories they&rsquo;ll cherish forever. This year, we have a lot to rejoice in and be grateful for, so let&rsquo;s celebrate!&rdquo;