How do you celebrate Christmas?

Finland is lucky enough to have Santa on their doorsteps. Ireland’s Catholics celebrate Christmas up until the 6th of January. Only one percent of China celebrates Christmas and their Santa is called Shen Dan Lao Ren and France indulges in desserts like brûche de Noël. How do you celebrate Christmas?

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

I believe a summer Christmas is one of the best kinds of Christmas to have. For many South African families Christmas already starts with putting up their Christmas trees late in November. Christmas Eve is known for its roast beef or suckling pig with yellow rice and vegetables, rounded off with the very popular and traditional Malva Pudding. (Find the recipe by following this link: MALVA PUDDING). Christmas Day, however, goes hand in hand with watermelon, cold meat, trifle and large outstretched lawns. Boxing Day (the day after Christmas, also known as Family Day) is also a public holiday in South Africa and many people like to be “out and about” with friends and family on this day – the ideal excuse for visiting the Riviera on Vaal and Maccauvlei on Vaal, if you ask me. Here is why:

  • Both the Riviera on Vaal and Maccauvlei on Vaal have great festive celebration promotions this year, including delicious Christmas and Family Day lunches, Vaal River cruises and kiddies’ entertainment programmes.
  • Both venues are in close proximity of Johannesburg – close enough for a day visit.
  • There are enough activities to choose from for the whole family: golf, spa, a large chess board, trampolines, a swimming pool, a kids’ playroom and pitch and putt.
  • After two days of hard work in the kitchen, I bet mom needs some time off!
  • Lengthening the visit gives you the opportunity to celebrate the New Year from the banks of the Vaal River with stunning river views, delicious cocktails and live entertainment.

Celebrate Christmas Riviera on Vaal and Maccauvlei on Vaal style!

For more information or bookings at the Riviera on Vaal, contact Reservations on 016 420 1300 or Maccauvlei on Vaal can be contacted on 016 420 2000 or


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