Last updated on Dec 10th, 2018 at 01:55 pm

After the Christmas Day traditions of opening gifts and eating (too much), families might be on the hunt for something fun to do together…

Instead of leaving it to the last minute, we’ve put some ideas together for families; whether you’re in the big cities of South Africa or in smaller towns on their outskirts. These are also fabulous options for families that don’t celebrate Christmas.

Go shopping

Most of the bigger malls are open on Christmas Day and will be quieter than the weeks preceding the holidays. An added bonus: the sales will be awesome! If some of the shops are closed, enjoy a quick window-shop and plan your next purchases.

Catch a movie

Most movie houses, like Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, will be open on 25 December and showing some of the latest blockbusters. Grab some popcorn and a Slush Puppie and head to the cinema for a day of pure entertainment.

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Go ice-skating

The bigger ice rinks will be operating on Christmas Day. This is the perfect way to keep little ones entertained and to burn off some energy from the sugar buzz of all those treats. There are big ice rinks in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town, and Amanzimtoti, amongst others.

Eat out

If you don’t do Christmas, take this opportunity to go to a restaurant for a fabulous meal rather than staying in and cooking. But be sure to book ahead, as some restaurants are offering Christmas lunch specials!

If you normally have a big Christmas cook-up at home, consider having a more intimate function at a restaurant for a real spoil (no dishes to wash up!).

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Picnic fun

Round up family and friends and head to a nearby park or field for a day outside. Pack some snacks and drinks, a ball and a Frisbee, and watch as everyone gets a chance to relax and breathe in the fresh air of the outdoors.

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Go up Table Mountain

If you’re in the Mother City for the season, the cable car will be taking visitors up and down Table Mountain on the 25th and promises to be an awesome adventure for families. Opt for an afternoon trip if you’d like to watch the sun set over the ocean in a silent display of utter beauty.

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Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, there will probably be quite a few local charity or soup kitchen initiatives that could do with another set of hands. Spending your time doing this will not only help those in need, but will also give you a kind of happiness that only comes from giving.