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Santa's playground - Emperors Palace

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Fun for the kids!

The setup is very well done and interesting sights lie around each bend in the pathway. The... read more

Reviewed January 1, 2017
Brian M
Johannesburg, South Africa

The lights were amazing and really well organised. Really enjoyed the visit the fun fair was... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2016
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
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  • Average7%
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Jan 1, 2017
“Fun for the kids!”
Dec 31, 2016
“Gorgeous ”
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Emperors Palace. Jones road., Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 1, 2017

The setup is very well done and interesting sights lie around each bend in the pathway. The children loved it. Organisation of this charity event was excellent and crowds were not completely overwhelming

Thank Brian M
Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

The lights were amazing and really well organised. Really enjoyed the visit the fun fair was wonderful also just a bit crowded and slightly chaotic to try and obtain tickets. Overall it was a wonderful night out on Christmas Eve. Thank you

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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Christmas lights and fun rides and food stalls ...lights free of charge...they should consider a small fee and donating to charity. Father CHristmas and elves were understandably very very bored with long queues of kids and moms taking endless pics. To avoid the horrendous...More

Reviewed October 17, 2016

Go early and have dinner in one of the great resturants,then join the queue for a great Christmas attraction.its really worth a visit..with or without children,I love the atmosphere,also get there early for parking.

Thank juliemZ1433ZU
Reviewed June 16, 2016

A lovely trip for adults and kids of all ages. No entrance fee but the queues for parking and entrance were VERY long. I'm sure it would improve if visiting after Christmas. The Father Christmas was a bit tired and not too jolly!!

Reviewed February 22, 2016

Great place to spend the evening during the holiday season. Kids especially enjoy it! Gets quite busy, especially around Christmas.. For a less busy night, try going after New Years.

Thank Chrisyjs007
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Absolutely stunning, other-worldly and beautiful. A must-do at least once. My daughter was blown away. Only issue is the crowds, but still enjoyable. There is food available too, though we didn't eat there but went into the casino to sit down and relax. Highly recommend.

Thank marguerite c
Reviewed January 12, 2016

The most magnificent experience we had the lighting at this place was absolutely beautiful. The led lights that lit up a tree was programmed with the Christmas carols as the music played the lights danced. The other lighting was Santa and the carriage and little...More

Thank devanandr2016
Reviewed December 29, 2015

We went to Garden of Lights yesterday which has been put up at beautifully manicured gardens of the 5-star D'Oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace. It was a great display of magnificent creations with the help of coloured lights. It is a worth to watch...More

Thank Gulati2015
Reviewed January 4, 2015

I must say I didn't enjoy the new set up for Santas playground last Christmas. Everything was squezed together in one corner and there were no jumping castles or water slides for family fun. The ques to the garden of lights were super long every...More

Thank NosiJohannesburg
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