Christmas has arrived early at Melrose Arch! The precinct’s Christmas lights were switched on on Friday, 22 November 2019 to the sounds of the Mzansi Youth Choir and Mi Casa.
But the festive fun is far from over. Comprising of four smaller gardens, each with its own theme, the Garden on the Piazza was designed by three well-known landscapers. A picturesque bushveld-style garden, designed by Lyn Foster, highlights the beauty of the African bush and the threat our rhinos face due to poaching. Using SnapScan, Melrose Arch visitors can donate to The Boucher Legacy, an organisation that fights rhino poaching. Two arid gardens, both designed by The Friendly Plant, focus on the need for South Africans to conserve water. The first features a trendy fire-pit while the second garden is an Arizona-style creation, with historical elements that take you back in time. The fourth garden, a collaboration between Grace’s Glory Garden Renovation and Oxford Trellis, pays homage to love. A cosy courtyard featuring a vertical garden, the nook depicts the perfect place for an intimate tête-à-tête.
Another Christmastime favourite, the well-known Jeppe Pipe Band returned to Melrose Arch on Friday, 6 December to add to the festive spirit in the precinct, playing favourites like Scotland the Brave, Jingle Bells, Amazing Grace and Little Drummer Boy.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus, so Santa visited alongside the Jeppe Pipe Band!
Extended shopping hours at Melrose Arch from 22 November to 23 December will give people plenty of time to shop, and those who are pressed for time can take their purchases to the gift-wrapping kiosk next to the Concierge Desk in the lower level Galleria where, for a small donation to HospiceWits, they can have their gifts beautifully wrapped.
“Christmas is a special time of the year, especially for families, and Melrose Arch is pleased to be able to help make the festive season a memorable one,” says Mike Vermaak. “We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this year’s Destination Christmas truly spectacular and we look forward to welcoming the people of Gauteng to our safe, beautifully decorated precinct.”