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Anuska and Xander Deysel have a merry meeting with Father Christmas at Mall of the North. (Photo: Suuplied)

Festive fun at Mall of the North


Significantly extended shopping hours with great deals on offer turned 15 December 2017 into a day filled with Christmas joy at Mall of the North.
Stores at Mall of the North only closed their doors at 21:00 and gave shoppers ample time to do their Christmas shopping before most people’s holidays officially started on 16 December, the Day of Reconciliation.
Local singers, the Capricorn Choir, added an air of merriment to the day as they entertained late night shoppers with Christmas carols and other songs.
There was, however, much more to see and do at the mall throughout the Festive Season, ensuring fun and entertainment for young and old. Game Court was turned into a hub where families could relax with a round of indoor putt-putt, sip gourmet coffee and craft beer supplied by The Grind and have their photos taken with Father Christmas.
Mall of the North also prepared a special place for a mailbox where children younger than 14 years could post their letters to the North Pole. The writer of the best letter will win a R500 gift voucher at Toys R Us.
Gift wrapping stations were placed at strategic locations and manned by volunteers for the Association for People with Disability (APD), Cansa and the SPCA. Each charity asked for a small donation to beautifully wrap the gifts that shoppers bought at the mall and the money will be used for much needed projects at each charity.
Etu Javier Lopez entertained shoppers with his unique soothing sounds at the food court, transporting them to the jungles of South America or the mesas in North America – if only for a minute or two before they continued their Festive Season purchases.
Lopez was born in the USA and his father was of Chiricahua Apache and Lekota descent. He is proud to say that the famous Geronimo was one of his forefathers. He grew up in Bolivia and expertly blends the sounds of the Inca with the sounds of his father’s people.
The fun did not stop once shoppers exited the doors of the mall and a wide variety of fun rides are still tempting the brave and curious with bright lights and upbeat music. Groups of friends and families can make use of this attraction until Sunday.

Story and photos: MARKI FRANKEN

Tumisho Sekgota enjoys the freedom of the swings.

Helise and Xander Duvenhage enjoy a cup of coffee at The Grind’s stand in Game Court.

Karisma Landman and Sherika Kalla volunteer at the SPCA gift wrapping station.

Margaret Malatji, APD Promotions and Awareness Officer, is ready to start wrapping gifts.

Volunteers Caroline Strydom, Therese van Deventer and Bianca Wessels at the Cansa gift wrapping table.

Kgaogelo and Kopano Thaba find the Mexican Wave fun ride a little daunting.