Joburg’s Best Christmas Lights: Moray Drive, Bryanston

by | Dec 14, 2023 | Arts and Culture, Johannesburg, Sandton and Surrounds | 7 comments

Christmas lights and decorations aren’t a big thing in Joburg. A huge percentage of the city’s houses are behind high walls, and a huge percentage of the city’s residents leave town for the Christmas/summer holidays. So most Joburgers don’t bother with outdoor Christmas decorations, but I recently learned about a notable exception: Moray Drive in Bryanston.

Christmas lights on Moray Drive, Bryanston
Visitors check out the Christmas lights on Moray Drive in Bryanston.

The Moray Drive Christmas display, masterminded by Bryanston resident Danielle Goff, a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, has apparently been an annual tradition for the past 18 years. I only found out about it a couple of weeks ago, thanks to a post by my friend Kennedy of Microadventure Tours, and Thorsten and I drove up to Bryanston this week to check it out. Bryanston is quite a trek from Brixton but the drive was totally worth it — this is a true Joburgian experience.

Like so many suburban Joburg streets, Moray Drive has no sidewalks. Dodging traffic as we admired the decorations made the experience more authentic.
Strange Christmas Santa string
A string of Christmas Santas hanging by their hats. Cute or creepy? You be the judge.
Christmas decorations on a palisade fence.
Decorations tacked to a spiked palisade fence protecting a bird sanctuary. So Joburg.

Visiting the Christmas Lights/Decorations of Moray Drive

I wanted to check out the decorations in daylight and the lights at night. So we drove up at around 5:30 p.m., took a stroll up and down the street as the sun went down, then grabbed dinner and came back again after dark. There are lots of different things to see both before and after dark so I recommend this approach if you are a true Christmas enthusiast.

The entire display stretches for about three or four blocks — between Cumberland Avenue and Logan Avenue — but the serious stuff is concentrated around 55 Moray Drive, which I assume is Mrs. Claus’ house. Read more about Mrs. Claus, who seems to be a very colorful person, in this article by the Sandton Chronicle.

We found a few parking spaces at the far end of the display, near the intersection of Moray Drive and Logan Avenue, and meandered our way up from there. The decorations pick up steam as you get closer to Mrs. Claus’ house.

Thorsten at weird Christmas house
This house didn’t have a ton going on but I liked the doorway.
Weird Christmas tree display
There were a lot of funny collections like this up in the trees.
Santa under light
Tiny Santas everywhere.
Santa's mail box
Santa’s mail box.
Santa's throne
Santa’s giant throne. I assume Santa himself comes by sometimes but I’m not sure when.
Team of Rudolphs
A team of Rudolphs.
Christmas balls
I love these Christmas balls.

The pièce de résistance of the entire street is definitely the Mrs. Claus hut and surrounding display in front of 55 Moray Drive. Words don’t sufficiently describe it.

Mrs' Claus display
The Grinch
The Grinch looms above.
Mrs. Claus hut
Mrs. Claus dominatrix
A Mrs. Claus Christmas dominatrix. Love it.
Heather in Mrs. Claus' hut
I was a little scared of the dominatrix.

And then we came back later for the lights, which are fabulous and not to be missed.

Thorsten looking at the lights
I like how the lights twinkled on Thorsten’s glasses.
Mr.s Claus Christmas lights
A happy family.
Christmas balls lit up
The Christmas balls were even prettier after dark.
Merry Christmas from Moray Drive
Merry Christmas from Moray Drive.

I rate this Joburg Christmas experience a 10 out of 10. Go check it out if you’re around during the holidays. Follow Mrs. Claus on Facebook for more information.

Thorsten and I are leaving town for an exciting road trip tomorrow. (Yes, I’ve become one of those Joburgers — checking out on 15 December.) So this will probably be my final post of 2023, but I’ve got a ton of exciting content planned for early 2024. Thanks for reading! Happy holidays.


  1. dizzylexa

    That’s quite a display. Happy holidays to you and Thorsten, safe travels, have a great time and see you in the New Year.

    • 2summers

      Thanks Gail! You too.

  2. Mr B

    Very lovely thanks. I love Christmas. Enjoy the festive season.

    • 2summers

      Thanks, you too!

  3. AutumnAshbough

    Always down for Christmas lights. Those balls do look cool. How are they illuminated?

    • 2summers

      I’m not sure…Maybe battery operated? Out electrical grid is extremely unreliable at the moment so I’m guessing they must have some kind of alternative power source.

  4. Lani

    Looks like fun, glad to share in your holiday photos, xo


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