Everyone knows that Christmas and the holiday season is a great time to explore the shopping centers. Whether you're there to window shop, are looking for holiday events and performances or a place to enjoy your Christmas dinner, you'll find all you need in Sandton. The recession has hit the country pretty hard, but this has not stopped the early Christmas spending. Shopping centers in an around Johannesburg are rapidly filling up on the weekends, where consumers are going on a hunt to find that special gift for their loved ones, friends and family. There is no better place to experience that warm fuzzy feeling than in the heart of Sandton, a city filled with the boutiques and retail outlets that are to die for, and to top it off with some of the best restaurants in South Africa. Sandton is a shoppers dream and caters for everybody in the family and the best part about it is that it is so easily accessible from any of the surrounding suburbs as well as just a short drive from OR Tambo International airport. There are 2 main attractions in Sandton, namely the Sandton City Shopping Centre and the famous Nelson Mandela Square, these both host a number of excellent shops and restaurants. The square itself boasts 93 exclusive shops and is filled with top class restaurants which all have seating space outside, so that those who want to can soak up the South African sun, whilst sipping on a refreshing glass of "vino". Just remember to take a picture of yourself standing next to the incredible "Nelson Mandela" statue, which seems to be drawing the attention of everybody even local South Africans. Enter the mall for an exciting shopping experience, you will not come away disappointed, with over 300 leading retailers, this iconic destination is home to a profusion of stylish and cosmopolitan experiences. This entertainment hub showcases the best South Africa and the world has to offer, from local artworks to the latest Louis Vuitton bags straight in from France. Your shopping and entertainment experience does not end here; Sandton is also home to the Sandton Convention Centre which is Southern Africa's international leading and most prestigious, multi-purpose exhibition and convention centre. Upcoming events in the month of November include The FNB Whisky Live Festival, which has been called "The biggest and best consumer whisky festival in the world" Sandton is clearly no slouch in the entertainment arena and will most definitely taunt any shopaholic's taste buds.