December in Cape Town is something of an event in and of itself. As the festive season approaches, the city sparks to life celebrating the balmy weather and holiday atmosphere, and local venues do not disappoint with entertainment. Here are a few things to get up to if you find yourself at a loose end this long weekend.
Carols at Kirstenbosch
For the 31st year running, this event brings growing crowds back every December! Enjoy singing along to all your favourite carols under the open air while enjoying a picnic in the botanical scenery. The Rotary Club, in partnership with Pick ‘n Pay, hosts the proceedings and are to be congratulated for making this a quintessentially Cape Town Christmas event for young and old! You can purchase ticket through Webtickets here.
Bubbly & Gin Summer Festival
Taking place on the 14th of December for the third year in a row, this festival showcases Cape Town’s top wine, gin and MCC producers. Entry to the event includes complimentary tasting until 3pm in your complimentary signature glass. Enjoy a variety of food stalls while you sip away, and don’t miss the all day live music. Tickets can be purchased here.
Cape Town Sevens
In case you missed it, we have an entire blog devoted to why you should make a point of attending the Cape Town Sevens tournament this year. If you want to relive the excitement and unity that this year’s Rugby World Cup brought to the nation, then this is the event for you! With heats running over three days before culminating in the final on Sunday the 15th, and featuring both men’s and women’s teams, be sure to head down to Cape Town Stadium to support your favourites!
V&A Kids Christmas Show
Meet Zoemba the Rhino, Jelly the elephant and other unforgettable characters in the V&A Waterfront’s Christmas show extravaganza! This is the perfect event for little ones, featuring both local and festive sing-alongs, as well as free face painting and even a colouring in competition! Sing and dance your way into the long weekend with this unmissable production.
Mirage Forever Summer Concert
Enjoy a smooth sail aboard South Africa’s largest and most luxurious catamaran, The Mirage. Not only can you enjoy breathtaking views from the V&A to Clifton, but get in the party spirit with a guest artist performance by TIMO ODV on Sunday the 15th. An at sea concert is certainly not your every day festive event, so don’t miss this!
Galileo Open Air Cinema
For those looking to simply kick back and relax this weekend, look no further than The Galileo. Enjoy all your cinematic favourites under the starry summer sky. There are a few locations around Cape Town playing a variety of films, so the experience could not be more convenient, and food and drink are on offer at all venues. This weekend’s lineup Avengers: Endgame on Friday at Meerendal Wine Estate Durbanville, Mamma Mia on Saturday at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate Stellenbosch, Ferdinand on Sunday at Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands. Get your tickets here.
With plenty on offer this Reconciliation Day weekend, there’s bound not to be a dull moment! Make sure to book tickets in advance as these amazing events will sell out quickly. December in Cape Town isn’t just a month – it’s a party!
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