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Festive Things To Do In Cape Town

It’s the most merry time of the year to celebrate everything we love about festive. End off the year in fitting style with a range of events curated especially for the holiday season. You can enjoy movies under the stars, fantastic plays at the theatre and unwind with dinner and drinks at some of Cape Town’s most idyllic locations. It’s all about sharing these precious moments with the kids, family and friends – there’s a great lineup of activities and special festivities suited for all ages. So let’s make new fond memories with those we cherish most and enjoy the festive season.

Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

A Timeless Christmas tale

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been playing to sold-out audiences for the last 5 years and will be on the stage again.

Adapted and directed by Elizma Badenhorst with soundtrack by Wessel Odendaal, it has been described as ‘a sumptuous banquet for the eyes, ears and imagination; a sensory delight for any tired soul. This year’s edition sees the return of the production to celebrate the festive season with loved ones.

Where: Theatre on The Bay, Link Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town
When: 6 – 16 December | 7pm
Cost: R180 – R280

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Franschhoek Village Christmas Market

Franschhoek Village Christmas Market

An idyllic market

Every year, the Franschhoek Village Market hosts a special 3-day Christmas Market. This is the place where locals and hundreds of holiday makers spend a day under the historic oak trees located in the old church gardens. Attendees can enjoy affordable artisan foods paired with the best wines from the Franschhoek surroundings and shopping for some handcrafted goods.

With over 100 hand-picked traders you can expect unique arts and crafts, vintage clothing, antiques and a remarkable variety of delicatessen, fresh produce, craft beer, coffee brewers amongst many other treats.

Where: 29 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
When: 15 – 17 Dec 2023 | Fri – Sat 9am to 4pm | Sun 10am to 3pm

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - SA Bone Marrow Registry

SABMR Movie Night

Spoil the Kids to movie night and Meet Santa Claus

SA Bone Marrow Registry is hosting an fun open-air movie night fundraiser at Kirstenbosch Gardens. This family-friendly event in Cape Town runs on Monday, 18 December and also includes an evening filled with live entertainment by the Ambience Band, lawn games for the children and a pop-in by Santa Claus.

The majestic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the ideal setting for this open-air movie night where the Rise of the Guardians (2012) will be screened. This Dreamworks animated movie follows Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, and the Sandman as they join forces to protect the worlds’ children from the evil Boogeyman.

To get the festive spirit started, Santa Claus will be making an appearance for a meet and greet as well as photo opportunities.

Where: Marquee Lawn, Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
When: Monday 18 December, from 6pm. Movie starts at 8pm
Cost: Various please see more at link below | Book via Computicket

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Naledi’s Dream

V&A Festive Show

Naledi’s Dream – an enchanting musical

V&A Waterfront is keeping both kids and grown-ups entertained over the summer holiday break with Naledi’s Dream, an exciting new live musical show running at the popular destination in Cape Town from 16 to 23 December 2023.

This production will be staged inside a purpose-built theatre over the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre for an immersive indoor theatrical experience.

Where: Amphitheatre V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: Running from 16 to 23 December 2023, daily at 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm
Cost: R100pp, book via Webtickets

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Benguela Cove

Benguela Cove

A magical series of festivity

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Benguela Cove’s fabulous dinner and disco party this New Year’s Eve? Start the evening by taking in the sunset with canapes and drinks before heading to Moody Lagoon for dinner.

Chef Annie Badenhorst will craft a special tasting menu that underscores elegant courses anchored in fresh, seasonal produce. The after-party will kick in after dinner with DJ entertainment to keep you dancing until the glitter cannons go off at midnight.

See movies under the stars at Benguela Cove, featuring blockbuster movies and cult classics. Prepare a picnic and your favourite treats or indulge in the on-site licensed bar and candy bar. Plus there’s also a photo booth where you can capture fun new memories.

Where: Benguela Cove Wine Estate, R43, Botriver Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus
When: Various, see link below for more information
Cost: Various see link below

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Love & Light Festival

Love & Light Festival

An electronic music experience

The Love & Light Festival is an unforgettable night of cutting-edge electronic music, immersing its audience in the captivating sounds of progressive psytrance and techno, headlined by international act Vini Vici.

This event is dedicated to showcasing the raw power and transformative energy of these genres. Renowned artists from across the globe will take the stage, delivering mind-bending sets that push the boundaries of sonic exploration.

Where: Ostrich Ranch, Van Schoorsdrif Rd, Philadelphia, Cape Town
When: 23 Dec 2023 | 2pm to 2am
Cost: From R350pp | Book via Howler

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German Inspired Christmas Market

German Inspired Christmas Market

A Christmas market with a European twist

Yes! Exclusive Flowers hosts a German inspired Christmas market every Saturday before Christmas weekend in at their showroom in Paarden Eiland. The market features original German decorations and delights with a range of vendors.

Guests can show a variety of Christmas gifting ideas and a selection of dried and fresh flowers. The market also offers German Christmas trees and greens, colourful Christmas wreaths, tasty home-made Christmas cookies, nutcrackers and modern and traditional Christmas decorations.

Tasty treats such as Gingerbread, Stollen, German sausages and rolls are also available.

Where: 33 Section Street, Paarden Eiland Cape Town
When: 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2023 | Saturday, 9am to 3pm

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A Lipizzaner Christmas

A Lipizzaner Christmas

An festive, interaction equestrian showcase

The South African Lipizzaners, at the Mistico Equestrian Centre in Paarl, presents the A Lipizzaner Christmas, a jaw-dropping performance of horses. The show is an interactive, educational and musical experience for everyone. After the show, visitors can meet the horses in the barn for a closer encounter.

Where: Mistico Equestrian Centre, R312 Lichtenburg Rd, Paarl Farms, Paarl
When: 2, 3, 9, 10, 20,21,22 & 23 December 2023| 3pm
Cost: Adults R200 | Pensioners & Children under 12 R150

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A Summer Night’s Dream at Spier

A Summer Night’s Dream at Spier

An immersive family-friendly show

A Summer Night’s Dream is an enchanting family-friendly show, staged outdoors in a magnificent natural amphitheatre on the farm.

As night falls, a troupe of weird and wonderful characters gathers to create a world of fantasy, bringing the landscape alive with colour and sound. The hour-long performance features a cast of dancers, musicians, singers, and actors. There is a 5-minute walk to the performance area and seating is outdoors on the grass. Celebrate the festive season this year by doing something different with your whole family.

Where: Spier Werf Lawns, Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Dr, Stellenbosch
When: 15 & 16 December
Cost: Various ticket options from R200 – R500 | Kids under 12 R70 | Kids under 2 Free

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - MCQP


Embrace a premiere LGBTQ+ celebration

MCQP returns with its much anticipated annual extravaganza “Back to the Future.”

Cabo Beach Club will transform into a realm where past, present, and future collide in a spectacular explosion of nostalgia and imagination. MCQP has been South Africa’s premier costume and LGBTQ+ celebration.

This event is more than just a party, it’s a celebration of the diverse community, a welcoming home, a showcase of creativity and a chance to honour the collective past while embracing a thrilling future together in a safe space.

Where: Cabo Beach Club, 12 S Arm Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
When: 16 December 2023 | 2pm to 2am
Cost: R450 (excluding booking fee of R34.31)

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Festive Things To Do in Cape Town - Rugby HSBC SVNS


An immersive day of sport and partying

The massive international event comes to Cape Town to pitch the best sevens rugby teams against each other, for the opportunity to play in the grand final in Madrid.

Highlights of the Cape Town event include a beach pavilion, a food market, live music, cocktail bars, and various stands, each with their own attractions. It’s not just about the spectators. The HSBC SVNS event is a playing and partying experience, with mass-participation tournaments across amateur Rugby 7s, Touch Rugby and Functional Fitness being held on-site.

Where: DHL Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
When: 9 – 10 Dec 2023 | Time TBC
Cost: From R350 | Book via Rugby HSBC SVNS

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