10 Great Movies to Catch at The Galileo Open Air Cinema This December 2023

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This holiday season is about to get a lot merrier with The Galileo’s festive outdoor movie nights for December 2023. Prepare to be transported to a world of holiday enchantment with The Galileo Open Air Cinema’s Christmas-themed movie line-up, perfect for the entire family.

Special movie screenings for Christmas in Cape Town are elevated thanks to themed decor, candy canes and Santa hats, a hearty helping of popcorn, a backrest and a blanket for all, ensuring supreme comfort, perfect for those post-sunset family cuddles. Be sure to partake in giant lawn games, greet fellow movie lovers and share the joy on Christmas Day.

There are so many activities for the kids and it’s time to enjoy the movie magic, a hearty picnic experience and exclusive Christmas attractions on the banks of Kirstenbosch Gardens and other great venues too.

What’s on at The Galileo this month:

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Dirty Dancing

Classic movie buffs will love this special screening of Dirty Dancing, a 1987 American romantic drama dance film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The film showing at The Galileo tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey), a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Saturday, 9 December 2023. Doors open at 5pm and movie starts at 8.15pm
Where: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Strand Rd, R44, Stellenbosch

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Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat is a 2009 American romantic comedy centred around four couples who settle on a tropical island for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional. It stars Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristin Bell and others.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Monday, 11 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

Grease

Grease

Grease is a classic musical rom-com that unfolds the 1958 summer romance of T-Bird greaser – Danny and good girl – Australian transfer student Sandy. The film stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny and Sandy.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Tuesday, 12 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

Galileo Open Air Cinema - The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is a biographical musical about young Phineas T. Barnum’s life as a child, entrepreneur, museum owner, circus producer, and entertainment producer. Celebrating the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Wednesday, 13 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The ever-popular Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is back at The Galileo. This 2018 British-American jukebox musical romantic comedy sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, which in turn is based on the 1999 musical of the same name using the music of ABBA.

The film features an ensemble cast, including Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy García, Meryl Streep, and Cher. Both a prequel and a sequel, the plot is set after the events of the previous film and is intersected with flashbacks to Donna’s youth in 1979, with some scenes from the two time periods mirroring each other.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Saturday, 16 December 2023. Doors open at 5pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Nederburg Wine Farm, Sonstraal Rd, Paarl

The Last Christmas

The Last Christmas

The Last Christmas promises a delightful romantic comedy-drama experience. The film stars Emilia Clarke, a woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year-round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she forms a relationship with a mysterious man (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Wednesday, 20 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

The Family Stone

The Family Stone

The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film. The plot follows the Christmas holiday misadventures of the Stone family in a small New England town when the eldest son brings his uptight girlfriend home intending to propose to her with a cherished heirloom ring. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, which triggers further complications.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Thursday, 21 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

Home Alone

Home Alone – SOLD OUT!

As Christmas Eve approaches, there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than by joining in the fun for a special screening featuring the heart-warming holiday classic Home Alone. In this touching film suitable for all ages, viewers will follow the adventures of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, who finds himself home alone during a family vacation where he must protect his home from two bumbling burglars.

A fun, festive, family show for Christmas Eve!

This special event includes a festive-themed picnic movie experience, tickets are R275 per person and include popcorn, candy cane, Christmas hat, a backrest, and blanket.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Sunday, 24 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

The Grinch Special Christmas Day Show

The Grinch Special Christmas Day Show

The celebrations at The Galileo continue into Christmas Day, where Kirstenbosch delivers the perfect backdrop to unforgettable holiday memories and perhaps even a new holiday tradition.

The Grinch, the 2018 American computer-animated Christmas comedy film, is screening on Christmas Day. The Grinch is a cynical and solitary creature who decides to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville, a cheerful and festive community. However, his plans take an unexpected turn when he encounters Cindy Lou Who, a young girl who teaches him the true meaning of Christmas.

A fun, festive, family show for Christmas Day!

The Galileo Open Air Cinema promises adds a festive touch with holiday-themed decor, for the ultimate photo opportunity.  Tickets are R275 per person and include popcorn, a candy cane and a Santa hat. You’ll also receive a backrest and blanket, ensuring ultimate comfort and a perfect opportunity for post-sunset family cuddles.

Doors open at 6pm, and before the movie starts at sunset around 8:30pm. Do make sure to join in giant lawn games, enjoy a picnic, play card games, snap some photos, and mingle with fellow movie enthusiasts.

Forget any slaving over a hot stove this festive period and rather indulge in the on-site mini-market, where you’re able to indulge in mouth-watering pizza, juicy burgers and tasty wraps. Try the bar and barista services, where you can sip back and relax. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Halaal options are available.

Cost: R275 per person, book via Webtickets

When: Monday, 25 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

Spiderman Across The Spider-Verse

Spiderman: Across The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is a 2023 American computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man. Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.

Cost: From R140pp, book via Webtickets

When: Wednesday, 27 December 2023. Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 8.30pm
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town

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