It may be hard to believe it but the festive season is here. As usual the Cape Town Big 6 will be ending the year in style, and kicking off the New Year with a bang. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect at the Cape Town Big 6 over the festive season.
Kirstenbosch Gardens offer the most idyllic setting to ring in the New Year. The famous Kirstenbosch New Years Eve party this year features Mango Groove, supported by Arno Carstens, and tickets are already selling fast. The tranquil, family friendly environment makes this one of the country’s most celebrated New Year’s Eve parties, and it is guaranteed to get 2015 off to the perfect start.
You can purchase tickets to the Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve part on the Cape Town Big 6 ticket page.
Of course, the gardens are open throughout the festive season, so even if you don’t make it to any of the scheduled Kirstenbosch concerts, you can always pack a picnic and head for a tranquil green corner to celebrate with your friends and family.
Once again, the V&A Waterfront will be buzzing throughout the festive season. The Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre is decorated to the rafters and the famous 14 metre high Christmas tree is up on the harbour side.
From the 10th of December shopping hours will be extended from 9am to 10pm right up until Christmas Eve, and there is a long list of events and free entertainment the taking place throughout the summer months. There will also be an exciting Christmas Market at the brand new Watershed on the 15th of December.
The famous and free – New Year’s Eve party promises to be bigger than ever before. There’s a stellar line-up of performers, state of the art visuals and incredible displays to keep you awestruck as the end of the year approaches. The festivities kick off around 6pm and run through to the early hours of the 1st of January. For more information visit the V&A Waterfront website.
The festive season is the busiest time of year at Groot Constantia. There’s plenty on the go for local and international visitors alike. The two restaurants at Groot Constantia, Jonkershuis and Simon’s Restaurant, stay open throughout the festive season. Jonkershuis has one of the most celebrated local menus in the Cape, while the nearby Simon’s offers an altogether different dining experience. This year Simon’s will have a deli opening up, and they will also be packing sumptuous picnic baskets for you to take out and enjoy on the fantastic Groot Constantia lawns.
Wine tastings, which can be paired with chocolates, takes place every hour on the hour, and walks through the pristine vineyards are a great way for the whole family to work off a day of indulgence. You can book tickets to Groot Constantia’s wine tasting, cellar tour and chocolate pairings here.
Cape Point is understandably a favourite end-of-year destination for tourists and locals alike. Walks along the vast deserted beaches make for the perfect end of year reflection time, and the celebrated Two Oceans Restaurant always puts on an incredible selection for festive season diners.
Cape Point Nature reserve fills up quickly over this time, and the restaurant is typically booked up well ahead of time, so it’s important to plan ahead. Get to the gates nice and early if you want guaranteed entrance, and if you’re planning on eating at the restaurant, you can book ahead by calling +27 21 780 9200.
Robben Island Museum
The festive season is one of the busiest at Robben Island Museum as well, and everyone is geared up to welcome international and local visitors to the island.
In anticipation of an increase of visitors over the festive season, and a number of people still travelling to the island to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, Robben Island Museum have increased the number of tours to accommodate the demand. The peak season tours will start earlier, and finish at sunset.
Another exciting development is overnight accommodation on the island, for those who would like to watch the sunrise from Robben Island. You can also tailor-make your tour to suit your needs. Visitors are encouraged to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
For more details on these tours please visit the Robben Island Museum website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book Robben Island tickets directly through the Cape Town Big 6 website.
Table Mountain Cableway
The festive season is always a busy one on Table Mountain, and if you are planning on visiting the top of the mountain, we recommend you buy your Table Mountain Cableway tickets online. You’ll skip the ticket office queue, and be at the top of the mountain before you know it.
The cableway will not be operating until midnight this New Year’s eve, but the good news is you can still spend a good part of the evening among high above the city. The last car will travel down at 9:30pm, and there’s no better way to start your New Year’s Eve festivities than with a glass of bubbly atop a New7Wonder of the world.