Looking for the best of Cape Town’s festivities this December, somewhere fun to take the kids, or the perfect places to ring in the New Year? We’ve got you covered – here are some highlights from the Cape Town Big 6.
Once again the V&A Waterfront has gone all out for the festive season, which has again made it one of the city’s must-visit destinations at this time of year. Fairy lit trees line the walkways, and street poles will reflect off a crown of snowflakes onto the sidewalk. Hallways and entrances in Victoria Wharf Shopping mall have been transformed into an underwater world, and an enthralling Santa’s Workshop has been set up in the Centre Court for the younger shoppers.
The true centrepiece, however, is the impressive 14 metre high outdoor Christmas tree, which makes for the perfect backdrop to your festive family photograph.
The holiday trading hours for the V&A Waterfront kick in from the 12th to the 24th of December, which means you can shop from 9am to 10pm without interruption. There is also a raft of activities on offer, including the spectacular New Year ’s Eve concert – read the Big 6 guide to Cape Town summer events for details.
If you were planning on celebrating Christmas or New Year ’s Day at the popular Two Oceans restaurant, we’re afraid you’re out of luck – all seating has already been reserved and it’s fully booked. Dining at the restaurant is one of the most popular festive activities, so if you missed out this year, start planning for 14 soon!
If you intend heading to Cape Point on any other days during December and January, make sure you get there nice and early, and be sure to reserve a table at the restaurant ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Cape Point remains open throughout the festive season, and the wide-open plains, beautiful beaches and impressive views offer the perfect place to get some perspective over this time of year. And if you’re Capetonian, you can now pick up a My Greencard for just R105, which gives you 12 entries into the reserve, meaning you can return throughout the year.
Groot Constantia will once again play host to the Symphony Choir on the terraces, which is a sure way to get into the festive spirit. The event is on the 19th of December and runs between 5pm and 9pm. Tickets are available from Computicket.
Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway is taking festivities to the top of the mountain this year, with appearances from Santa, entertainment as you await your ride, special Christmas meals at the Table Mountain Café, and extended hours on New Year’s Eve.
Santa and his fairies will be on top of the Mountain on Christmas Eve between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and again on Christmas day from 10.30am to 2.30pm to spread the Christmas cheer, and all children that ride on the Cableway will receive a captivating Table Mountain activity book.
The Table Mountain Café will also be serving a special Christmas menu from the 23rd to the 27th of December, featuring the likes of roast turkey and malva pudding.
There are few places more spectacular to ring in the New Year than from the top of Table Mountain, and, weather permitting, the Cableway will stay open later than usual on New Year’s Eve. The last car will go up at 11pm, and the last one down at 1am, allowing you plenty of time to celebrate the New Year high above the Mother City.
In between all the festivities, the ever-popular Sunset Special will still be underway, with discounted tickets available to children and adults departing after 6pm until the 20th of December, and again from the 6th of January until the 28th of February.
New Year’s Eve at Kirstenbosch Gardens has become one of the most popular events in the city, and this year will be no different. Goldfish, Yoav, and Tailor will keep you entertained with an eclectic mix of music sure to get you moving, and there can be few venues that rival the natural amphitheater in Kirstenbosch Gardens. Tickets for the Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve concert are available via Webtickets and sell out fast, so book now!
WATCH: Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Series 2012