Get Fun and Fancy-Free this Festive Season in Cape Town
While there may not be sleigh-bells ringing or snow glistening in the lane, Cape Town still has tons of fun activities to enjoy over the month of December. From Christmas-themed events to crazy New Year’s Parties to fabulous festivals, there’s something to tickle everybody’s fancy.
Inner City Wine Route
With over 800 wine farms in and around Cape Town, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide which ones to visit and when .Thankfully, Tuning The Vineoffers a marvellous solution that truly simplifies life. Tuning the Vine, ‘The Inner City Wine Route’, will be bringing the wines (and gin) to us on Wednesday, 12 December2018 in the very heart of town at a variety of venues in the Cape Town CBD centred around Bree Street. Buy your tickets, bring a buddy, grab your glass and your Tuning the Vine map and get tasting!
Carols by Candlelight
What would the season be without a beautiful rendition of Silent Night and Joy to the World? The annual over 20-year-old Christmas event hosted by The Rotary Club of Kirstenboschand held at Kirstenbosch Gardens will be taking place this year over the course of three nights: Thursday 13, Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018. Led by the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir performing those beloved traditional Christmas carols from 7:45pm until 9:30pm. Bring your own picnic baskets to enjoy the family or pre-order a Pick ‘n Pay basket Pick n Pay for R195pp including a baguette, cheeses, pates, brownies plus more. There will also be food stalls on site should you prefer something a little more substantial such as a juicy burger or gammon roll for the occasion. Tickets available from www.webtickets.co.za
New Years Eve
A new addition to the NYE festivities on offer is Alcazar NYE, the brainchild of Wolfkop Weekender and Bazique Festival. With a wacky Eastern theme, this Inner City Outdoor Party promises to be one to remember. Boasting 2 stages of live acts – a 3D printed and video-mapped building facia of an Arabian fortress (stage 1) and a ballroom stage in a heritage building (stage 2) – these two fantastical stages present favourite local DJ’s amidst a backdrop of out-of-this world décor and performance art. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Eastern-inspired outfits, to leave their inhibitions behind and be ready to party.
While some prefer to usher in the New Year with booze, beats and buddies there are some who relish in the quiet contemplative moments. Take the opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and focus your mind on the year to come with an energising Secret SunriseYoga Session. Don your headphones, block out all distractions and just breathe and relax. Happening on 11 and 22 December 2018 you can find the date and location that best suits to get your silent yoga mojo on.
Galilleo Open Air Cinema
There’s nothing quite like watching an epic movie under the canopy of a starlit sky alongside your favourite people. Now with several locations throughout the Western Cape including the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Winelands and several rotating venues, there’s no excuse not to enjoy this outdoor viewing experience that is the Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Every event is a unique experience that starts at 6pm on weekdays, 5pm on Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays. The movie genres range from action, to romance, to documentaries and beyond so check out the schedule and book your favourite screening!
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
Happening every Sunday from now until March 2019, gates open at 4pm with the concert start times varying between 5pm and 5:30pm and ending at 7pm. Featuring up and coming local artists such as Jeremy Loops and GoodLuck as well as nostalgic acts such as Boney M and Mango Groove, expect an evening of great music in beautiful surrounds set against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes. Pack a picnic basket (or pre-order one from the Mojo Restaurant Kirstenbosch or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room), bring your friends and family and enjoy!