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Ho Ho How to Celebrate Christmas in July

Great ways to ring in ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ during Cape Town’s winter 

Do you cherish the Christmas season? Then why not celebrate it twice a year!

Christmas in July is the Southern Hemisphere’s mid-year chance to observe all of the wintry Yuletide traditions that come with the merry December holiday.  

Cape Town has taken the occasion to heart, with many of the its restaurants, wine farms and even surrounding towns hosting festive occasions jam-packed with everything from tinsel to eggnog. And to help you make the most of the upcoming 25th of July, we’ve scoured the city for Christmas-y events as well as given you some top tips on how to deck the halls at home.  Tra la la laa!

1. Indulge in an Authentic Christmas Dinner at Kelvin Grove 
Who wouldn't want to spend an evening being entertained by a live pianist, while dining on a decedent three-course meal at Kelvin Grove in Newlands? On Saturday, 22 July 2017 you'll be able to enjoy a true Christmas in July celebration with all the bells and whistles at their Terrace Restaurant. The smart casual evening is all-inclusion at a cost of R235 per person, menu editions include smoked duck breast with sour cherry and apple on gluhwein reduction, as well as ending off the evening with mince pies (something that no Christmas celebration should be without). Bookings can be made at The Terrace on +27 (0)21 658 4533. 


144 Campground Road | Newlands | +27 (0)21 658 4500

2. Wishing for Christmas at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West
Christmas and stage shows go hand in hand for us (a good bit of panto will fix anything), and the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West are opening up their doors for a Noel fiesta! This show follows a group of characters that go on an adventure to search for the true meaning of Christmas. These jolly souls will infect you all with Christmas in July joy and will leave you with a big smile on your face! Head out to Somerset West between Friday, 7 and Saturday, 15 July 2017. For tickets, head to Compticket.com. Merry Christmas, kind of.


Swalle Street | Golden Acre | +27 (0)82 678 9077

3. Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights in Gordons Bay
The seaside town of Gordon’s Bay, located just 50 minutes outside of the Mother City, hosts its magical annual winter festival once again this year, from Friday, 30 June to Sunday, 9 July 2017. The charming fair calls on local establishments to dress in fairy lights and offer up delicious eats and family-friendly activities designed to get even the Scroogiest of Scrooges in a festive mood. While the magical Fairy Forest dazzles kids, parents can indulge in a food fair or take a romantic walk along the twinkling harbour bridge. Guests can also expect wine tastings, fine fare, three different markets, a beer tent (which will also be serving glühwein) and plenty of activities for the little ones for the duration of the festival. While there’s no charge involved in attending the merry affair, certain activities do carry a price. Be sure to check out this merry winter festival in Gordons Bay this July!


101 Beach Road | Gordon’s Bay | +27 (0)21 856 0994

4. Dinner and Jazz at Marianne Wine Estate
The Stellenbosch-based Marianne Wine Estate is hosting a charming dinner accompanied by live Jazz music at the on-site restaurant, Floreal Brasserie. This intimate evening boasts a hearty, tasty meal which begins with delicious starters and pairs each course with Marianne Estate’s classic wines for the perfect balance. All this, topped with sweet Jazz melodies makes this the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July! Jazz music will play from 7:30pm until 9:30pm and entrance is free. This dinner and Jazz duo is simply irresistible!


Valley Road (Off R44) | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 875 5040

5. Christmas in July at Benguela on Main
Indulge with style and elegance at Benguela on Main’s Christmas in July celebration. On Saturday, 22 July 2017, the flawless fine dining restaurant, Benguela on Main, is bringing you culinary artistry at the hands of Executive Chef Jean Delport. The decadent five course meal is to be paired with one of Benguela’s world-class wines and guests will be treated to little Christmas surprises throughout the evening. This one-night-only dining experience is not to be missed! The cost for Christmas in July at Benguela on Main is R600p/p. Bookings are essential. Contact +27 (0) 87 357 0637 to make a reservation. This exquisite meal at Benguela on Main is not to be missed!


Main Road | Somerset West | +27 (0)87 357 0637

TIPS FOR HOSTING YOUR OWN XMAS IN JULY PARTY

1. Decorate Your Home
For those intending on going the whole hog in July, there’s always the possibility of dusting off the fake tree from last year (if you have one) and stringing it with twinkly lights and tinsel. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other solutions. Christmas stockings can be hung up by the fireplace or over a bedpost, and alternatively, knitting a Xmas stocking or embellishing an existing one with ribbons is a great way to get the family fired up for your Christmas party. You could also string up ornaments from the ceiling or place them strategically around the home. And if all else fails, simply hang up some fairy lights – they instantly make any space more cosy and festive.

2. Secret Santa
A much as you may deny it, part of the Christmas thrill is definitely unwrapping your way through a mound of gifts. Okay, so maybe a heap isn’t in keeping with the mini Christmas – but that’s where Secret Santa comes in. The game calls on the host to place the names of prospective guests in a hat, and then each guest draws a name (alternatively one person can take the responsibility of assigning names). Party attendees must purchase gifts for the person whose name they’ve drawn without letting on who they’re purchasing for. It’s best to set a price limit to avoid any awkward gift-giving. Then it’s simply a matter of receiving and trying to guess who gifted which present!

3. Sip on Something Festive
Why not whip up a batch of something tasty? For the traditional at heart, we suggest opting for the classic Yuletide drink eggnog. Alternatively, whip up a pot of glühwein – this hot, spicy drink is sure to keep your guests in good spirits.

Please note: This list is still a work in progress, so subscribe to our newsletter for updates and stay tuned to learn more about how to best celebrate Christmas in July! You can also check out our Annual Events to get planning for the coming months. 

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