Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, celebrating with family and friends


An international public holiday marking one of the Christian religion’s central events – the birth of Jesus Christ – Christmas Day has become a day where people from all religious and cultural backgrounds come together in the spirit of giving.

While the actual date of Christ’s birth remains up for heated debate, Christians and people all over the world have accepted December 25 as Christmas day, and most still celebrate with a coming together of families at the lunch table, the pulling of crackers and the carving of roasts.

Even though we’re in the hottest hemisphere, many South Africans still uphold the European traditions, including the display of Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, warm drinks and puddings at the lunch or dinner table and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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JANUARY

1 January

New Year's Day

MARCH

21 March

Human Rights Day

APRIL

18 April

Good Friday

21 April

Family Day

27 April

Freedom Day

MAY

1 May

Worker’s Day

JUNE

16 June

Youth Day

AUGUST

9 August

National Women's Day

SEPTEMBER

24 September

Heritage Day

DECEMBER

16 December

Day of Reconciliation

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Day of Goodwill

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Cape Town Events Calendar
December 2011
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Clubbers Campout #ParadisePark Clubbers Campout Music Festival

The club meets the outdoors in this outdoor music festival featuring top notch ...

Go Barefoot and Friends Assembly Presents: Go Barefoot & Friends

This indie folk Jozi bands heads down to Cape Town for their first ever show at ...

South African Eco Film Festival in Cape Town 2015South African Eco Film Festival in Cape ...

Watch world-class environmental documentaries at this ‘green’ movie ...

Flamjangled Tea Party 2015 The Flamjangled Tea Party

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Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownKids’ Party Special with Battlefield ...

Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

Robertson Hands-on Harvest Wine FestivalRobertson Hands-on Harvest Festival

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HQ DJ ReneFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

#AfterDark with DJ Rene: start the weekend with a steak dinner, stylish ...

jazzfestival2Cape Town International Jazz Festival

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Dutch Haven BarAfter-work Drinks and Live Music at ...

Enjoy an authentic Holland-style borreluur every Friday evening at this ...

Wembley Tap Bar Craft Beer Beer Pong at Wembley Tap Bar

Mix ping pong with artisan ale at this industrial-chic house of beer every ...

Fire and Ice Pool Shot Cape TownFriday Night DJ Sessions at Protea ...

Welcome the weekend with a free and funky party at the Mother City’s ...

Super Cool Beer Tour Bottles at Devil's PeakFree Beer Friday Special with Super ...

Embark on a fun Friday brewery excursion and get two lagers on the house

Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownFriday Dinner at Borage Bistro

Ease into the weekend with a superb supper at this urban-chic CBD eatery

Julep Cocktail BarHappy Hour Cocktails at Julep Bar

This speakeasy-type watering hole offers up a late-night drinks deal in Cape ...

Park Inn Newlands Happy Hour SpecialSlide On By Happy Hour Special at the ...

Glide in to this slick Southern Suburbs hotel for 2-for-1 drinks and music ...

Wine Flies Forgotten Route TourThe Forgotten Route Train Tour to ...

Take the road less travelled on a two-day adventure to the Klein Karoo

Manor House at Saxenburg Wine Farm StellenboschWine Tasting at the Saxenburg Estate

Savour one of South Africa’s finest Shirazes alongside other outstanding reds ...

Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

Heineken Cape Town Jazz Fest GiveawayWin Cape Town and Montreal Jazz ...

Score two passes to the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Fest as well as the ...

Food and wine tasting at La MotteFood and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek estate

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We’ve reimagined some of the Mother City’s hotspots as cool and quirky ...

Diesel women's dresses sale from Labels4Less shopDiesel Jeans & Clothing Sale

Get an extra R50 off already marked-down designer denim, bags, belts, tops and ...

Dinner at Dish Restaurant Inn on the SquareBraai Lunch Special at Inn on the ...

Friday is braai day at this Cape Town accommodation’s laidback eatery

Glenelly 1Meat and Cheese Platters at Glenelly ...

A Stellenbosch wine tasting with true French finesse

Bright Day Art Classes in WoodstockCreative Corporate Team Building with ...

Harness the power of creativity at an edgy customised workshop

Sex Education Part 2 at The Assembly Assembly Presents: YOH Sex Education ...

Saturday turns into a tantalising party animal paradise at this Harrington ...

Clubbers Campout #ParadisePark Clubbers Campout Music Festival

The club meets the outdoors in this outdoor music festival featuring top notch ...

2015 Nomadiq Rooftop of Dreams Deep House Party at the Lagoon Beach HotelNomadiq Rooftop of Dreams Party

One of Cape Town’s most decadent deep house series returns for another ...

The Vintage Expo Cape TownThe Vintage Fashion Expo in Cape Town

Browse retro clothing and accessories from a bygone era at this vintage ...

South African Eco Film Festival in Cape Town 2015South African Eco Film Festival in Cape ...

Watch world-class environmental documentaries at this ‘green’ movie ...

Flamjangled Tea Party 2015 The Flamjangled Tea Party

Enjoy eccentric buffoonery and musical mayhem at this foot-stomping fun ...

Harfield Village Festival Claremont Cape TownHarfield Village Carnival

Don your best garb and enjoy good food, live music and family-friendly ...

Bubbles and Braai at Grande RocheBubbles and Braai at Grande Roche Hotel

Experience South Africa’s favourite pastime with a sparkly twist at this fine ...

Hope at Paul Cluver Summer FestivalKid’s Theatre Festival at Paul Cluver ...

Pack a picnic and get set to watch Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and more ...

The City Craft Beer Project in Cape Town The City Craft Beer Project Festival in ...

Try out 15 brand new brews at this inaugural artisan ale fiesta in Observatory

Groovy Troopers 1Groovy Troopers Trance Party

The legendary trance party gurus celebrate over a decade of stomping with one ...

Robertson Hands-on Harvest Wine FestivalRobertson Hands-on Harvest Festival

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Earth Hour Earth Hour in Cape Town

Switch off your lights and participate in this global challenge to raise ...

jazzfestival2Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Get ready for a two-day showcase of top-notch international and local musos at ...

Wembley Tap Craft Beer Bar PatioOutdoor Weekend Braais at Wembley Tap ...

Enjoy beer and barbequed meat every Friday and Saturday afternoon at this ...

Haute Cabriere 1Haute Cabrière Wine Estate’s Cellar ...

Delve into a world of vino theatre every Saturday at this Franschhoek-based ...

Wine Tasting Glasses in Cape TownNoordhoek Crush Wine Festival

Bring the whole family to the Noordhoek Farm Village for this first-of-its-kind ...

Homemade pies from the Palms Market Cape TownSpekko Celebrity Cook-off at the Market ...

Catch local foodie industry insiders whipping up a bit of magic at this free ...

Craft beer from The Taproom Salt RiverSaturday Brunch at The Taproom

Make Saturday mid-morning memorable with a moreish bite and a brewery tour at ...

Truffle Halal Restaurant Burger Special Cape TownBurger and Milkshake Special at Truffle ...

Visit this upmarket halaal bistro on any Saturday for a trio of sliders and a ...

The Palms Market in WoodstockMarket at The Palms in Woodstock

Bringing country-style food to city tables every Saturday in Cape Town

Lounge furniture from Eco Furniture Decor online storeEco Furniture Design Store Sale

Buy beautifully crafted wooden dining room, bedroom and patio pieces for a ...

Spier Eight logoEight Restaurant Thrusts Its Doors Open ...

Spier Wine Farm’s farm-to-table eatery’s now serving supper three days a ...

river club greensGolfer’s Breakfast Special at the ...

Make the most of the weekend with a morning of good grub and elegant swings

Cheap Superdry Jeans from Labels4Less Factory StoreSuperdry Clothing Sale: T-shirts, Jeans ...

Save an extra R50 on already discounted designer denim, tops, bags and ...

Wild Fig Outdoor Restaurant Dining The Wild Fig Restaurant’s Alfresco ...

Enjoy long, lazy weekend lunches outdoors at this historic Cape Town eatery

Hazendal new 7Saturday Picnics at Hermitage Restaurant

Slow down and join the ants for a leisurely lunch on the grounds of ...

Billy Kenny at The Imperial House DJ Billy Kenny Concert in Cape ...

Get those dancing shoes ready as this British house and techno guru brings the ...

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Watch acclaimed international soloists showcase their fine-tuned musical skills ...

Life's Good U-19 Party at Kenilworth Racecourse Life’s Good U19 Outdoor Music Fest

If you’re a trendy teen and a fan of the South African music scene then don ...

Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape TownBitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town

Vinny Lingham chats about how cryptocurrency could boost your business at this ...

Above & Beyond Concert Tour in South Africa and Cape TownAbove & Beyond Concert at the Cape Town ...

Be transported to another dimension by this EDM group with a global cult ...

Heineken Cape Town Jazz Fest GiveawayWin Cape Town and Montreal Jazz ...

Score two passes to the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Fest as well as the ...

Culture Club Cheese Shop Cape TownBree Street’s Newest Members: The ...

Cape Town’s coolest restaurant road is soon to welcome two new pioneering ...

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Gary Hartley visits the Cape Town java spot that serves up award-winning ...

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