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
 
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Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands Live Music 2Happy Hour Special at the Park Inn ...

Pop in to this slick hotel for buy-one-get-one-free drinks any day of the week ...

interplanetary folk festival 2Interplanetary Folk Festival

Experience different forms of folk music at this diverse music festival

pop up cinema 4Pop-Up Drive-In Cinema

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1693 Pop Up Lunches with Guy Clark 5Pop Up Lunch at 1693

Enjoy a sensory dining experience at this intimate location in the Winelands

Movies at Spier - 1Outdoor Picnic and Movie Nights at ...

Watch cinematic greats while you sit under the stars, wine glass in hand

Cape Town Fringe FestivalCape Town Fringe Festival

Find out why Cape Town is SA’s capital of creativity at this popular arts ...

Haute Cabriere TerraceTrue Marriage of Food and Wine at Haute ...

Enjoy a specially curated Pinot Noir-inspired pairing of exquisite vino and ...

Wednesday Warm-Up RunsWednesday Warm-Up Runs

Start your training for this year’s Gun Run with these weekly running ...

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist ...

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your ...

Clybourne Park at The Fugard TheatreUpcoming Plays that You Don’t Want to ...

Cape Town has a sensational theatre culture and we invite you to sample the ...

Green Forest Trail Run SeriesGreen Forest Train Run Series in the ...

Lace up and traverse the lush Cape landscape as spring sets in

Groot Constantia Trail SeriesGroot Constantia Trail Series in Cape ...

Traverse the beautiful trails in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs at one of these ...

Murder Mystery Dinners in Cape TownMurder Mystery Dinner Parties Cape Town

Intrigue, secrecy and cold-blooded killings are the order of the day at these ...

Rick's Cafe Table PeopleRick’s Café Americain’s Weekly ...

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that ...

Horseback safari at AquilaHorseback Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Ditch the regular, old game drive and saddle up for an up-close experience with ...

Bob Marley cover bandLive Music Tuesday at Cafe Mojito

Kick off your week with a night of local jamming at Long Street’s beloved ...

Clybourne Park at The FugardClybourne Park at The Fugard Theatre

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aquila2‘The White Rhinoceros: A Problem in ...

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flora old and new irma stern  3Flora Old and New Exhibition

Gorgeous paintings of flora await you at this exhibition dedicated to Irma Stern

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Deborah Poynton Picnic ExhibitionPicnic Solo Exhibition by Deborah ...

The pleasure of a picnic is artfully explored

SANParks Tankwa NP FlowersYour Guide to Viewing the Spring ...

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with South Africa’s ...

Plant Tempting Tuesday 2Tempting Tuesday at Plant Restaurant

A deliciously healthy deal making ethical eating both easy and affordable in ...

ocean star 6Ocean Star Sailing Academy's Fishing ...

Every Tuesday, CapeTownMagazine.com readers can enjoy a four-hour fishing ...

Bowhaus WashHausBowhaus Bath Brush and Doggy Daycare ...

This Mother City pet-sitting paradise brings you the alternative to leaving ...

Nederburg 1Nederburg Concert Series

Everyone needs the sound of classical music and the lovely taste of Nederburg ...

Winter World Class Burger Pairing at Café CapriceWinter World Class Burger Pairing at ...

Four bartenders battle it out for World Class domination with their brilliant ...

Cape Quarter ExteriorFREE Weekly Yoga Class at Cape Quarter

Enrich your physical, mental and spiritual state every Tuesday evening at this ...

cape town comedy club logoMid-Week Madness at Cape Town Comedy ...

Grab your early bird tickets and save every Wednesday and Thursday

Benguela Exterior NighttimeFine Dining at Benguela on Main in ...

Sample world-class wines and daringly deconstructed French classics in this ...

Signal Hill Terrace and Lounge InteriorTapas and Wine Special at Signal Hill ...

Wine, dine and relax every Tuesday at this stylish CBD haunt

Beerhouse Restaurant and Bar in Cape TownPub Quiz Night at Beerhouse on Long ...

Test your general knowledge at this Long Street-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

Cape Town Youth Choir Handel's Messiah 1SA College of Music Concert Series

Music has the power to inspire, and these scholars appreciate its true meaning

Excentric InteriorTransformation Tuesday at Excentric ...

First-time clients will receive a complimentary Olaplex in-salon treatment when ...

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

Use this handy cycling overview to diarise your favourite events for the ...

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ ...

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ...

mischu coffee showroom in sea point cape townFree Coffee Beans and Capsules at ...

Simply mention CapeTownMagazine.com while placing an order of coffee beans or ...

JosephCOAT4Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ...

Joseph is coming back to Cape Town to warm our hearts with his wonderful story ...

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the ...

Groote Post Country MarketGroote Post Country Market

A darling market with plenty of heart and country fare suitable for the whole ...

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands Live Music 2Happy Hour Special at the Park Inn ...

Pop in to this slick hotel for buy-one-get-one-free drinks any day of the week ...

interplanetary folk festival 2Interplanetary Folk Festival

Experience different forms of folk music at this diverse music festival

pop up cinema 4Pop-Up Drive-In Cinema

This blast from the past cinema experience gives you the feel of a 50’s ...

1693 Pop Up Lunches with Guy Clark 5Pop Up Lunch at 1693

Enjoy a sensory dining experience at this intimate location in the Winelands

Movies at Spier - 1Outdoor Picnic and Movie Nights at ...

Watch cinematic greats while you sit under the stars, wine glass in hand

Cape Town Fringe FestivalCape Town Fringe Festival

Find out why Cape Town is SA’s capital of creativity at this popular arts ...

Haute Cabriere TerraceTrue Marriage of Food and Wine at Haute ...

Enjoy a specially curated Pinot Noir-inspired pairing of exquisite vino and ...

Wednesday Warm-Up RunsWednesday Warm-Up Runs

Start your training for this year’s Gun Run with these weekly running ...

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist ...

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your ...

Clybourne Park at The Fugard TheatreUpcoming Plays that You Don’t Want to ...

Cape Town has a sensational theatre culture and we invite you to sample the ...

Green Forest Trail Run SeriesGreen Forest Train Run Series in the ...

Lace up and traverse the lush Cape landscape as spring sets in

Groot Constantia Trail SeriesGroot Constantia Trail Series in Cape ...

Traverse the beautiful trails in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs at one of these ...

Murder Mystery Dinners in Cape TownMurder Mystery Dinner Parties Cape Town

Intrigue, secrecy and cold-blooded killings are the order of the day at these ...

Rick's Cafe Table PeopleRick’s Café Americain’s Weekly ...

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that ...

Horseback safari at AquilaHorseback Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Ditch the regular, old game drive and saddle up for an up-close experience with ...

Bob Marley cover bandLive Music Tuesday at Cafe Mojito

Kick off your week with a night of local jamming at Long Street’s beloved ...

Clybourne Park at The FugardClybourne Park at The Fugard Theatre

Clybourne Park stands for a whole lot more than a property in this racy satire

aquila2‘The White Rhinoceros: A Problem in ...

Learn all about the intricacies of the declining rhino population at this ...

flora old and new irma stern  3Flora Old and New Exhibition

Gorgeous paintings of flora await you at this exhibition dedicated to Irma Stern

lucinda mudge 3Lucinda Mudge Ceramic Art Exhibition at ...

See the edgy vases by ceramic artist Lucinda Mudge that has art collectors ...

Deborah Poynton Picnic ExhibitionPicnic Solo Exhibition by Deborah ...

The pleasure of a picnic is artfully explored

SANParks Tankwa NP FlowersYour Guide to Viewing the Spring ...

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with South Africa’s ...

Plant Tempting Tuesday 2Tempting Tuesday at Plant Restaurant

A deliciously healthy deal making ethical eating both easy and affordable in ...

ocean star 6Ocean Star Sailing Academy's Fishing ...

Every Tuesday, CapeTownMagazine.com readers can enjoy a four-hour fishing ...

Bowhaus WashHausBowhaus Bath Brush and Doggy Daycare ...

This Mother City pet-sitting paradise brings you the alternative to leaving ...

Nederburg 1Nederburg Concert Series

Everyone needs the sound of classical music and the lovely taste of Nederburg ...

Winter World Class Burger Pairing at Café CapriceWinter World Class Burger Pairing at ...

Four bartenders battle it out for World Class domination with their brilliant ...

Cape Quarter ExteriorFREE Weekly Yoga Class at Cape Quarter

Enrich your physical, mental and spiritual state every Tuesday evening at this ...

cape town comedy club logoMid-Week Madness at Cape Town Comedy ...

Grab your early bird tickets and save every Wednesday and Thursday

Benguela Exterior NighttimeFine Dining at Benguela on Main in ...

Sample world-class wines and daringly deconstructed French classics in this ...

Signal Hill Terrace and Lounge InteriorTapas and Wine Special at Signal Hill ...

Wine, dine and relax every Tuesday at this stylish CBD haunt

Beerhouse Restaurant and Bar in Cape TownPub Quiz Night at Beerhouse on Long ...

Test your general knowledge at this Long Street-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

Cape Town Youth Choir Handel's Messiah 1SA College of Music Concert Series

Music has the power to inspire, and these scholars appreciate its true meaning

Excentric InteriorTransformation Tuesday at Excentric ...

First-time clients will receive a complimentary Olaplex in-salon treatment when ...

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

Use this handy cycling overview to diarise your favourite events for the ...

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ ...

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ...

mischu coffee showroom in sea point cape townFree Coffee Beans and Capsules at ...

Simply mention CapeTownMagazine.com while placing an order of coffee beans or ...

JosephCOAT4Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ...

Joseph is coming back to Cape Town to warm our hearts with his wonderful story ...

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the ...

Groote Post Country MarketGroote Post Country Market

A darling market with plenty of heart and country fare suitable for the whole ...

Barrydale in Bloom - 1Barrydale in Bloom

We are blooming excited for this spring flower festival

Wayde van Niekerk 2016 SA of the YearAnd the 2016 South African of the Year ...

Cape Town-born Olympic gold medallist and SA sprint sensation is the ...

Chloe Clark 2Chloe Clark Live in Cape Town

See Chloe Clark perform jazzy tunes along with former contestants of The Voice ...

MyCiTi Bus Station Artworks 4Cape Town’s MyCiTi Stations Have ...

The Mother City has transformed its public bus stops with incredible artworks

Black Insomnia Coffee CompanyThe World’s Strongest Coffee Is ...

One cup of Black Insomnia Coffee Company’s brew boasts the highest level ...

StrongMan - 3Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run

The world’s biggest obstacle race comes to SA for the very first time

interplanatery folk festival - simon van gend10 Questions For: Simon van Gend

This Cape Town-based folk band also creates music that combines elements of the ...

richard stirton 1Richard Stirton Live in Paarl

See the winner of The Voice SA take the stage!

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