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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Red Bull King of the Air surferRed Bull King of the Air Kiteboarding ...

Check out the world’s top wave riders battle it out to catch the biggest airs ...

Up the Creek Breede RiverUp the Creek Music Festival

One river, three stages, four days, loads of local music and barrels of laughs

Origin electronic dance festival 2013Origin Electronic Music Festival

Things are set to get seriously stomp-tastic at this three-day trance party ...

Othello at Maynardville Park Shakespeare in the Park at Maynardville ...

See Shakespeare’s well-known tale of passion, love and jealousy, Othello, ...

David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa 1 Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre

The new proudly South African musical from writer/ director David Kramer

Darling Music Experience Classical FestivalDarling Music Experience

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Oude Libertas Summer Music FestivalOude Libertas Summer Season Festival

Catch this series of Stellenbosch music concerts showcasing some of the finest ...

orchestra1Cape Town International Summer Music ...

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Stellenbosch Wine Festival LOGOStellenbosch Wine Festival

Enjoy the fruits of the Boland Winelands at this annual three-day ...

delheim2Delheim Start of Harvest Festival

Enjoy a foot-stomping grape time with the whole family at this Stellenbosch ...

Barnyard Theatre Willowbridge 80s RewindBarnyard Theatre’s 80s Rewind Party

Take a trip down musical memory lane with this rocking fiesta

Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt BlizzardShare a Frozen Yoghurt at Your ...

Savour a simple summer moment with a swirl of soft serve in hand

Art of the Brick Lego ManThe Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition in ...

Don’t miss the world-renowned expo at the V&A Waterfront that transforms a ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset ConcertsKirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Prepare yourself for a scintillating smorgasbord of Sunday sunset live music ...

eight picnic 4Sunday Picnics at Spier Wine Farm

Tuck into a delicious array of snacks and nibbles while taking in the bucolic ...

seal snorkeling diver and seals 2Seal Snorkelling Sunday Special with ...

Get free use of a GoPro Hero 2 underwater camera when you book this incredible ...

Camissa Gospel Tour 4Sunday Gospel Experience with Camissa

Embark on a spiritual Sunday journey through one of the Mother City’s most ...

Leopards Leap Rotisserie LunchRotisserie Lunch at Leopard’s Leap ...

Snack on succulent skewered meats and seasonal salads at this hip, young ...

Beerhouse roast special 2Rock and Roast Sundays at Beerhouse

Pair a pint or two with traditional trimmings and some quality acoustic tunes ...

Kleine Zalze Wine TastingSunday Wine Tasting at Kleine Zalze ...

Sample a sterling selection of vintages at this acclaimed Winelands destination

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Grab the kiddies and jump back to the Jurassic period at this awesome ...

sea kayaking 12 apostlesSea Kayaking Sunday Family Special

Learn to paddle, enjoy the views and see amazing marine life at a special ...

Sunset from Blues Restaurant DeckBlues Restaurant’s Seaside Sunday ...

See out the weekend with a relaxed seafood meal at the Camps Bay eatery ...

Art blocks from Baraka Cape Quarter storeBaraka Gift and Decor Shop Special

Save 10% on quirky collectibles and unusual gifts every Sunday at this De ...

Hazendal Wine Farm Cape WinelandsSunday lunch at Hazendal’s Hermitage ...

Unwind with affordable fare on one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine farms

Red Bull King of the Air surferRed Bull King of the Air Kiteboarding ...

Check out the world’s top wave riders battle it out to catch the biggest airs ...

Creative coffee morningCreativeMornings Cape Town

One free hour of inspiration with theatre legend and performer Pieter Dirk-Uys

BarleycornBarleycorn Music Club

39 years of supporting and nurturing SA’s best local and original music

Othello at Maynardville Park Shakespeare in the Park at Maynardville ...

See Shakespeare’s well-known tale of passion, love and jealousy, Othello, ...

David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa 1 Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre

The new proudly South African musical from writer/ director David Kramer

Darling Music Experience Classical FestivalDarling Music Experience

This picturesque West Coast dorpie celebrates classical and contemporary ...

Oude Libertas Summer Music FestivalOude Libertas Summer Season Festival

Catch this series of Stellenbosch music concerts showcasing some of the finest ...

orchestra1Cape Town International Summer Music ...

Be entranced by some of classical music’s finest soloists at the Cape Town ...

Barnyard Theatre Willowbridge 80s RewindBarnyard Theatre’s 80s Rewind Party

Take a trip down musical memory lane with this rocking fiesta

Art of the Brick Lego ManThe Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition in ...

Don’t miss the world-renowned expo at the V&A Waterfront that transforms a ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

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

Be sure to add this brain-teasing challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Ways of wellnessMonday Teeth Whitening Special at Ways ...

Start the week with a lustrous smile thanks to Cape Town’s only organic ...

hudsons burger joint sliders2-for-1 Happy Hour Food & Drinks ...

Wind down from a hard day’s work with buy-one-get-one-free appetisers, beers ...

Tyrannosaurus Rex at Dinosaur ExhibitionDinosAlive Dinosaur Exhibition & Play ...

Grab the kiddies and jump back to the Jurassic period at this awesome ...

Thai Sabai Day Spas Somerset WestThai Sabai’s Day Spa Special

Indulge in a relaxing Lotus Flower Hot Oil Massage, a light lunch and a fruit ...

avontuur wine estate entrance 2Self-guided Tour & Wine Tasting at ...

Indulge in a super affordable farm walk and sip-and-swirl session at the ...

Sunday Roast at Wild Fig Romantic Restaurant2-for-1 Monday Restaurant Special at ...

Grab a partner and enjoy a charming country lunch or dinner for as little as ...

Monday Life Drawing Classes at Bright Art StudioLife Drawing Classes at Bright Day

Capture the beauty of the human body in all its shapes, forms and sizes

2-for-1 burger special on Monday at they odysseyMonday Burger Special at The Odyssey ...

Tuck into two prime patties for only R100 at this handsome Bree Street bar

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Will we see an F1 Grand Prix tear up the Mother City’s tarmac in the near ...

10 Questions for Siya Kolisi10 Questions For: Siya Kolisi

This much-loved Stormers and Western Province rugby player has been making ...

Mike Rosenberg PassengerPassenger Concert in Cape Town

‘Let Her Go’ singer makes his way to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ...

Fit Chef LCHF-friendly shopLose It! Magazine’s Banting Bazaar in ...

Socialise with fellow Tim Noakes devotees and shop for LCHF fare and products ...

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Enjoy a magical evening and toast to your amore at this gorgeous Paarl valley ...

Lounge furniture from Eco Furniture Decor online storeEco Furniture Design Store in Cape Town

First-class designer furniture at second-hand rates

Win Giveaways CompetitionsWin Free Competition Prizes

Take part in our Giveaway Madness competitions and walk away with crazy ...

Old School Pic of Royal HotelValentine’s Day Special at the Royal ...

Celebrate your love with a three-course dinner in the heart of Shiraz country

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