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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Coppelia BalletCoppelia Ballet at the Artscape Theatre

Enjoy the intrigue, romance and deception of this comic ballet

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Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownDinner at Borage Bistro

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Sotano Lamb Burger SpecialDinner Special at Sotano in Cape Town

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Burst 1The Burst Exhibition at Gallery MOMO

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Snow World 5Snow World Snow Park at GrandWest

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Venture into a world of abstraction with this eye-catching show

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

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The Underwater ExhibitionUnderwater Cape Town Exhibition

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Boschendal Wine FarmSunday Lunch Buffet at Boschendal Wine ...

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Coppelia BalletCoppelia Ballet at the Artscape Theatre

Enjoy the intrigue, romance and deception of this comic ballet

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See how sensuality and literary works merge with this unique concept returning ...

cafe Roux SessionsCafé Roux Sessions in Noordhoek

Enjoy an intimate evening of live music with South Africa’s most talented ...

District Six Kanala Musical in Cape Town District Six - Kanala Musical

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Murder Mystery Dinners in Cape TownMurder Mystery Dinner Parties Cape Town

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Cape Town Concert SeriesCape Town Concert Series at the Baxter ...

Add a sweet melody to the end of your summer with these stirring and soulful ...

Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownDinner at Borage Bistro

Cap off the workday with a superb supper at this urban-chic CBD eatery

Paragliding Cape TownCape Town Paragliding Special with Para ...

Take to the skies on any Wednesday with this reputable company and receive R100 ...

blokes-and-brew.jpgWednesday Haircut Special at Blokes ...

Pair a bespoke haircut with a cold beer every Wednesday for just R190 at Blokes ...

Sotano Lamb Burger SpecialDinner Special at Sotano in Cape Town

Tuck into two lamb burgers and fries for the price of one every Wednesday

Bitchin MarketBitchin’ Event’s Fashion Wonderland ...

Fall in love with fashion again at this fab fair full of retro flair

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Grab your early bird tickets and save every Wednesday and Thursday

Benguela The Taster Swirl, Sniff and Slurp at Somerset ...

Treat your palate to a journey through the winelands at this world class wine ...

Folk Coffee Anthropology Rivertones 3Tunes and Tapas at Folk Coffee ...

Enjoy delicious fare coupled with sweet sounds every Wednesday at this trendy ...

Burst 1The Burst Exhibition at Gallery MOMO

Challenge the stereotypes attached to the black female form

Snow World 5Snow World Snow Park at GrandWest

It’s finally going to snow in Cape Town!

Optical Diversion ExhibitionOptical Diversion Exhibition at ...

Venture into a world of abstraction with this eye-catching show

I See You at the FugardI See You at The Fugard Theatre

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Underwater Photographer of the YearThe Underwater Photographer of the Year ...

Dive down deep into an underwater world of superlative photography

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

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Burn the FloorBurn the Floor Dance Show at the Baxter ...

Sinfully sexy, this dance showcase is about to get hot!

aFREAKa Clothing Adult Pikachu OnesieaFREAKa Clothing Adult Onesies

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The Underwater ExhibitionUnderwater Cape Town Exhibition

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Start your day with a hot cuppa for a steal of a price at this chic seaside ...

RicksHappy Hour Special at Rick’s Café ...

Sip discounted cocktails, tequila and more at the cosy bar off Kloof Street

marianne wine estate 62 –for- 1 Wine Experiences at ...

From a wine and biltong pairing to a vino blending experience, there something ...

Spasie Underground Restaurant Wine PairingsPocket Watch Wednesdays at [spasie] ...

How to crack the nod to a one-of-a-kind dinner at this invite-only speakeasy

ByeCycle Electric Bicycle Luxury Tours Cape TownSunday Morning Electric Bike Tour ...

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Hazendal 7All-day Breakfast at Hazendal Wine ...

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La Mer Restaurant at Radisson Blue La Vendome in Sea PointLadies’ Night at Cpoint. Bar & Lounge ...

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Miles for Smiles Beach RunMiles for Smiles Beach Walk and Run

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