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

Route 62’s popular food and wine affair returns in 2016 for two whole months ...

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

Check out the world’s top big air kiteboarders battle it out to catch the ...

Aweh Mzansi Comedy Show Aweh Mzansi Comedy Show

See six seasoned comedians bring their A-game to this Baxter Theatre performance

Worldart Gallery Zolile PhetshaneWorldart Gallery: Zolile Phetshane ...

Explore the life of this artist through his striking works that document his ...

Pick and Pay Women's Walk Pick n Pay Women’s Walk

Have a fun day out supporting a worthy cause at this annual sporting event

Sushi Making Classes Towers RestaurantSushi Making Classes at African Pride ...

Learn how to make sashimi, nigiri, maki and more with a lesson from an ...

orchestra1Cape Town International Summer Music ...

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

LieflingeLieflinge Show at the All Star Theatre

Catch two Afrikaans singers in action at the All Star Theatre for a night of ...

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

David Kramer brings another lekker local production to the Mother City

99er Cycle Tour 799er Cycle Tour

Gear up for a fundraising race and seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

CTEMF 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

The Mother City’s edgy underground beats celebration is back with more ...

The Darling Music Experience 1Darling Music Experience

This scenic West Coast dorpie celebrates classical and contemporary melodies ...

Franschhoek Summer WinesFranschhoek Summer Wines

Sip and swirl some of the region’s finest vintages at this summer vino fair ...

Oude Libertas Summer Music FestivalOude Libertas Summer Season Festival

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

Stellenbosch Wine Festival LOGOStellenbosch Wine Festival

Enjoy the fruits of the Cape Winelands at this annual three-day food and vino ...

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

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

Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town 3Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town

Sugar Man is set to return to the Mother City with a sweet live performance at ...

2016 CHAN Logo2016 CHAN Tournament

The competition heats up as sixteen teams go toe-to-toe in a bid to reach the ...

2016 CHAN Logo2016 CAF African Nations Championship ...

Bafana Bafana launches their 2016 CHAN campaign with a clash against Mauritius

Cape Town 10s Tournament 5Cape Town 10s Social Sport and ...

Gather your most competitive mates and make up teams for these three sporting ...

TitanicTitanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the ...

Re-live the excitement, terror and tragedy of the Titanic at this exhibition of ...

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape ...

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars ...

Blacksmith Helderberg Sunset ConcertsHelderberg Sunset Concert Series

Take advantage of the warm summer evenings with this series of outdoor concerts

Cape Bike TravelChauffeured motorbike rides around Cape ...

Arrive in style and see the Mother City from the back of a Harley-Davidson ...

Fight Night with the Armoury and Fire and Ice! Fight Night at the Protea Hotel Fire & ...

This wham, bam, pow of an event packs a punch in 2016

Aperos AfriqueApéro Afrique Music & Food Gatherings ...

Laid-back and lovely, experience Cape Town at its best with this series of ...

12 Apostles Valentine's Day Lunch BuffetCelebrate The Month Of Love At The ...

Every day is Valentine’s Day at the Azure Restaurant during the month of ...

Switch on the NightSwitch On The Night with Nicky Romero ...

World famous DJ Nicky Romero will be in South Africa for a one-night-only gig ...

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

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

Sarah Pratt Exhibition Salon91The Fox, the Owl & the Robber ...

Step into an imaginative world of dogs, fox puppets, puffins and other creative ...

Women's Month at Groot ConstantiaThe Groot Picnic Family Fun Day Charity ...

A family-friendly picnic in a pretty place for a great cause

Kate Davies 365 Exhibition365 Days of Infrared Photography ...

Ethereal and elegant, explore Kate Davies’ infrared world

Material(i)sation exhibitionMaterial(i)sation Group Exhibition at ...

Let your creativity and ideas materialise with this evocative exhibition of ...

Meleko Mokgosi ExhibitionComrades Solo Exhibition at the ...

Delve into the meaning of democracy with this series of thought-inspiring ...

Taalmonument Picnic SeriesThe Taalmonument Picnic Series in Paarl

Enjoy good food, good entertainment and good company beneath the stars at the ...

Radisson-Blu-Waterfront-Nov-2014-28.jpgSavour the sea and finest seafood at ...

Fish braais don’t get any closer to the ocean than they do at Cape Town’s ...

Art of Living Couples CourseThe Art of Living Course for Couples

Deepen your bond with this powerful programme

Wildlife Photographer of the YearWildlife Photographer of the Year ...

Gaze in awe at incredible wildlife pictures taken by the globe’s top ...

Entrance to Devil's Peak TaproomSaturday Breakfast at The Taproom

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

Camissa Eco TourThe Eco-friendly Train Township Tour ...

Grow more than just your cultural quotient on this interactive excursion to the ...

Wine Flies Wine Tours Cape TownWine Flies Wine Tours

Experience the Cape Winelands like a local

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 ...

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

Route 62’s popular food and wine affair returns in 2016 for two whole months ...

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

Check out the world’s top big air kiteboarders battle it out to catch the ...

Aweh Mzansi Comedy Show Aweh Mzansi Comedy Show

See six seasoned comedians bring their A-game to this Baxter Theatre performance

Worldart Gallery Zolile PhetshaneWorldart Gallery: Zolile Phetshane ...

Explore the life of this artist through his striking works that document his ...

Pick and Pay Women's Walk Pick n Pay Women’s Walk

Have a fun day out supporting a worthy cause at this annual sporting event

Sushi Making Classes Towers RestaurantSushi Making Classes at African Pride ...

Learn how to make sashimi, nigiri, maki and more with a lesson from an ...

orchestra1Cape Town International Summer Music ...

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

LieflingeLieflinge Show at the All Star Theatre

Catch two Afrikaans singers in action at the All Star Theatre for a night of ...

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

David Kramer brings another lekker local production to the Mother City

99er Cycle Tour 799er Cycle Tour

Gear up for a fundraising race and seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

CTEMF 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

The Mother City’s edgy underground beats celebration is back with more ...

The Darling Music Experience 1Darling Music Experience

This scenic West Coast dorpie celebrates classical and contemporary melodies ...

Franschhoek Summer WinesFranschhoek Summer Wines

Sip and swirl some of the region’s finest vintages at this summer vino fair ...

Oude Libertas Summer Music FestivalOude Libertas Summer Season Festival

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

Stellenbosch Wine Festival LOGOStellenbosch Wine Festival

Enjoy the fruits of the Cape Winelands at this annual three-day food and vino ...

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

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

Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town 3Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town

Sugar Man is set to return to the Mother City with a sweet live performance at ...

2016 CHAN Logo2016 CHAN Tournament

The competition heats up as sixteen teams go toe-to-toe in a bid to reach the ...

2016 CHAN Logo2016 CAF African Nations Championship ...

Bafana Bafana launches their 2016 CHAN campaign with a clash against Mauritius

Cape Town 10s Tournament 5Cape Town 10s Social Sport and ...

Gather your most competitive mates and make up teams for these three sporting ...

TitanicTitanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the ...

Re-live the excitement, terror and tragedy of the Titanic at this exhibition of ...

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape ...

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars ...

Blacksmith Helderberg Sunset ConcertsHelderberg Sunset Concert Series

Take advantage of the warm summer evenings with this series of outdoor concerts

Cape Bike TravelChauffeured motorbike rides around Cape ...

Arrive in style and see the Mother City from the back of a Harley-Davidson ...

Fight Night with the Armoury and Fire and Ice! Fight Night at the Protea Hotel Fire & ...

This wham, bam, pow of an event packs a punch in 2016

Aperos AfriqueApéro Afrique Music & Food Gatherings ...

Laid-back and lovely, experience Cape Town at its best with this series of ...

12 Apostles Valentine's Day Lunch BuffetCelebrate The Month Of Love At The ...

Every day is Valentine’s Day at the Azure Restaurant during the month of ...

Switch on the NightSwitch On The Night with Nicky Romero ...

World famous DJ Nicky Romero will be in South Africa for a one-night-only gig ...

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

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

Sarah Pratt Exhibition Salon91The Fox, the Owl & the Robber ...

Step into an imaginative world of dogs, fox puppets, puffins and other creative ...

Women's Month at Groot ConstantiaThe Groot Picnic Family Fun Day Charity ...

A family-friendly picnic in a pretty place for a great cause

Kate Davies 365 Exhibition365 Days of Infrared Photography ...

Ethereal and elegant, explore Kate Davies’ infrared world

Material(i)sation exhibitionMaterial(i)sation Group Exhibition at ...

Let your creativity and ideas materialise with this evocative exhibition of ...

Meleko Mokgosi ExhibitionComrades Solo Exhibition at the ...

Delve into the meaning of democracy with this series of thought-inspiring ...

Taalmonument Picnic SeriesThe Taalmonument Picnic Series in Paarl

Enjoy good food, good entertainment and good company beneath the stars at the ...

Radisson-Blu-Waterfront-Nov-2014-28.jpgSavour the sea and finest seafood at ...

Fish braais don’t get any closer to the ocean than they do at Cape Town’s ...

Art of Living Couples CourseThe Art of Living Course for Couples

Deepen your bond with this powerful programme

Wildlife Photographer of the YearWildlife Photographer of the Year ...

Gaze in awe at incredible wildlife pictures taken by the globe’s top ...

Entrance to Devil's Peak TaproomSaturday Breakfast at The Taproom

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

Camissa Eco TourThe Eco-friendly Train Township Tour ...

Grow more than just your cultural quotient on this interactive excursion to the ...

Wine Flies Wine Tours Cape TownWine Flies Wine Tours

Experience the Cape Winelands like a local

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 ...

Stellenbosch Wines Pizza and Wine WelmoendStellenbosch Vineyard’s Pizza & Wine ...

There is never an excuse to miss a pizza festival; and this one even has wine!

Diemersfontein White Wines on TapDiemersfontein White Wines on Tap

The place to be for white wine lovers this February? Look no further…

Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival in FranschhoekVrede en Lust Harvest Festival

Celebrate a happy harvest in the pretty valley of Franschhoek

Muratie Harvest FestivalMuratie Harvest Festival

Have the vine of your life at this grape summer celebration

Graeme Richards 710 Questions For: Graeme Richards

From television and the stage to leading roles in global commercial campaigns ...

Magents Clothing Shop in Cape TownMagents Clothing Shop in Cape Town

This proudly South African apparel brand is back with a bang with its newest ...

Table Mountain100 Best Scenic Pics of Cape Town & ...

Journey with us as we discover some of the most beautiful pictures of our ...

Museum NightMuseum Night in Cape Town

Embrace your inner history nerd and explore the Mother City’s centres of ...

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