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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cafe Roux SessionsCafé Roux Sessions in Noordhoek

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OCAL Running for ChangeRunning for Change 10-km Charity Run

Bid farewell and support the 12 member team who will run to Pretoria for charity

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

David Kramer brings another lekker local production to the Mother City

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Infecting the CityInfecting the City Sessions in Cape Town

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Andalucian NightsAndalucian Nights at the Baxter Theatre

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Cape Town PrideThe Knysna Pink Loerie

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High Five Kite Surfer in Cape TownKitesurfing Lessons Special

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Peter Falke Wine Farm Winter MenuWinter Wine and Food Pairings at Peter ...

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AfrikaBurn1Afrikaburn Festival

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Damn Vandal Art ExhibitionDamn Vandal ‘Other Worldly’ ...

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

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McGregor Poetry FestivalMcGregor Poetry Festival

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Love Factually - 2Alan Committie in Love Factually

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City Hall by Joshua OatesAutumn Symphony Season

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Pair a bespoke haircut with a cold beer every Thursday for just R190

The Underwater ExhibitionUnderwater Cape Town Exhibition

A kaleidoscope of skin comes to life in a popular pool

District Six KlassiqueDistrict Six Klassique Concert with the ...

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V&A Waterfront Get Active OutdoorsGet Fit for Free at the V&A Waterfront

Make getting fit fun (and free) this summer with this super series of classes

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[spasie] signChef’s Table at [spasie] Underground ...

Go underground for an intimate food and wine pairing with some of the ...

cafe Roux SessionsCafé Roux Sessions in Noordhoek

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

OCAL Running for ChangeRunning for Change 10-km Charity Run

Bid farewell and support the 12 member team who will run to Pretoria for charity

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

David Kramer brings another lekker local production to the Mother City

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 ...

Infecting the CityInfecting the City Sessions in Cape Town

See cutting edge performance and visual arts hit the public spaces of the ...

Andalucian NightsAndalucian Nights at the Baxter Theatre

Listen to the sounds of Spain with acoustic flamenco flair

Cape Town PrideThe Knysna Pink Loerie

Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city

Suidoosterfees 2015 Suidoosterfees in Cape Town

Celebrate Kaapse culture and heritage with a series of colourful concerts, ...

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 ...

High Five Kite Surfer in Cape TownKitesurfing Lessons Special

Learn to kitesurf but leave the soaring costs behind

Quad Biking back safari Aquila Game ParkQuad Bike Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Get up close and personal with South Africa’s animal kingdom on an ...

Rafikis CocktailsThursday Half-Price Cocktail Special ...

As if you needed another reason to visit this laidback bar, cocktails are half ...

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 ...

Avontuur Wine Estate entrance Specialised Tastings at Avontuur Wine ...

Spice up your winery experience with one of these delectable monthly pairings

The Galileo Open Air Theatre V&A WaterfrontThe Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A ...

Get your weekly dose of classics, dramas, action movies and more at these ...

Peter Falke Wine Farm Winter MenuWinter Wine and Food Pairings at Peter ...

Warm your belly with robust reds and savoury snacks at this whimsical boutique ...

AWOL-City-cycle-tour-6.jpgCape Town City Cycle Tour with AWOL ...

Discover the rich history of Cape Town’s CBD in an active, engaging way with ...

Forex Foreign Exchange Beer Pong ObservatoryBeer Pong Night at The Foreign Exchange ...

Give this fun-filled drinking game a go every Thursday night in Observatory

AfrikaBurn1Afrikaburn Festival

The dusty Karoo desert comes alive to host one of the most radical festivals on ...

Damn Vandal Art ExhibitionDamn Vandal ‘Other Worldly’ ...

Gorgeous graffiti-inspired artworks await at this urban-style exhibit

Pool deck at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & SpaHalf-price Sushi Special at African ...

Get 50% off this Century City restaurant’s sushi and selected cocktails every ...

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 InteriorShellac Manicure-centric and ...

Spoil yourself with one of these signature nail treatments and receive a 25% ...

McGregor Poetry FestivalMcGregor Poetry Festival

The perfect fest for aspiring poets and lovers of words

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownSunday Winter Craftsmen Braai at The ...

Celebrate the last day of the week with blazing fires and epic food experiences ...

Love Factually - 2Alan Committie in Love Factually

Love to be in love? Love to laugh? Then Alan Committie is your knight in ...

City Hall by Joshua OatesAutumn Symphony Season

A classical way to spend an autumn evening in the city

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

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

blokes-hair-foundry-logo.jpgFake Fridays Haircut Special at Blokes ...

Pair a bespoke haircut with a cold beer every Thursday for just R190

The Underwater ExhibitionUnderwater Cape Town Exhibition

A kaleidoscope of skin comes to life in a popular pool

District Six KlassiqueDistrict Six Klassique Concert with the ...

This tribute to David Kramer and Taliep Pietersen’s classic is set to be an ...

La Boheme District SixLa Boheme in District Six

A bohemian opera meets a bohemian district in this beautiful portrayal of a ...

I'm the Girl who was RapedLaunch of I'm the Girl Who Was Raped by ...

Listen to one woman’s brave account of her journey back to self after being ...

Afrika Ablaze Unchained DanceAfrika Ablaze Unchained Dance Showcase

Imagine receiving a gift you can never open…

Woman King 2The Woman Who Would Be King

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Enjoy 50% off all java-inspired concoctions every Thursday at this Bree Street ...

V&A Waterfront Get Active OutdoorsGet Fit for Free at the V&A Waterfront

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The Spirit Train AfterBurn PartyThe Spirit Train AfterBurn Party at the ...

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Floral fun abounds at this flower-power fest

Slava's Snowshow - 2Slava’s Snowshow

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

Witness an all-star cast and director bring this poignant play home

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Dive down deep into an underwater world of superlative photography

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