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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David Lurie Morning After Dark 1Morning After Dark Exhibition at the ...

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Gardens Centre Craft Beer FestivalCraft Beer Festival at Gardens Centre

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Sharks BreachingGreat White Shark Diving and Breaching ...

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Manor House at Saxenburg Wine Farm StellenboschWine Tasting at the Saxenburg Estate

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Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

HQ DJ ReneFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

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Fire and Ice Pool Shot Cape TownFriday Night DJ Sessions at Protea ...

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Super Cool Beer Tour Bottles at Devil's PeakFree Beer Friday Special with Super ...

Embark on a fun Friday brewery excursion and get two lagers on the house

Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownFriday Dinner at Borage Bistro

Ease into the weekend with a superb supper at this urban-chic CBD eatery

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McGregor Poetry FestivalMcGregor Poetry Festival

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Women's Month at Groot ConstantiaCelebrate Women’s Month at Groot ...

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HipHopFest 4Cape Town Hip-Hop Festival Auditions

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Indochine Winter TableThe Winter Table at Indochine at ...

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Nature's Best Photography Africa ExhibitionNature’s Best Photography Africa ...

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Winter Glow Club EditionWinter Glow Club Edition at Shimmy ...

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Fairview Goatshed Food and Wine Themed EveningsFairview’s Goatshed Restaurant’s ...

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Vibe at the Hout Bay Harbour Market in Cape TownFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

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Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt BlizzardHow Awesome Would It Be If this Cape ...

We’ve reimagined some of the Mother City’s hotspots as cool and quirky ...

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Dinner at Dish Restaurant Inn on the SquareBraai Lunch Special at Inn on the ...

Friday is braai day at this Cape Town accommodation’s laidback eatery

David Lurie Morning After Dark 1Morning After Dark Exhibition at the ...

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Wolfkop Weekender Power Flower Picnic cWolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic

Soothe your soul at this unique outdoor music festival in the magnificent ...

Tru-Cape Kogelberg ChallengeTru-Cape Kogelberg Mountain Challenge ...

Head out to one of the Cape’s most charming coastal villages for this annual ...

Gospel Skouspel in Cape Town Gospel Skouspel Concert Tour in Cape ...

Harmonising voices and breathtaking showmanship await at this Afrikaans music ...

Gardens Centre Craft Beer FestivalCraft Beer Festival at Gardens Centre

Get ready for a hopping good time at this crafty festival in Gardens

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Cape Town Youth Choir Handel's Messiah 4Handel’s Messiah at the Groote Kerk

An award-winning choir will team up with other talented classical musicians to ...

Sunflower Outdoor Festival in Cape Town Sunflower Outdoor Music Festival

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Western Cape Province Freestyle Dressage Championship 5Western Cape Province Freestyle ...

Watch the province’s best dancing horses at this weekend affair

Olympic Dirty Double 1Olympic Dirty Double Trail Run & MTB ...

Traverse the scenic Wellington Winelands area with this trail run and cycling ...

Sharks BreachingGreat White Shark Diving and Breaching ...

To actually witness a shark breach is an extremely rare experience

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Brides and grooms get ready; the wedding season is upon us!

George Ezra Concert in Cape Town 1 George Ezra Concert in Cape Town

Sing along to this breakout British singer-songwriter bring his undeniably ...

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

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

Tutankhamun8 Reasons Why the Tutankhamun ...

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

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

Dr No at Spier Drive In Movie NightDrive-In Movies at Spier Wine Farm

Kick-start the spring season with old-school movies in a magnificent setting

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Women's Month at Groot ConstantiaCelebrate Women’s Month at Groot ...

Celebrate being a phenomenal woman with cut-price spa treatments and fine wine

The Playhouse TheatreGrease at the Playhouse Theatre

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HipHopFest 4Cape Town Hip-Hop Festival Auditions

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Wine Flies Wine Tours Cape TownWine Flies Wine Tours

Experience the Cape Winelands like a local

The Om RevolutionThe Om Revolution Mobile Yoga Winter ...

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Leopards Leap Cooking ClassesCooking Classes at Leopard’s Leap ...

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Nature's Best Photography Africa ExhibitionNature’s Best Photography Africa ...

Witness the evocative beauty of the African wilderness exquisitely photographed ...

Shimmy Winter Glow Restaurant EditionWinter Glow Restaurant Edition at ...

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Winter Glow Club EditionWinter Glow Club Edition at Shimmy ...

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Fairview Goatshed Food and Wine Themed EveningsFairview’s Goatshed Restaurant’s ...

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Craft beer from The Taproom Salt RiverSaturday Breakfast at The Taproom

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Truffle Halal Restaurant Burger Special Cape TownBurger and Milkshake Special at Truffle ...

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The Palms Market in WoodstockMarket at The Palms in Woodstock

Bringing country-style food to city tables every Saturday in Cape Town

river club greensGolfer’s Breakfast Special at the ...

Make the most of the weekend with a morning of good grub and elegant swings

Cheap Superdry Jeans from Labels4Less Factory StoreSuperdry Clothing Sale: T-shirts, Jeans ...

Save an extra R50 on already discounted designer denim, tops, bags and ...

Wild Fig Outdoor Restaurant Dining The Wild Fig Restaurant’s Alfresco ...

Enjoy long, lazy weekend lunches outdoors at this historic Cape Town eatery

Chefs Who ShareChefs who share – the ART of giving

Eat your heart out and feel good about it at this annual event.

Iron Maiden Concert 2Iron Maiden Concert South Africa

Get ready to rock as Britain’s best heavy metal band heads to Mzansi ...

Rush Trampoline Park in Cape TownBoundless Fun at Rush Trampoline Park ...

Put a spring in your step at this new Southern Suburbs-based entertainment hub

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Whip up everything from tasty smoothies and cocktails to delicious soups and ...

Open Streets Open Streets in Bellville and PARK(ing) ...

The fabulous art and performance fest is reclaiming the streets for another ...

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David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa 2Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre

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