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 2012
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Welcome to City Bowl MarketCity Bowl Thursday Night Market in Hope ...

Pop in to this quaint community market for a post-work meet and eat

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Banff Mountain Film FestivalBanff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Grab your popcorn and enjoy the world’s most inspiring and thought-provoking ...

Marriage of Figaro 2The Marriage of Figaro Opera at the ...

Watch the magic of Mozart’s compositions come to life in this comic opera ...

Rocking Hollywood 5Barnyard Theatre’s Rocking Hollywood ...

Have a musical trip down memory lane with the brilliant cast of Rocking in ...

Segway Tours at Spier Wine FarmSegway Tours at Spier Wine Farm

Take a two-wheeled tour of one of South Africa’s most innovative farms

Andiamo Restaurant in the Cape Quarter Cape TownLive Music Thursdays at Andiamo

Kiss the workday blues goodbye with good food and great tunes at the magical ...

De Grendel Wine Farm WineWine Tasting at De Grendel in ...

Enjoy a serene sampling experience in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs

Haute Cabriere Fine Dining MenuTaste of the Season Menu at Haute ...

Enjoy a specially curated platter of fresh seasonal produce at this Franschhoek ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show FugardRocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre

The timeless musical returns to Cape Town to give fans another round of racy ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

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

Forex The Foreign Exchange Cape Town ObservatoryBeer Pong Night at The Foreign Exchange ...

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

HQ tapas salmon parcelsHalf Price Tapas at HQ Restaurant

The legendary meaty eatery broadens its offerings with discounted delights ...

Swimming with Great White SharksWhite Shark Diving Company’s Killer ...

Come face-to-face with the ocean’s most fearsome fish with a great white ...

Stardust new venueDinner Theatre at Stardust Restaurant

The pre-Friday theatrical dining experience that will make you feel like your ...

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 ...

Richard's Bistro supper and stage KaapstadRichard’s Supper Stage “Kaapse ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

High Five Kite Surfer in Cape TownKitesurfing Lessons Special

Learn to kitesurf but leave the soaring costs behind

The Royal HotelThe Royal Hotel’s Dine & Dream ...

Stay at Riebeek Kasteel’s colonial treasure on a Thursday and eat for free

Oriscolls City Centre pub Cape TownAll-week, Double-whammy Happy Hour at ...

Drop kick the stress of the workweek with not one but two hours of discounted ...

Seafood Feast at Lola's on Long StreetHappy Hour at Lola’s on Long Street

Warm-up for the weekend with free live beats, all-night drink specials and ...

Langaro Spa staircaseMaternity Pamper Package Special at ...

The wellness and beauty hub is offering moms-to-be a specialised pregnancy ...

De Grendel Restaurant Food#ThrowbackThursday Restaurant Special ...

Tuck into old-school classics with a new-school twist at this Durbanville wine ...

Romantic Date Night & Movie at Twelve Apostles HotelDinner and a Movie Experience at The ...

Lights, camera and a three-course meal at one of Cape Town’s favourite fine ...

Winelands Tea at La MotteWinelands Tea at Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an old-Cape high tea at La Motte wine estate

Blokes Hair Brian OosthuizenFake Fridays Haircut Special at Blokes ...

Pair a bespoke haircut with a cold beer every Thursday for just R170

Wine and cheese platter from Peter FalkeSundowners at Peter Falke Wine Farm in ...

Toast dusk with fine wine and gorgeous cheese platters

Thursday Night Live Music at Jackal & Hide BarThursday Night Live Music Sessions at ...

It’s all about good grub and great tunes at this Cape Town hotspot’s FREE ...

James Bond Gun Fun After Hours Package007 Thursdays at Gun Fun

Get your kicks shooting the same guns as James Bond. For real.

Vegetarian pizza from Festa WellingtonPizza Special at Festa Restaurant

Take a bite out of this delicious deal in Wellington every Thursday night

Red Bull Doodle Art Cape Town Global GalleryRed Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery in ...

Catch 27 of the world’s finest doodles at a free curated and interactive ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Creative coffee morningCreativeMornings Cape Town

One free hour of inspiration with social entrepreneur and Eco-Brick Exchange ...

Banff Mountain Film FestivalBanff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Grab your popcorn and enjoy the world’s most inspiring and thought-provoking ...

Artists in Residence Concert Series at 15 on OrangeIntimate Just Jinjer Concert & Dinner ...

Get up close and personal with these massive music festival regulars at an ...

Matt Manning One Ingredient 7th FloorMatt Manning’s One Ingredient Pop-up ...

Learn how to prepare gourmet dishes while tucking into a four-course food and ...

Marriage of Figaro 2The Marriage of Figaro Opera at the ...

Watch the magic of Mozart’s compositions come to life in this comic opera ...

Rocking Hollywood 5Barnyard Theatre’s Rocking Hollywood ...

Have a musical trip down memory lane with the brilliant cast of Rocking in ...

Spier Secret Festival Stellenbosch Food Market & ConferenceThe Secret Festival and Conference

Get insider info, tips and tricks from leading international and local ...

Oriental-Dance-Festival-2International Oriental Dance Festival

Shimmy and shake your way to this weekend belly dancing fair in support of a ...

Julep Cocktail BarHappy Hour Cocktails at Julep Bar

This speakeasy-type watering hole offers up a late-night drinks deal in Cape ...

Abbott Nu Jazz Band at SotanoFriday Jazz Dinner at Sotano

Start the weekend in style with soulful beats and supreme fare at this Atlantic ...

Wembley Tap Bar Craft Beer Beer Pong at Wembley Tap Bar

Mix ping pong with artisan ale at this industrial-chic house of beer every ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show FugardRocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre

The timeless musical returns to Cape Town to give fans another round of racy ...

HQ Friday night DJ Dance partyFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

#AfterDark with DJ Rene: start the weekend with a steak dinner, stylish ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

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

Waterford wall 1Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Waterford ...

Pair sterling vintages with sweet treats at this world-class wine farm

Dutch Haven BarAfter-work Drinks and Live Music at ...

Enjoy an authentic Holland-style borreluur every Friday evening at this ...

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum LogoThe Springbok Experience Museum’s ...

Visit this world-class Waterfront attraction and enjoy a free Castle draught at ...

Wine Flies Forgotten Route TourThe Forgotten Route Train Tour to ...

Take the road less travelled on a two-day adventure to the Klein Karoo

Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

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

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

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping ...

Free Biltong online shopping South AfricaFree-range Fridays in Cape Town

Celebrate your weekend freedom with ethically produced biltong and droëwors

Magents Shoes & Apparel Labels4lessMagents Sneakers & Clothing Sale in ...

Internationally acclaimed South African brand relaunches with a R50 discount ...

Glenelly 1Meat and Cheese Platters at Glenelly ...

A Stellenbosch wine tasting with true French finesse

Bright Day Art Classes in WoodstockCreative Corporate Team Building with ...

Harness the power of creativity at an edgy customised workshop

Cozier Wine Shop LogoFree Wine Tasting at Cozier Wine Cellars

Sample sublime reds, whites, pinks and more for mahala right in the bosom of ...

Food and wine tasting at La MotteFood and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek estate

Elgin Food and Gift Fair 2Elgin Food and Gift Fair

Stock up on gifts for the upcoming festive season with this quaint ...

Electric Vines Music Festival 2New Year’s Electric Vines Music ...

Kick off your new year with this brand new outdoor party on a spectacular ...

Halloween Party at Shimmy Beach ClubMurder Mystery Dinner & Halloween Party ...

A four-course whodunit supper and a ghoulishly fun fancy dress jol await at ...

Fresch gnocchi at True Italic Cape TownIt’s Amore at True Italic Authentic ...

This Cape Town osteria’s lovingly introducing locals to genuine Italian ...

Ladies Night at Gun Fun Cape TownGun Fun Indoor Shooting Range in Cape ...

A fun way to relieve stress and try something new

Welcome to City Bowl MarketCity Bowl Thursday Night Market in Hope ...

Pop in to this quaint community market for a post-work meet and eat

Kwena Lodge at Gondwana Game ReserveGondwana Private Game Reserve

Discover the only genuine free-roaming Big Five safari experience in the ...

Bright Day Function Space Cape TownBright Talks: Marketing & Advertising ...

Industry gurus divulge trade secrets and get the cogs turning at this ...

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